Artstarts Project – Where Does Our Food Come From ?

A creative journey of discovering where our food comes from, in this particular journey we investigate the fascinating story of the chocolate tree. Although, we rarely think about seeds, nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with seeds and chocolate begins as a seed too. Through a series of hands-on workshops the students learned about …

THE DANCE OF INTER-BEING (Nature Art Workshop)

Overlooking Lake Okanagan – You are invited to join Marghanita Hughes and Jessica Saunders for a transformation afternoon of art. As we illuminate our woven tapestry of Inter-being. Watch the video:   Opening up the afternoon with an inner clearing of space as we provide a journal for a guided radical writing technique     Igniting our inner child to take flight through …

Students Wall Hangings – Interbeing (Clouds In Each Paper)

Artstarts Project – “The fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – Workshop 3 – Canvas Wall Hangings Grades 3,4 and 5 students investigated the beautifully written passage “Interbeing” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits. …

Childhood Is A Time of Wonder – Dandelion Love

I have always loved dandelions! When I was young, I would make daisy and dandelion chains and I still do! I also love drawing dandelions, observing the butterflies and bees that visit them but the best thing of all, is sharing the wonders of these amazing flowers with my students. This week with my special needs student, we are learning all …

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 …

The Living World Inspires Creativity

  The natural world is filled with inspiring birds, animals, plants, trees and creatures, large and small, in the sky, land and water. Springtime is a very exciting time, offering great opportunities to observe the birds and their nest building. Many different birds can be spotted with their beaks full of nesting material. Simple Bird Nest (part one)     …

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 Art – Spring Awakening

Spring is playing with my soul – the colourful birds have arrived gifting immense joy as they sing with such purity – flying from one bare branch to the next. The buds on the bare trees are tempted to to burst forth with new life, yet holding back, knowing the frost is still looming..but I cannot wait, my soul is …

CELEBRATING PURPLE DAY

Purple Day is on Monday 26th March – helping to raise awareness of epilepsy. 50 Million people have epilepsy world wide. I wasn’t aware of Purple Day until I started my nature art therapy sessions with little Elise, one of my special needs students. Elise suffers from a very rare neurological disorder, Subcortical Band Heterotopia #SBH. While the brain was …