“The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” ~ Anne Frank
It was a joyful, hands-on morning at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast. Joined by a dozen women committed to the environment, we saw each one roll up her sleeves and dig into the materials. In our workshop, “From the Field to Classroom Studios: Building Natural Connections” we asked participants to re-connect with a personal experience in the natural world and to recreate the spirit of that connection through art.
Everyone dug in, choosing from an assortment of rubble from an autumn hurricane and some glittery, colorful, textured stuff we recycle and use with children.
As the hour came to a close, our new friends shared their collages at the grand finale to their “studio experience.” One story we’ll always remember was a tale of two youngsters who repeatedly visited their special place in nature, thinking they were on their own. Only as adults did they learn that their dad had been following close behind, never having revealed his desire to “watch over them” until the siblings’ adult years.
Our participants rekindled their early feelings for nature, having called up childhood memories. We expect that their LEAPS’ experience will continue to inspire the ways in which they respond to the environment in real time.
Nancy and Susan