Winter offers new investigations regarding the trees. We began our lesson by noticing the trees that were evergreen, like the giant Ponderosa Pine trees. We stopped to admire these friendly giants. Elise remembered the bird nests we built with the pine needles last week.
Moving about keeps us warm during these cooler winter days. Elise loves owls and so we became owls, flying, hunting, laughing…among the Ponderosa Pines.
All children need to MOVE, RUN and BE FREE during the day – big kids too!!!!
Texture, colour, shape, smell
We then headed down to explore the bare trees – only a few odd leaves remaining.
We felt the pale-silvery bark, how smooth it felt, compared to the roughness of the dark drown Ponderosa tree bark.
Exploring and observing the trees and their visitors, fosters a deeper, loving relationship with nature
“We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I believe there is an innate need (desire) in all of us to be creative. Being creative is part of what makes us human and most complete as people. Without that creative expression, we are soulless beings.
In our technologically driven world, our students are subjected to an academically driven schedule and starved of meaningful (soulful) learning. Nature art offer students an opportunity to explore and experience the world from a creative perspective.
The natural world inspires creativity
Today in our class we created a tree painting featuring these beautiful bare trees using masking tape, wax crayons and ink. First, Elise added her tree trunks using the masking tape.
Elise giggled each time the masking tape got tangled.
Some of her trees lay across the paper – “Timber” she shouted gently as she placed a fallen tree trunk onto her painting.
Nature’s beauty cultivates gratitude and ignites the imagination
Once Elise had placed all her tree trunks, she drew the branches using a white wax crayon. We then used blue water-colour ink to bring out the invisible trees and a tiny tree house Elise had drawn for her little elf friend to play in.
What was so lovely about this class was watching Elise paint in such a relaxed and free way.
This freedom is rare in a classroom with walls and where everything is RUSHED!
Elise is one of my special needs students. These one to one sessions allow Elise to explore, create and learn at her own pace.
We left the ink to dry.
Removing the masking tape was oodles of fun too – especially when it stuck to our gloves.
Grateful for the Trees
Elise added a few of her favourite birds – yes you’ve guessed it – owls…and several little nests. Our hearts were full of gratitude for the trees and all that they gift us each and every season.
Let’s make 2018 the year nature play becomes every day play!
If we deprive students “the arts” we deprive part of their rightful need to express themselves creatively. And I cannot think of a more magical and inspiring place to be creative than outdoors in nature.
Further reading ” Study Shows We Are Born Creative Geniuses But The ‘Education’ System Dumbs Us Down” – well worth a read, here is the link We Were Born Creative Geniuses
Wishing you all a beautiful and creative weekend, with love and gratitude on this sacred new day, peace Marghanita x