Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson

I just recently watched a short video : HOW SOCIETY KILLS YOUR CREATIVITY (You can view the video for yourself by following the link at the bottom of the page). Here is an excerpt from the article written by ALANNA KETLER in the Collective Evolution.

“In many cases, the school system doesn’t celebrate gifts in the realm of art, music, poetry etc. Rather, the more logical analytical ways of knowledge are celebrated, such as math, science, and memorization. Sure, these are important gifts as well and they should be celebrated, but not all people fit into that mould. And then what happens to those gifts that are left untapped and never brought forward into our world for everyone to enjoy? Well, society wants us to believe that those gifts do not fit into our system and we can’t make a living by utilizing them.”

 We all need to remember not to get so caught up in getting ahead that we forget about what brings us joy and what makes us really come alive. People living in their highest joy, and following their bliss and passion is exactly what the world needs right now, so find out what makes you come alive and go do exactly that, and see how quickly your world transforms” – I wholeheartedly agree with Alanna Ketler and it is why I bring nature art into schools and homes.

I believe we are all born artists, highly creative, beautiful, soulful beings…today we are killing the spirit of the child, the very essence of who and what they are!

It breaks my heart to think of children who are not being given the opportunities to express themselves creatively….

The greatest gift you can give children is imagination – Eleanor Roosevelt

I am currently visiting an urban school where I am running nature art workshops for all the grade one students (100 in total) with the help of their amazing classroom teachers and several grade eleven helpers. Last week we took the students for a nature walk (it certainly was not the kind of nature walk I am use to.)

We had to cross 2 busy roads, one of which had no sidewalk, then along a railway to get in reach of some trees. Instead of listening and noticing nature along our walk, we had to be vigilant that we did not step onto the busy road and the only music to be heard was the constant roar of the busy traffic.

However, once we reached a safe spot, we  sat on the graveled ground and observed the trees surrounding us.

We silently listened for birds. Very few birds were heard or seen but when one did arrive the excitement was explosive and contagious.

The students drew what they saw and recorded their feelings.

We managed to get up close to several pines offering different textures, forms and smells for the students to investigate. We proceeded to hunt for fallen branches, leaves and other foliage we would require for our Nature Art Projects back in the classroom (“Butterfly Life Cycle” mobiles, Musical Instruments, Rocking Birds, Stick People to name but a few).

To our delight we were incredibly fortunate to find a whole bunch of leaves that caterpillars had munched. These were added to our “Butterfly Life Cycle” Mobiles.

The fallen branches morphed into the most incredible stick people characters that led the children to create their very own storybooks featuring their stick person as the main character.

And the excitement, they had experienced when the heard the beautiful bird song, flowed joyously into their stunning bird creations.

 

So where did this nature art project begin?

With Imagination

Whilst listening to a most magical and enchanting piece of music by John Sherman I imagined the students as butterflies dancing in the forest of giant stick people along to the branch flute music. I envisaged the students learning about the endangered butterflies and trees, and creating stories together that celebrate the gift of all life, the gift of creativity and the gift of wonder and imagination…and so the art project” Music and Stories of the Spirit of the Trees” was born.

Thanks to the grant funding from ARTSTARTS I was able to bring this project to life.

I believe that every adult has the responsibility to nurture a child’s creativity and I will continue to strive to provide these opportunities to children all around the world, wherever they are living in an urban setting or in the countryside.

IT CAN, AND MUST, BECOME PART OF EVERY CHILD’S LIFE AND EDUCATION!

Together let us celebrate our creativity, let us celebrate our collective oneness and this amazing planet, we call earth.

Be the change you wish to see in the world!

Change begins with you and me! Join us at Educating the Heart for a fun Nature Art Weekend in August – watch video:

This life changing coaching course will help you rekindle a love affair with the Natural world; Ignite your personal creative spirit and provide you with a years’ supply of nature based art activities.

Dates: 24th-26th February and 23rd – 25th March 2018

Location: Okanagan, BC, Canada

NATURE PLAY

 

I would like to leave you with a few photos of adults expressing themselves creatively during my nature art workshop – “We Protect What We Love” at the Children and Nature Network Conference in Stanley Park. (April 2017)

With love and deep appreciation, peace Marghanita x

If you wish to learn more about our Nature Art Program please visit: NATURE ART PROGRAM

Please take a few minutes out of your day to watch this short powerful video:

 

To learn more about Artstarts please click here: Artist in the classroom and there is a wealth of research on the benefits of outdoor learning at Children and Nature Network

Read full article by by ALANNA KETLER here: “Collective Evolution” 

 

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      Hi Kelsey, glad you enjoyed the post. Re: The spelling of mold – Thank you for bringing this to my attention. The paragraph containing the word “mold” is and excerpt from the original article written by ALANNA KETLER – I decided to leave it as it stands in its original context. Wishing you a beautiful and creative week, love Marghanita x

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