Our Hungry Caterpillar

  As a children’s author and illustrator of children’s books, I will often begin an art therapy session for my special needs students with a picture book. This week, I couldn’t resist the classic “The Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carl. I love the simplicity of the illustrations, especially the segmented form of the caterpillar….which led me to create this little driftwood …

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)     …

It’s the weekend – you’ll find me in the forest!

It’s the weekend…You’ll find me in the forest!     or up a mountain   Wildness is a necessity… “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, …

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 Play All Year Round: Investigating the Elements: Water

There was a scattering of snow left in the forest and by the lake shore offering wonderful opportunities for my special needs student to investigate the element: Water I try to have an offering for each lesson that allows for spontaneous exploration and free-flowing creative adventures. This morning Elise noticed the paint containers were full of ice, what a delightful …

Wishing you a Magical and Enchanting Christmas

Wishing all you beautiful souls, a Magical and Enchanting Christmas with your loved ones. One of the most precious gifts you can give is your time. The holiday season offers plenty of opportunities to play outdoors in nature with your loved ones, friends, neighbors. Go barefoot – just for a few seconds or sit around an open fire… Create some …

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 …

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 …

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 …