teachers2Workshop Series – Enhancing Your Indoor and Outdoor Classrooms Through Nature and Art

Enliven your teaching with an adventure! We want to take you on an exploration into nature and your own creativity. Connect with your own inner child through these hands-on workshops that will help you deepen your own as well as your students’ experiences with nature and art.

If you were inspired by Patti Shields’ presentation at the Reggio Roundtable on connecting children to nature, or if you’ve always wanted to add more nature and art to your curriculum, now’s your chance to learn how to incorporate both art and nature, in nature.  Each class will provide ideas for bringing meaningful natural experiences to children. In these hands-on monthly workshops you will dig deeper into the themes of nature and the elements of art.


Patti Shields, M.A.

Naturalist and early childhood teacher Patti Shields will lead you into the beauty of the natural world with outings that explore the intricacies of nature such as wildlife tracking, native birds, geology – rocks and soil, native and non-native plants and flowers, trees and shrubs, and waterways. Patti will also share ideas of how to effectively support young children’s outdoor learning, including use of oral stories, nature games, and music.

JoanGreenJoan Green

Artist and arts educator Joan Green will pair each nature theme with art activities that will help children express their creativity using the elements of art including line, shape, form, texture, color, value and space We’ll also explore performing arts such as storytelling, songs and movement.

Joan has years of experience connecting children and adults to their creativity. She traveled to Reggio Emilia, Italy in 2013 to study their schools and is passionate about this approach. She currently teaches art at the San Diego Cooperative Charter School in Mountain View and Birney Elementary. And, she offers Green Art Lab classes to children and adults which focus on creating with reusable materials. She especially loves getting creative outdoors!

Each workshop will include exploring and expressing time on site in a beautiful natural environment in San Diego.

For more information email [email protected] or call (619) 206-6613.

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