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 Benefits of Nature Art Therapy

I have the privilege of playing and creating, learning and growing with this beautiful child. Elise is one of my special needs students that I am working with this year and what an absolute joy it is to share this creative journey with such an incredible little being.     We have been returning to the lake, forest and garden. …

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 …

Reconnecting with Nature

One way to reconnect with nature is to immerse yourself in the elements. By merging with the elements we are learning to honor and respect the earth, water, air and sun. Everywhere we live has a spirit Last night the wildness of this sacred land spoke to me as the storm whipped up the waves, I stood memorized by the …

THE JOY OF LEARNING

Here is part one of my latest nature art project “Telling our Stories with the Help of Nature’s Muses” – A three week joy filled learning exploration of our interconnectedness, life cycles and celebrations of all life. As Spring blooms so too do the grade one students of Khalsa Elementary School as they learn how to tell their stories orally, …

Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” – Sir Ken Robinson

I just recently watched a short video : HOW SOCIETY KILLS YOUR CREATIVITY (You can view the video for yourself by following the link at the bottom of the page). Here is an excerpt from the article written by ALANNA KETLER in the Collective Evolution. “In many cases, the school system doesn’t celebrate gifts in the realm of art, music, poetry etc. Rather, the …

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 …

Children’s creativity blossoms through rich experiences with the arts

“The world doesn’t need more ‘successful people.’ The world desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers and lovers of all kinds.” — Dalai Lama Music, art and drama connects, heals and enlivens our celebrations and I cannot think of a more magical way for children to engage in the arts than using nature as a stage to inspire, create and …

A Very Warm Welcome to 2017

Happy New Year Beautiful People I am super excited to welcome in the New Year with you. And to celebrate, I would like to gift you our Educating the Heart 2017 Calendar. In this years calendar I will share with you some of my new nature art projects for 2017 and you’ll have a chance to win one of the 12 …

Creative Outdoor Spaces – Simple Art Table

The creative process is magical, enchanting and ancient and I cannot think of a more inspiring place to nurture a child’s creativity than outdoors in nature. The Artist in Each of Us “Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us. To create means to relate. The root meaning of the word art is “to fit together” and we all …