Elizabeth (Beth) Murphy
- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Myself and my Family (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Materials (Science), Energy and forces (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Meath, Offaly
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
During a visit, Beth Connects the children and teachers to their natural environment. Working indoors and outdoors the children will work with natural materials to create habitats, bird feeders, nests, fairy domes and other organic projects. Beth loves to work with natural materials she finds in the forests and hedgerows and is greatly inspired by the birds nest building skills and she will introduce the children to various types of birds nests.
Beth is a skilled Basket Weaver and will use the ancient techniques of weaving through her projects. If you have a Green Space Beth will design and plan your Outdoor Classroom, using low maintenance willow to plant and weave, tunnels, arches, domes, wigwams and other organic shapes.
A typical day workshop will consist of 2 x 2 hr slots working with 30 children in each slot. This would cover an introduction to willow using a slide show and also a hands on activity. To avail of the Outdoor Class Room project a group of five sessions is advisable.
Beth founded her business Willow Wonder in 2005 and has been working with Schools to promote Heritage Craft and connect students with their natural environment ever since. She is registered with DCCOI on their CRAFTed program, The Teachers Council, Kildare Arts, Artist For a Day program and with KWETB Tutor panel. All workshops can be tailored to suit the School and needs of each class.
Beth has recently been featured on RTE JNR as part of their series "Makers".
"The children had an excellent session with Beth and we are looking at having her back to work with two more classes. We are also hoping to engage her in the Spring to work on an outdoor project."
"Our Willow Arbour day was fantastic. What was created today was just go híontach. We loved Beth and she was super with us all."
"A really fantastic expert to have had - many thanks again."
"Great experience for the children - learnt the traditional craft of basket weaving"
"A amazing project lead by a wonderfully experienced, skilled and diligent artist/craftswoman." - Queen of the Universe N.S., Carlow
"Beth's visit to our school was so enjoyable from beginning to end. The children gained so much knowledge and enjoyment from her time with us. We cannot thank her enough and indeed the Heritage in Schools scheme for creating this wonderful opportunity to learn about one of our most ancient crafts- willow weaving, how our local environment connects and how creating biodiversity and sustainability are two essential parts of our responsibility here on earth. We are now very excited and stimulated to pursue a plan for our new outdoor garden area and further create a stimulating environment for all."
"The children loved working with Beth and learning all about the many uses of Willow in the past and present." - Coill Dubh N.S., Kildare
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Offers visits as Gaeilge