Friday Nature and Art

“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it. If a mountain is a deity, not a pile of ore; if a river is one of the veins of the land, not potential irrigation water; if the forest is a sacred grove, not timber; if other species are biological kin; not resources or if the planet is our mother, not an opportunity – then we will treat each other with greater respect. Thus the challenge is to look at the world from a different perspective.” David Suzuki

Connecting with nature, others and to oneself is what will heal and transform our world. Northern Lights School programs are on the Tapiola Nature Reserve; Thunder Bay’s best kept secret. We are blessed to be amongst the trees, explore the river and walk the trails and fields.

Art creates a bridge between the inner and outer worlds. Standing still and upright with the trees, our teachers, we root ourselves in the earth and reach towards the light opening our senses from the heart centred whole human being. From this place of well-being art becomes a tool of communication, a listening and an expressing.

This program is on Fridays from 9:00 to 3:00 for students 10-13 years or age. We will be using drawing, painting, sculpting and movement as a way to strengthen the child’s unique place in the world. No experience with art or skill level is needed. The program’s aim is not about developing art skills as much as using artistic means for learning and developing through a relationship with nature. Throughout the year the student’s comfort level with artistic expression will grow and become a life tool.

The program is offered by Kate Rapley who has taught many years as an occasional teacher for the Lakehead Public Schools. She writes “It is exciting to teach with Northern Lights School and combine my teaching experience in art with inspiration out of nature.”

 

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