do it. create. walk and see. cut and paste. scratch and sniff.
do whatever you have to do to feed your soul.
this is my commitment.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

art + nature workshop for children

The children's workshop, art + nature, was a delightful experience to be had by all this past Saturday.

Before our nature and collection walk, we read the book, I Am An Artist by Pat Lowery Collins.  Through beautiful illustrations and words, this book emphasizes that anyone can be an artist by how they choose to look at, observe and experience nature.  We also met the dwarf rabbit, Tucker, and heard a few stories about Tucker's recent life experiences.

I was so surprised by how many items the children were able to find and collect on our walk.  Just in case the sidewalks had been swept clean, I had brought collections of my own.  There was no need to reference these.  The children returned with a wealth of treasures.  They also returned with dandelions and clover for Tucker.

We took a snack break and read the book, School of Names by M.B. Goffstein.  This book was written and illustrated by Goffstein, telling a story of how she wanted to spend her time learning the names of all the lakes and islands, the mountains and oceans, etc.

Each child received a sketchbook to enter his or her interpretations of their collections and experiences.  We worked with a variety of materials: oil pastels, watercolors, colored pencils and chalk pastels.  The children would draw, trace, and paint as well as use their items to print and create marks.
We used magazine and photograph clippings (collage) to create covers for our sketchbooks. 

Thank you to Meg for assisting the class (such a treat for me and so helpful).
Thank you to Wren's family for bringing the beautiful bouquets of fresh garden flowers.  These were beautiful centerpieces throughout class!

Happy Art Making Everyone!


  1. what a wonderful post Kari, so lovely to see children being in, enjoying and creating art inspired by nature. Looks like a lovely workshop.

    1. Thank you, Suzi. It was SO MUCH fun. It is so inspiring to work with children. They are such uninhibited artists.