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 …

A Mothers Love is the Beginning of Everything

My mother loved art college and graduated as an art teacher but gave up her career to bring up my (3) brothers and I. (She returned to teaching when we were much older). Love is the beginning of everything When I was little, my mother held my hand and took me outdoors to listen to the birds (her favourite being …

Keep close to Nature’s heart

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir We have lost our intimacy with nature My love affair with trees began in childhood. Climbing up into the welcoming arms of the silver birch in our back garden was probably …

Nature Art – Sensory Play

Today’s focus was on Trees – colour, texture, shape, leaves, seeds… We began down at the lake – bark rubbing Elise is one of the special needs students I am fortunate to be working with this year. We learn together through nature play! We then headed back up to the wooded area at the back of the garden, gathering fallen …

Embracing Change – Autumn Leaf Play

My heart was sad – my daughter will be leaving in a few days to return to Scotland (our homeland). I am usually very good with change but saying goodbye to loved ones, knowing you won’t see them for a very long time, is hard. What began as a simple sketch – (expressing my emotions) – morphed into a beautiful …

ALIVE

Deep within the soul, we know that we are part of nature There is a longing to flow with the river of life; to be nourished by Mother Earth’s music and poetry…. Be wild and free, embrace what is real – go barefoot, listen to the birdsong, play in the water, dance with the wind, feel the love, breathe in …

AUTUMN NATURE ART WEEKEND

An opportunity to rediscover the joys of being creative in nature with Marghanita Hughes Wild, Barefoot and Free – Personal Rejuvenation and Inspiration Autumn gifts an abundance of treasure for us to explore and create into meaningful art. During the hands-on workshops, Marghanita will share activities on how to nurture a deep love and respect for the natural world through creative …

The more you love…

“The more you understand, the more you love; the more you love, the more you understand.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh   Making love hearts with the students and the educators is a beautiful way of expressing their love for one another and all life.    I will leave you with a little animation my son created for my book character Orange …

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 …