Get in Touch with Nature…
Currently our subsidies have run their course so there is no available funding for the Environmental Arts Programs. Please stayed tuned we will update this page when there is funding available. In the meantime you are welcome to participate in our Arts programs at our regular student rate.
Our arts-based programming is designed to foster a bond between students and their local environment. By enhancing sensory awareness and by practicing nature appreciation through art, we deepen a child’s connection to the living systems that sustain us all. Artistic expression helps children focus their observation in a way that inspires curiosity, wonder and joy.
We integrate science and natural history into each of our art activities, helping to bring life and colour to the structures and functions of the natural world.
Please note: We are currently redeveloping some of our programming. We will be updating existing programs and introducing new programs in the upcoming months. Listed below are our up to date program offerings. If there is a topic that you do not see listed below but are interested in exploring please contact us. We are happy to work with you to create a day specifically geared to you and what your students are learning in the classroom.
Nature Art: Finding Forms in the Forest – Nature Sculpture (All Grades)
From the sweeping curve of a frozen waterfall to the intricate patterns found on a butterfly’s wings, the natural world is filled with beautiful and inspiring forms. Based on the work of Andy Goldsworthy, students create 3-dimensional sculptures using only found materials. Students stretch their creativity, solve problems, and hone their observation skills to create sophisticated sculptures inspired by the natural world.
Ecological Connections: In a time when almost every product used by humans is synthetic, students rediscover the qualities, strength and versatility of natural materials.
Nature Art: From Woods to Words – The Joy of Papermaking (Grade 3 – 6)
Please note: Program requires a minimum of 1 adult for every 4-5 students. Teacher must be prepared to supervise pre prepared outdoor activities (provided by Environment Centre Staff) while groups rotate through papermaking.
Many of us take for granted a material on which the wisdom of cultures has been written and shared for generations …paper. This simple age old process of paper making is both fun and educational. Students learn how paper is made from crushed cellulose wood fibers called pulp. By shredding used paper and adding plant material, students create beautiful, handmade paper that they can use for letters, cards or journals.
Ecological Connections: This program may focus on recycling and waste reduction, an investigation of the ecological and commercial importance of trees or on insects that make paper.
Nature Art: The Ins and Outs of Nature Weaving (Grades 3 – 5)
We often forget that humans aren’t the only creatures that can weave. Think of intricately woven birds nests, such as those made by orioles, or the symmetrically formed orb webs created by garden spiders. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, students harvest natural materials, and create multi-textured, hand woven art. Examples of projects include colourful, free form pieces depending on age and materials selected.
Ecological Connections: Animals such as birds and squirrels weave natural material warm protective homes. Students investigate the form and function of these structures.
Nature Art: The Magic of Felting (Grade 2 – 5)
Felting is an ancient craft that transforms the fibers of wool into a dense, water resistant mat. Wool changes into felt when it is subjected to moisture, heat, and pressure. Tiny scales on each wool fiber expand. With agitation these scales interlock. When cooled and dried each scale closes and binds the wool into the tough, durable material we call felt. Beginning with raw wool, students create colourful felted art pieces, finger puppets or small containers while enjoying the tactile beauty of this natural material.
Ecological Connections: Humans have relied on the insulating properties of animal hair for thousands of years. Students explore what makes fur and feathers such an effective barrier against the cold temperatures of a northern climate.