Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Week 5 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

Week 5 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

Weather: overcast with patches of sunshine, but chilly (felt like 2 Celcius)

Soup made by the kids: Sweet Potato-Leek

Herbal project today: 
  • wrapping sage herb bundles to hang at home (and use for winter teas, bath and sore throats)
  • discussing various historical uses of herb bundles for health, purification, ceremony
Art lessons today:
  • form drawing - looking at the human form and proportion (face, body)
  • turning the form sketches into flower fairy sketches made to proportion
  • cityscape drawings in mirror image
  • looking at spirals in nature (shells, etc) and sketching various snail designs

Other highlights:
  • delicious warm honey-baked apples made in the outdoor wood-fired cob oven! 
  • playing outdoor co-operative running games to warm ourselves up
  • learning about how the cob oven was built, and standing around the fire to stay cozy

    Wednesday, October 10, 2018

    Week 4 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Week 4 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Weather: full sun, exceptionally warm for October (felt like 32C)

    Soup made by the kids: Carrot-Coconut

    Handmade projects today:
    • wood slice painted necklaces (ladybugs) using hand-drills to make holes
    • cloth doll making continued from last week, adding yarn hair
    • adding to our plant presses for lantern making project (coming up)
    Art lessons today:
    • charcoal tree house drawings based on logs and trees around the yard, then sharing our drawings with the group - such details and imagination!

    Other highlights:

    • sunny walk to nearby community garden to collect colourful fall leaves and last flower petals for our plant presses
    • Flower Families card game with our older kids during free time  
    • building a human obstacle course as our morning warm-up game
    • closing circle check-in where one child said "she loved everything" about the day!
    • such a beautiful relaxed day with our group - enjoying the warm outdoor weather while we can 

    Wednesday, October 03, 2018

    Week 3 - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Week 3  - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Weather: grey and overcast, cool day

    Soup made by the kids: Pumpkin-Apple Soup

    Handmade projects today:

    • paper snakes
    • seed saving activity (herbs and flowers), designing our own seed packages
    • cloth doll making with embroidered faces and wool stuffed bodies (to be worked on over the course of many weeks)
    Art lessons today: 

    • charcoal (light and shadow) tracings
    • then charcoal sketches in our journals of different shaped leaves
    Other highlights:
    • blueberry apple crisp for snack time
    • the "human knot" game and working as a group to untangle ourselves
    • circle time - thinking about what we are grateful for
    • Sit Spot activity, to do active listening in a quiet setting on our own
    • laughter and silliness during free time

    Thursday, September 27, 2018

    Week 2: Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Week 2  - Thinking Tree Art & Nature Program

    Weather: mix of sun and drizzly rain
    Soup made by the kids: Creamy Carrot & Garden Herbs (thyme, basil, oregano, fennel)

    Handmade projects today:
    • wool felt bunny pin (practice embroidering/stitching)
    • botanical sun prints on paper using collected leaves and flowers
    • branch weaving
    Art lessons today: 
    • charcoal (light and shadow) using found natural objects (e.g. pinecones, sumac, milkweed seeds, leaves, branches, seed pods, snail shell)
    • working with sketching different perspectives (a bunny as the subject)
    Other highlights:
    • walk to community garden
    • brewing Fall Flowers herbal tea over the fire
    • strawbale circle time
    • making strawbale slides, chairs, games and other straw pile fun
    • nectarine crumble as snack
    • weaving a yarn web together as example of the strong web we are creating in this program