The creative process is magical, enchanting and ancient and I cannot think of a more inspiring place to nurture a child’s creativity than outdoors in nature.
The Artist in Each of Us
“Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all do this every day. Not all of us are painters but we are all artists. Each time we fit things together we are creating – whether it is to make a loaf of bread, a child, a day.” -Corita Kent
There is an innate need in all of us to express ourselves creatively. Our cave-dwelling ancestors wanted to share their stories and eventually with us, through their art. And I believe nature is one of the most purist,honest, awe – inspiring places to be creative.
“Teachers are so tired of the direction that much of education has been going toward…toward more and more testing, toward canceling recess, toward longer school hours, toward anything but real experience in the real world.” – Richard Louv
Being with Nature
Young children are always present in the moment. Not thinking about yesterday or what might happen tomorrow –they are fully present – observing, aware of all that is around them. Children know instinctively how to be with nature.
Shape, colour, textures, patterns all flow into one another – they tell us something – we can appreciate the visual world when we learn how to use the language of art.
We tend to think of an outdoor space as some big piece of land with lots of amazing structures ; yet children will be more than happy with a simple art table, a few recycled tyres and a few tree stumps and lot’s of loose parts.
Less is more!
Over the last 6 years I have created outdoor classrooms in many different locations.
Sometimes, not having a set location makes the quest for a space an exciting adventure. Locations do not have to be permanent. Ever-changing locations for outdoor classes can inspire imaginative structures and homes with the changing views and variety of new materials to be found.
All Year Round – Snow Painting on Table
We love our simple art tables because we can make as much mess as we like…
…and we can move the art tables around.
It can also double up as a party table…
Imagine what an amazing outdoor space you and your students ( or family) could make!
I would like to gift you a free PDF on How to make the simple Outdoor Art Table (an excerpt from the online Nature Art Program – chapter 6 Creating Outdoor Spaces and Classrooms) – To receive your free PDF simply leave a comment below on why you feel nature and art are important in our children’s lives.
Wishing you all a beautiful and creative week, love and peace Marghanita x