The life of a Tree


This workshop introduces the student to the basic and fundamental aspects necessary for the production of sculptural objects, from natural materials, in the most part of trees and plants origin.

To learn about and analyse the relationship between these natural materials and the use people make of them.

To do this we will collect natural materials such as leaves, branches and plants found in the garden of the school or in spaces nearby, as well as industrialized elements that can be found in our daily environment such as books, magazines, cork stoppers, wood clothespegs, toothpicks etc. to later perform with them sculptural objects.

This workshop aims to show us that it is possible to give a new life to theses materials and to build on using them to create works of art or design new objects without having to cut down more trees, showing us that it is possible to “reforest”, through reuse.

This is a project in which we are taught to not waste natural matter but to recuperate from tree matter to compose in a additive way, to create works that speak of the essence of the forests and the existing human being in the world.

The life of a tree is intended to portray in a didactic way all the phases through which a tree passes, since it is a seed and its growth to its logging and subsequent use in the form of industrialized wood which comprise numerous everyday objects, from tables, chairs, spoons, or sticks, and on the other hand the manufacture of paper pulp that will compose booksfoils and all types of documents.

It intends to observe our surroundings and with the use of simple, everyday things to create a sculptural piece completely playful, freeing us from all kinds of rules and techniques that often imprison us.

General objectives

-Develop the expressive capacity and promote creativity.
-Develop technical and practical skills in the use of materials and instruments of the sculpture.
-Acquring the ability of self-appraisal and own action in the creative process.
-Develop the capacity for analysis and synthesis on the basic structural components of the sculpture: modeling, volume and texture.
-Development of selection criteria and application of various materials and techniques depending on the nature of the work and its aesthetic approaches.
-Encourage reflection and criticiscm of the creative process itself.
-To simultaneously pay attention to issues such as sustainability, reuse, and responsible consumption.


The purpose of this workshop is to develop an awareness of respect for trees.

Avoid being considered mercantilist objects or object of consumption and encourage change in treatment showing humanity towards them.

Driving this change is part of the work Álvaro Tamarit has done with reused wood, paper and abandoned books, so let us consider the trees and any wood as an inert matter.

Every time you touch a wood, a paper, a book or anything that comes from the matter formed by the life of the tree, we will have to start to reconsider the value of trees for the survival of the planet and the humans.

The life of a tree is intended to teach us to value trees as valuable objects, precious objects that have feelings that show us as any other living being, and that when we give them water and food they appreciate it, giving us fruit; then we embrace them, we cherish and take care of them are splendid in its maximum beauty.

The ultimate goal of this workshop is to generate another type of behaviour towards the trees, develop laws of protection equal to the ones that exist to protect humans and their properties. Educate new generations the value of respect and the culture necessary to appreciate and take care of the common good assets are the trees and that perhaps because of all we don’t care as well as things that belong to one single.

Educational workshop by Álvaro Tamarit

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