A Ruin with a View

I am often asked where do your ideas come from Marghanita? My answer – “from exploring and playing with nature.” It’s a very free-flowing, spontaneous and organic process; observing my surroundings with an open heart and mind. For example, last Tuesday, dare I say, I escaped the city of Edinburgh and headed for the Fife coast. During a coastal walk I …

We are not separate – we are nature

I see ourselves, nature and art as inseparable. The environment is not somewhere else Nature is not somewhere you go to – it is everywhere and we are part of it. This series of photographs did not set out as a project, in-fact it began as just an ordinary day walking in the city when, in the distance a golden …

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 …