Spring Hill Mud Kitchen
September 6 - October 11, 2017
A mud kitchen is a play space that encourages ideation with natural materials such as mud, grass and sand, and household kitchen items like sinks, plates and kettles. Throughout this 6 week project, Sculpture School students are partnering with Spring Hill School in Waitsfield, VT to design and build furniture and structures for preschool age children.
Week 1: Brainstorm
September 6, 2017
On the first day of the project all the youth participants met at Spring Hill School to introduce the project to the preschoolers and to brainstorm all of the components of the mud kitchen. Almost all of them had attended SHS for preschool and were overjoyed to be back in the space reminiscing about their early childhood memories.
After introducing each other and discussing some possibilities for the mud kitchen, the whole group walked down to Foster forest to see the site of the proposed play area. The SHS kids gave us a brief tour of the space, showing us the brook and some good places to find mud.
After seeing the site it was time to roll up our sleeves and work on some projects together. A variety of activities were prepared to get everyone thinking about the play kitchen, including plywood pizza slices to be decorated with toppings and wooden crates to store all of our pots and pans.