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 …

Slow down

Many of us feel over worked, over whelmed and stressed out; experiencing a real sense of disconnection with the natural world. When we feel like this its a sign to look at our priorities and make some changes. As we rush through our lives, it’s easy to lose focus on what is really important. Yesterday, I took time out to sketch …

Happy first day of March!

Each month gifts endless opportunities to explore and create outdoors in nature. The birth of Spring unfolds in March, gifting longer, warmer days to play outdoors. Fallen branches are easier to find now that the snow has finally melted and snow drops, daffodils and crocuses offer delightful colour, texture and scent to our nature play and creations. One of our favourite …

The Power of Imagination – Soup, Bugs and Journals

Imagination stirs in nature… The students decided they would make soup. The giant tractor tire became the cooking pot. The students gathered cones, grasses and wildflowers to add to their bubbling soup. Later the tire became a sailing boat and then a witches couldron. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire …