Once Upon a Time…

Storytelling with Nature: Once upon a time their was a little Dragon… Children learn out of interest and curiosity. Elise is one of the special needs students I am working with this year. During our one to one session last week, she drew a dragon cloud in one of her paintings and told me she loved friendly dragons, so in …

Rudolph, Rain and Rainbows

We were making deer this week as they are frequent visitors to the garden and the forest at the back of the property. The family of deer and their young pass through the forest and garden every day, we don’t always see them but they do leave us clues of their visit. The deer represents many things to different cultures; …

Nature Art Therapy

During our one to one nature art therapy sessions – I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year. I cannot express the joy she is gifting me as we get creative with nature. Playful Sensory Experiences Yesterday, our …

We are all storytellers

Your Imagination is the key to unlocking the magical stories hidden in nature And so it was, a new creative exploration began to unfold, the minute I fell in love with this enchanting little leaf … It had me spellbound, the minute I held this incredible piece of art in my hands, along with its two little companions. “The power …

Reconnecting with Nature

One way to reconnect with nature is to immerse yourself in the elements. By merging with the elements we are learning to honor and respect the earth, water, air and sun. Everywhere we live has a spirit Last night the wildness of this sacred land spoke to me as the storm whipped up the waves, I stood memorized by the …

FRIDAY FOREST FUN – Bows and Arrows

Nature and Art are essential for the developing child The exercises we follow in our nature program are designed to engage mind, body and spirit, which in turn helps the child, grow into a whole being. The spirit needs to be recognized, nourished, encouraged; the imagination needs space and seeds of wonder to nurture, and the body needs fresh air …

GROWING UP IN HARMONY WITH NATURE

Froebel believed play was a necessary element in educating the “whole” child allowing them to use all their imaginative powers and physical movements to explore his interests. He stated, “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul.” Yesterday at Educating the Heart with Nature Art we were making …

The Power of Nature Play – Once Upon a Time

Imaginations flourish outdoors in nature Nature provides the best environment for creative adventures with found objects. A few sticks, flowers, pebbles, rocks and twine…can offer a child of any age hours of creative fun and learning opportunities. Nature gifts the most beautiful organic open-ended materials for all sorts of creative exploration. Storytelling with nature One of my favourite nature based art activities for children …

The Blending of Colours

This morning I was gifted the presence of a rather exquisite being. His vibrant colours popped out among the new growth of spring foliage. I love colour! The pheasants colours were mesmerizing. The deep vibrance of his head and neck colours complementing the blending of his body plumage colours, created a living, walking masterpiece. The main colour of his body is a …

The Beauty of a Moment

Over the course of the next few months I will be writing and illustrating a new book for my children’s book series Orange Moon. I have had so much fun with my Orange Moon doll that I intend to tell part of the story through her adventures, infusing photography into the illustrated book. As with all my books, I will be incorporating …