Creativity blossoms in play

Play isn’t just for kids – I am constantly playing with loose parts found in nature. Fallen leaves morph into my “Three Wise Men” …dry grasses and renmants of Autumn make the most delightful angel dresses… Creativity blossoms in play Outdoors in nature – we are surrounded by loose parts such as fallen branches, leaves, feathers, rocks, pebbles, driftwood, seeds …

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 …

Storytelling with Nature – 3 Wise Men

I have always collected fallen leaves. I press them in an old book. They lose a lot of their colour and become quite brittle but if you are gentle, they can be used for beautiful creations at anytime of the year. Working on Christmas cards, I spread a few leaves out onto my desk – 3 leaves immediately spoke to …

Nature Art Therapy: Making Music

As we walked along the pebbled beach, we listened to the water, lapping and splashing. We listened to the sound of the small rocks moving ever so slightly beneath our feet. The frost (like a glue) had stuck them together. Elise investigated the frozen leaves and gathered a few feathers to put in her basket. My basket was full of empty …

Let the Forest Echo with Laughter

This simple sign has followed me for the past 9 years. Popping up at all the different forest locations, I have had the privilege of running nature art classes, each one unique, offering infinite learning opportunities for the students, young and old.   The sign seems right at home in it’s new location, the forest hill at the back of …

5 fun activities to do outdoors this weekend

Autumn and Spring (depending on where you are in the world) offer infinite possibilities for creative exploration with nature; fallen leaves morph into meaningful works of art, fallen branches make great dens to hide in or little companions to play with….Here are a few simple nature-based art activities that you and your family/ students of all ages can have fun …

Artists and Nature

My desk is always messy, especially with all the treasure I find in nature; horse chestnuts become conkers, fallen leaves morph into little crowns. However, this week it’s even messier, after a visit to the local library. I love visiting the library! I love books! I found a most delightful book on the wonderful abstract artist Paul Klee ” Life and …

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 …

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 …

The Joy of Learning

Dearest Marghanita, When I first started the Nature Art online program I wanted to reconnect with nature and the inner child hidden in me. Moreover, as a young educator I was at that time, I did not know from where to start the teaching process. Following each and every chapter of your program I get to know myself better and …