Childhood Is A Time of Wonder – Dandelion Love

I have always loved dandelions! When I was young, I would make daisy and dandelion crowns and I still do! I also love drawing dandelions, observing the butterflies and bees that visit them but the best thing of all, is sharing the wonders of these amazing flowers with my students. This week with my special needs student, we are learning all …

Happy Earth Day

Earth Day is Every Day at Educating the Heart Here are several of the grade 3,4 and 5 beautiful wall hangings on display at school – the students personal interpretation of the meaning of the word “Inter being”. What a joy and privilege it is to to witness the students understanding of our interconnectedness – fills me with hope for …

Interbeing Wall Hanging

Today, I was working on a sample piece to show how we can take our simple illustration and replicate it into a fabric wall hanging.     Each student was invited to illustrate their own interpretation of Interbeing – a short passage written by Thich Nhat Hahn from his wonderful book – Peace is Every Step. Here is an excerpt …

Our Hungry Caterpillar

  As a children’s author and illustrator of children’s books, I will often begin an art therapy session for my special needs students with a picture book. This week, I couldn’t resist the classic “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl. I love the simplicity of the illustrations, especially the segmented form of the caterpillar….which led me to create this little driftwood …

The Living World Inspires Creativity

  The natural world is filled with inspiring birds, animals, plants, trees and creatures, large and small, in the sky, land and water. Springtime is a very exciting time, offering great opportunities to observe the birds and their nest building. Many different birds can be spotted with their beaks full of nesting material. Simple Bird Nest (part one)     …

Discovering our Deep Rooted Connection with Nature through Creative Exploration

Out first day of our creative journey (school nature art project involving 47 students – grades 4 and 5) begins on Thursday with a presentation on the “Fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – followed by a storytelling with nature workshop. The Fascinating Story of the Cacao Tree As a visual artist, I am always looking for ways to best …

Nature Art can help improve the health and wellbeing of our children

Our latest Artstarts project was inspired by two elements: My love of chocolate and discovering how we can have a healthy intake of chocolate if it is the right chocolate. (Below, Apricot and Oat Cacao Raw Bar)   The second element was from a passage I read many years ago – the inspiring passage was from the book “Peace Is …

Soulful Art – Spring Awakening

Spring is playing with my soul – the colourful birds have arrived gifting immense joy as they sing with such purity – flying from one bare branch to the next. The buds on the bare trees are tempted to to burst forth with new life, yet holding back, knowing the frost is still looming..but I cannot wait, my soul is …

CELEBRATING PURPLE DAY

Purple Day is on Monday 26th March – helping to raise awareness of epilepsy. 50 Million people have epilepsy world wide. I wasn’t aware of Purple Day until I started my nature art therapy sessions with little Elise, one of my special needs students. Elise suffers from a very rare neurological disorder, Subcortical Band Heterotopia #SBH. While the brain was …

FREE FOREST FAIRY DOLL GIVEAWAY

It is St Patricks Day this Saturday…to celebrate we’re giving away a FREE Forest Fairy – Nika the rock hunter…she’s our green butterfly forest fairy. Ireland is called the ‘Emerald Isle’  –  Emerald Isle is the poetic name for Ireland due to its green countryside, what a magical name don’t you think! I love the colour green, there are so …