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 …

NATURE, ART AND MUSIC: THE JOY OF LEARNING

Continuing the journey of the “Stories and Music from the Spirit of the Trees” a nature art project consisting of 12 workshops – inspired by the beautiful branch flute music – “Butterfly Blue” by Jon Sherman. Workshop 4: Musical Instruments made from nature What animals, birds or insects do we think of when we hear the gentle jingle of a bell …

Why Nature Art Matters

CHILDREN NEED TO BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO FALL IN LOVE WITH NATURE Children’s emotional and affective values of nature develop earlier than their abstract, logical and rational perspectives (Kellert 2002). We need to allow children to develop their biophilia, their love for the Earth, before we ask them to save it. Here is a beautiful and magical way for …

Taking the class into Nature – it’s powerful!

FALLING IN LOVE WITH NATURE All children need to see and experience trees to understand their deep-rooted connection to these magnificent beings and the positive impact they have on our well being. Continuing our project “MUSIC AND STORIES FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE TREES” – inspired by a beautiful piece of music by Jon Sherman – Butterfly Blue (see previous …

MUSIC AND STORIES FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE TREES

My latest nature based art project  “MUSIC AND STORIES FROM THE SPIRIT OF THE TREES” –  infuses music, art and drama with other curriculum subjects into a magical, colourful performance with an environmental message. Art, music and drama should be part of every child’s basic education. Just like nature, the arts are part of what make us human. We have been creating art …