Infusing Nature Art into the school curriculum in a way that deepens learning and encourages critical thinking.

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Animal Masks using Earth Paints: Circle of Life 

Hands-on outdoor learning boosts physical activity, mental health, brain power and attention

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Felt Beaded Caterpillar and Butterfly Puppets

Learning the life cycle of the butterfly through Nature Art

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Mixing Earth Paints to use with our handmade paint brushes 2013

ART is about expressing ourselves:  a beautiful and magical process of creating, a journey of discovery, rather than creating a master piece.

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Playing and creating using natural items found in nature helps children to understand our deep connection with the natural world and how we are part of nature too.

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Outdoors we can be MESSY, really MESSY!

Gifting a real sense of freedom of expression that an indoor classroom cannot provide

Painting with handmade Cedar brushes

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Adding detail with a smaller paintbrush

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Storytelling

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You can do Nature Art ANYWHERE!

I have had the pleasure of creating nature art with students in the forest, in school grounds around the world, at the beach, on patios, in urban areas, farms and enchanted gardens, even on a roof top where we found an amazing amount of insects to investigate and little stones to paint.

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Involving the community : Nature Art at a Local farm

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Drawing with Goose Feathers

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Marghanita collaborates with teachers on art projects that focus on the interconnectedness we have with one another and all living things and can be integrated with the curriculum.

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Animal masks: The circle of life

Spirits Soar in Outdoor Classrooms

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All Children Are Artists

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Clay Owls 2013

Happy, Healthy Children 

There is mounting evidence that nature art enhances children’s health, learning and confidence while cutting down on behavioural issues.

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ARTSTARTS

ArtStarts in Schools is a unique not-for-profit organization offering educators, artists, parents and students a broad range of programs, services and resources to promote arts and creativity among BC’s young people.

ArtStarts’ Artists in the Classroom program brings together schools across BC with professional artists for artist residencies in school settings.

Visiting Schools: 

Marghanita has been bringing nature-based art activities into schools for over 10 years both here in British Columbia and in Scotland UK. Art and nature together create a magical way to connect children to Mother Earth and help the child understand their place in the world. In her workshops, Marghanita collaborates with teachers on art projects that focus on the interconnectedness we have with one another and all living things and can be integrated with the curriculum. She introduces students to the awe and wonder of nature through art with projects such as Land Art, Large Group Collages and simple nature-based art activities and storytelling. All of which provide the students with a better understanding of their connection with nature and in ways that are fun and encourage them to explore and celebrate their unique sense of creativity.

You can visit Marghanita’s page on : Artists in the Classroom Directory

 

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