Thereâ€™s a land artist local to greenmuseum.org, Zach Pine, who gave us the heads up about a nature sculpture workshop he did awhile ago with some children from the Ursula Sherman Village in Berkeley, California. We do a lot of writing about the glory of eco-art and artists, and it was fun to read more about art in nature as a kind of playtime.
Pine led the children to a nearby creek for three early-evening workshops. They played and discovered and made their own artworks using materials onsite. The resulting pieces ranged from makeshift huts to circling grass-snakes. Afterwards, Pine presented the children with photos of their time by the creek.
â€œMy Primary goal for the project was to connect the children with the natural environment through education, exploration, and art making. I also sought to provide opportunities for creative expression and to deepen the connections among the children, staff and parents through personal and collective action in nature. I wanted the children to not just feel more comfortable being in nature, but also to feel firsthand its ability to inspire and to bring people together in community. I also wanted to stimulate the children to care about nature and to inspire them to act on behalf of the environment throughout their lives,â€ writes Pine.
In modern urban environments, where the classic Calvin-and-Hobbes-tromping-through-the-wilderness childhood can be easily swallowed by concrete jungle, itâ€™s great to learn about projects encouraging kids to play outside with nature.
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