Fort Building

April 17 - September 23, 2018

Fort building sessions offer kids the freedom to design structures in the forest. They sculpt with lumber and natural materials — turning stumps into benches, building bridges over streams, and clearing plants to create trails.

This program was inspired by an adventure playground in Berkeley, CA. Adventure playgrounds, sometimes called “junk playgrounds,” give kids the freedom to build and play among forts and climbing structures.

The Sculpture School take on the adventure playground concept is set within the woods surrounding our shop at Knoll Farm in Fayston, VT. Kids have access to drills, screws, clamps, scrap wood, and jigsaws. They use these tools and materials to construct in a natural landscape, adding on, taking down and evolving the village of forts through the seasons.


Session 1

April 17, 2018

A group of 8 kids, ages 7-10, braved the snow to take part in the first fort building session in mid-April 2018. The cold and wet terrain didn’t stop kids from building, they eagerly worked for hours constructing ladders and platforms in the forest.


Session 2

April 19, 2018


Session 3

April 20, 2018


Session 4

July 9, 2018


Session 5

July 11, 2018