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Art and Ecology of Natural Materials: An Institute for Early Years Educators (Full-Day, 2 Sessions)


Are you looking for creative ways to support children’s learning in and about outdoor environments? Are you interested in more hands-on skills using natural art materials such as fibers, clay, and drawing materials with children? Join 4elements Living Arts for this innovative and interactive experience.

Morning Session - Techniques and Approaches for Artmaking with Natural Materials
Educators will have hands-on practice and discussions about using three different types of materials for artmaking with children. Build your own creative experience to respond in
new ways to children’s questions and inquiries.

  • Fibre skills - Explore stitching, weaving, 3-D building with fabrics, yarns, needles, and gathered materials such as reeds, grasses, branches.
  • Hands On Clay - What are helpful techniques and tools for sculptural work? What are the sensory opportunities? How do you store clay for use over time?
  • Delve into Drawing - Discover ways to use charcoal, graphite, and pastel with children of various ages, and create your own natural pigments from collected materials.

Afternoon Session - Deepening Ecological Connections Through Art Materials
Do you want to build your knowledge about natural art materials (clay, fibres, drawing, natural dyeing materials)? Where do they come from? How can we encourage children to see the stories of the connections between the materials and the environments around them, even in the middle of the city?

What about the production process of the materials themselves? What questions can we ask when making choices for purchasing art materials?

What materials are available outdoors, in the environments where you and the children live and play? What are the questions and seasonal considerations related to gathering and collecting materials outdoors?

How can art engage community? Where are community relationships related to art and craft materials? Gather ideas for farm visits, bringing in local artists, potters, First Nations community members, or ecological experts to build a local context for the art materials you use.

Explore “place” in the context of art: We will use the location of the workshop itself as a model to see your own places in new ways as multi-dimensional learning environments.

Register for both sessions at the discounted price below. Full-Day Registration includes light breakfast, lunch and all art materials

Each session can also be registered for individually from our main event page.

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