Workshops

The man and nature: following the steps of the first craftsmen.

The GRAAL develops practical activities in teaching matter allowing the discovery of the domestic practices which rythmé the days and the let us seasons of our ancestors. The purpose of all these activities are to make become aware of the richness of the natural resources present environment in year which the Young townsmen really any more C not perceive. The landscape of the littoral maritime lime pit primarily marshy and is subjected to the and fluviatile influences. However in fact the materials available condition the methods of construction and the kraft industries of has soil. In only addition has deep knowledge of to their natural environment made it possible to the men to adapt to this relatively hostile and unhealthy medium. It is this concrete perceive direction of survival that we would like to make by " savoir-faire ".

Our " dressed up " speakers, frame the children in their awakening of the simplicity of the daily artisanal techniques which are proposed to them: Pottery, Weaving, Dyeing and Kitchen. The meetings are designed to last approximately an hour thirty, the hour of the interventions remaining to specify. The main part of the activities turns around the work of clay, material essential and necessary to the majority of animations, of which the source can modify the color enormously, the quality of the products finished as well as the difficulty of manufacture. 4 axes were thus developed around cob, of the pottery, weaving and the kitchen. By the realization of cob (mixture of clay, straw and water) for the walls of the furnaces, it is about réapproprier the artisanal techniques of construction. Beyond manufacture, it is a whole chain which it is necessary to mobilize: seek and recognition of clay, collecting of hay in the fields, realization of the mixture to the hand, and, last once the first apprehension... the joy of dirtying themselves while taking part in the construction of a hut and of seeing work advancing. The practice of the pottery to the wad makes it possible to the children to handle and make their hands various objects which once the time of respected drying are cooked then given to their owner. The cooking of the potteries in the furnaces produced by the children themselves will be the theatre of multiple experiments in order to obtain red ceramics (cooking in oxygenated medium) or black (cooking in closed circle). Several weaving looms are proposed (vertical, with grids, in the shape of arc). The diversity of the business allows the training of various techniques of weaving to children surprised by the simplicity of this ancestral mode of realization of clothing. Various types of fabrics: tease, flax, cotton (imported of America at the XV 2nd century.) will be evokedTeaching concepts could be approached, thus the wool dyeing with or without chromate finishing, the search for colour thanks to the study of the plants: starting from an herbarium, the plants most useful (cereals, plants tinctorial, reeds, willows, hazel trees...) for the man will be the subjects of search in the neighbourhoods of the camping. Finally after a hard afternoon of labour, the participants who were used for themselves of a simple grinding stone (2 blocks of stones) to grind corn; can enjoy the rolls cooked in the Neolithic furnaces. The whole of these activities is conceived to make take part the children and teenagers, nevertheless the tools necessary to certain operations theirs are entrusted only according to their maturity and in the presence of an organizer, in addition only the organizers will carry out cookings. Moreover so as to being able to ensure the teaching quality of animations we ask to intervene only with groups reduced to a dozen children by speaker.

Baker's Oven Weaving Torchis