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. …

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 …

Let’s Make Nature Play Every Day

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. Play… Moving about keeps us warm during these cooler winter days. Elise loves owls and so we …

Children’s creativity blossoms through rich experiences with the arts

“The world doesn’t need more ‘successful people.’ The world desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” — Dalai Lama Music, art and drama connects, heals and enlivens our celebrations and I cannot think of a more magical way for children to engage in the arts than using nature as a stage to inspire, create and …

The best friend on earth of man is the tree

Today I had the pleasure of spending sometime with this majestic giant…a beautiful, enriching and quenching time. Madly in love with Trees! This love affair with trees began in childhood when I climbed my first Silver Birch and has grown deeper and more intimate over the years. The trees are my friends; forever nurturing my soul… Trees are a constant source of inspiration for my work and …

Little Pots of Love

Every Flower is a Soul Blossoming in Nature Gerard De Nerval My little travelling companions were thrilled to be reunited with their colourful scented friends. Nature’s Beauty Cultivates Gratitude I am truly grateful for the flowers on this sacred new day, for their vibrant colour and beauty – softening the dominating grey harshness of the city buildings….what a joy! We don’t need …

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 …

Storytelling with Nature Art : Stick People

The Importance of Communication in a Digital World. Remembering who and what we are through storytelling in nature, with nature. WATCH THE VIDEO: “Nature inspires creativity in a child by demanding visualization and the full use of the senses” Richard Louv – Last Child in the Woods FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY – PURCHASE YOUR BOOKLET PDF HERE  ONLY $9.99 …