Grateful for the Bird Song

Sunday was grey, the clouds hung low over the mountain – there was a heaviness in the air then I spotted several mountain blue birds and heard the sweet angelic bird song which filled my heart with so much love and appreciation – colour seemed to fill the sky – bird song always makes me smile…they also remind me of …

Forming Meaningful Relationships with Nature through Art

Last week I ran a 2 day workshop down in Vancouver. The school I was visiting is located in a highly urbanized neighborhood, the opportunity for children to interact with nature are very few in day to day lives. Bringing nature into the classroom provides opportunities for the students to explore, discover and learn about the natural world. During our …

The Joy is in the Process

We were filming our latest Nature Art video today. Strong winds the night before showered the path with pine needles- gifting us a brand new canvas to work with.     An invitation to create land art – an Autumnal Mandala     Like all art – the joy is in the process – not the finsihed product.     Adults …

A little spirited friend says hello

Today I was working on an art proposal for a new nature art project entitled “Rooted in Love” When I looked up from my computer – there she was – happily feasting on the wild rose beside our large fairy den.     What a thrill to have this beautiful, curious young soul gaze in at me,  we were both …

We Are All Beautiful – The Power of Storytelling

I believe we can all be storytellers and Mother Nature is the best storyteller of all. She also provides us with the most wonderful natural materials to explore, play with and help create our very own stories. It’s through nature play that I discover more about myself, the environment in which I live and it’s where stories find me. WATCH …

The Colourful Smile of a Miracle

I love colour, it ignites my soul – the colours in nature invite me to dance, sing and celebrate – they invite me to play, to absorb their vibrancy, their love, their energy, they invite me to create. Magic filled the air As soon as I stepped outside I could feel the magic in the air     I have …

Artstarts Project – Where Does Our Food Come From ?

A creative journey of discovering where our food comes from, in this particular journey we investigate the fascinating story of the chocolate tree. Although, we rarely think about seeds, nine out of every ten bites of food we eat today start with seeds and chocolate begins as a seed too. Through a series of hands-on workshops the students learned about …

Students Wall Hangings – Interbeing (Clouds In Each Paper)

Artstarts Project – “The fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – Workshop 3 – Canvas Wall Hangings Grades 3,4 and 5 students investigated the beautifully written passage “Interbeing” by Thich Nhat Hanh. Interbeing means that you are part of the whole web of life. You are not isolated and alone. When you become peaceful, happy and solid the world benefits. …

Childhood Is A Time of Wonder – Dandelion Love

I have always loved dandelions! When I was young, I would make daisy and dandelion crowns and I still do! I also love drawing dandelions, observing the butterflies and bees that visit them but the best thing of all, is sharing the wonders of these amazing flowers with my students. This week with my special needs student, we are learning all …

The Living World Inspires Creativity

  The natural world is filled with inspiring birds, animals, plants, trees and creatures, large and small, in the sky, land and water. Springtime is a very exciting time, offering great opportunities to observe the birds and their nest building. Many different birds can be spotted with their beaks full of nesting material. Simple Bird Nest (part one)     …