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Midsummer Madness

Msummer birdmaking afterwardsThis year Art Plumstead decided to stay put instead of devising a promenade performance. It was just as much fun, but all in one place, on Winn’s Common. There were three different workshops running concurrently, aimed at all ages, because adults need to play too! The first activity was making a paper cockatoo, embellished with additional feathers and optional beak. As people finished, they were free to choose which of the next two activities they wanted to try next, which made space for the steady stream of new arrivals.

Msummer birdmaking 1Msummer birdmaking 2The second workshop was all about quick sketching in unfamiliar ways, such as with eyes closed, scribbling constantly to create a tonal study of the landscape, or using the opposite hand from usual. To end, everyone was invited to make a life study of Andrew, the facilitator, using all the skills that they had practiced so far. The final workshop was an informal group exercise that allowed freestyle weaving of natural materials onto a framework of branches prepared by Marje .

Msummer sketching 1Msummer sketching 2Msummer sketching 3Msummer sketching 4Msummer weaving 1Msummer weaving 2After all that sitting around it was time for a bit of physical activity in the form of dancing with partners, led by John and Erik, who were suitably dressed for the occasion. Weaving a bit of humorous banter into their teaching, they managed to coach the group through a routine involving steps, kicks and doh-si-dohs. To round off the festivities, we all adjourned to the Art Plumstead pop up bar, where snacks and drinks were on offer.

Msummer dancing 2

Msummer dancing 1Msummer dancing 3

Plumstead Common – Walk and Remember, 2nd September

The Old Mill Plumstead

Our starting point, and journey’s end

This is the first Photographic Walk organised by Art Plumstead. Although it is intended to be a photographic walk, it will be suitable for anyone who draws or paints from photographs, and could prove inspirational for writers of any description. Even if you have no intention of creating anything as a result, why not come along and enjoy the experience of being part of a group walk? You may see sights you’ve never seen before! We will meet outside The Old Mill at 11am on Sunday, 2nd September, setting off at 11.10am. Bring suitable clothing, especially footwear, and a fully charged camera.

Mulberry Tree

Mulberry Tree, a legacy of the days when the Nature Reserve was a garden

This walk will take us to the Old Vicarage, before dipping down into the Conservation Area. It continues across the Common to the Slade Pond, then to Winn’s Common, detouring into the wild area adjacent to Bleak Hill Lane, into the Wildflower Meadow, taking in part of the Green Chain Walk as it slopes down to Wickham Lane, then returning along the northern edge of the Common to take in sweeping views over Essex, before ending at The Old Mill.

Upper Wickham Lane

There are high views galore from Plumstead Common

The walk is somewhat over a mile long, but be aware there are a lot of steps to be negotiated. Having said that, it is possible to bypass these or ‘sit out’ where they occur at each end of the Common, before rejoining the walk.

houses in trees

Trees, suburban housing and tower blocks, Plumstead has it all…