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 …

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 NATURE ART WORKSHOP DAY FOR ADULTS

  An Invitation to celebrate World Creative Day with us at Educating the Heart. Rediscover the joys of being creative in nature with Marghanita Hughes     Join us for a magical and enchanting Nature Art workshop day for adults     Saturday 21st April 2018, Lake Country, BC 10am – 8pm     Enjoy a full day of soulful, nature based …

Nurturing the Child’s Creative Spirit

Continuing my sessions on Storytelling with Nature with special needs student Elise, we investigated what the animals and birds need in order to survive – shelter, water and food. (Post on Habitat will follow) Having made clay and paper-mache models of the main book characters (fox, crow, rabbit and owl), Elise wished to take them into the forest to help …

Storytelling with Nature

Had oodles of fun today in the snow recording a new video session for Storytelling with Nature. Can you guess what storybook we were sharing today – it features a Crow as the main character and all his forest friends and involves snow and fire?   The students (both young and old) love making the characters out of clay and …

Nature Play All Year Round: Investigating the Elements: Water

There was a scattering of snow left in the forest and by the lake shore offering wonderful opportunities for my special needs student to investigate the element: Water I try to have an offering for each lesson that allows for spontaneous exploration and free-flowing creative adventures. This morning Elise noticed the paint containers were full of ice, what a delightful …

Nature Art – Anytime of the Year

Elise, my special needs student leads the way – she knows the path well now, jumping over boulders and large roots. Children are natural explorers We walk slowly observing and listening. We climb the rocks and jump over driftwood and experiment with sticks, rocks, pinecones and the frost. We say thank you for all the natural items we collect and …