Interbeing Wall Hanging

Today, I was working on a sample piece to show how we can take our simple illustration and replicate it into a fabric wall hanging.     Each student was invited to illustrate their own interpretation of Interbeing – a short passage written by Thich Nhat Hahn from his wonderful book – Peace is Every Step. Here is an excerpt …

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)     …

Discovering our Deep Rooted Connection with Nature through Creative Exploration

Out first day of our creative journey (school nature art project involving 47 students – grades 4 and 5) begins on Thursday with a presentation on the “Fascinating Story of the Chocolate Tree” – followed by a storytelling with nature workshop. The Fascinating Story of the Cacao Tree As a visual artist, I am always looking for ways to best …

CELEBRATING PURPLE DAY

Purple Day is on Monday 26th March – helping to raise awareness of epilepsy. 50 Million people have epilepsy world wide. I wasn’t aware of Purple Day until I started my nature art therapy sessions with little Elise, one of my special needs students. Elise suffers from a very rare neurological disorder, Subcortical Band Heterotopia #SBH. While the brain was …

SOULFUL NATURE ART WORKSHOP DAY FOR ADULTS

  An Invitation to celebrate World Creative Day with us at Educating the Heart. Rediscover the joys of being creative in nature with Marghanita Hughes     Join us for a magical and enchanting Nature Art workshop day for adults     Saturday 21st April 2018, Lake Country, BC 10am – 8pm     Enjoy a full day of soulful, nature based …

Monday Morning Gratitude – Sacred Moments

Yesterday I was gifted the presence of this magnificent being. I have no idea how old this eagle was but his presence felt ancient. Looking into his eyes… there was all the wisdom of the world. For a moment I was one with the eagle and felt the strength and power to fly high, higher than I have ever flown, wild and …

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, …

A Mothers Love is the Beginning of Everything

My mother loved art college and graduated as an art teacher but gave up her career to bring up my (3) brothers and I. (She returned to teaching when we were much older). Love is the beginning of everything When I was little, my mother held my hand and took me outdoors to listen to the birds (her favourite being …

Friday Fun with the Forest Fairies

The Forest Fairies love hanging out with their giant friends – the Ponderosa Pines!   “To climb a tree is for a child to discover a new world” – Froebel   Let the Forest Echo with Laughter Once More…   Learning through play, exploration and discovery is an essential part of early years education. Imagine…   Outdoor learning involving nature …