I am very excited to share with you my new Art Activity eBook “I see. I wonder. I create.” – Nature’s Art Through The Eyes Of Children, with a foreword by incredibly creative and talented Maggy Woodley, Red Ted Art. This eBook provokes children to search, observe and interpret different forms of art and beauty in nature. This is one of those “fill in the gaps” and “continue the story” games that foster creativity and imagination.
It contains 20 beautiful pictures illustrated by the professional and very talented artist – Alexandra Burda. This book invites children to use their imagination and experience in nature to complete each picture.
Each page presents a prompt that inspires children to create using various types of media and instruments.
Click here to download a preview.
“I like this art activity eBook because, just as it was with our 6-year-old boy, it invites the children to “close your eyes and imagine” some things that they would have seen in nature, like maybe “the most beautiful pattern on a butterfly’s wings”; and then to draw it. Each page is open to many opportunities as the grayscale illustrations on them leave so much room for the child’s own imagination and creativity.
It also provides a good opportunity to introduce and talk about some elements in nature that you may not have where you are–maybe 4 seasons, snow. And other things, too, like fossils, and the constellations.
The first time I browsed through the book, I told Anastasia, I was taken somewhere else–where there is “a dance of leaves” and where “you could fly as high as an eagle”. This book really takes you somewhere else and I encourage you to take it along with you, too, as you go on trips and nature walks, or even as you go to your favorite sunny/cozy spot in your house where you and your child can see, wonder, and create. Enjoy imagining (and enjoy your child’s imagination)! ”
I love this in so many ways:
By providing a simple, black and white image, children are able to fully transform the page and not be influenced by the existing illustration’s colour scheme, style, etc.
The simple and imperfect nature of the illustrations are also less intimidating for children
Every invitation is based in nature — which provides the perfect excuse to get outside!
The printable ebook format (rather than a formal book) allows the child more ease with their drawing, but also allows for them to create multiple interpretations of the same invitation — an entire series!
I also really appreciate how parents are given only two pages of text, so there is no reason to get bogged down in details or intimidated to start the creative process — you can just jump in! I also love the ebook format because its a perfect gift — if you know a child with a special birthday coming up and you won’t be able to attend, order the ebook and have the link sent over for mom to print out!
“Anastasia is very passionate about nature and art. Her life experiences are very unique and definitely shaped her to be who she is today. As her partner in crime, I had the privilege of previewing her very first book: I See. I Wonder. I Create. An Art Activity Book
, for free. I did not know what to expect from this book. Anastasia gave me no explanations ahead of time.
When I looked through the book for the first time, I could read, see and feel Anastasia’s deep love and appreciation for nature. It was a sensory experience I could feel inside and out. It was very easy for me to imagine many of the things I was invited to draw. But, in all honesty, it didn’t matter what I thought. This book was designed for children. What mattered was what they thought.
I decided to put Anastasia’s activity book to the test. I didn’t have to look far to find the most honest critics I know. After all, they live in my own home. This would not be an honest review, if I didn’t express my hesitancy and anxiety when presenting this activity to the kiddos. You see, I’m not an art person. I love nature, but I’m not one that puts the two together. My kiddos enjoy nature, but are not artists either. Between struggles with fine motor skills, attention deficit problems, defiance when asked to follow directions, and meltdowns when unable to complete a task to one’s own standard of perfection, this activity had the potential to be a big fail. But, I wanted to try.
I picked out pages from the book that I felt each of my kiddos would enjoy, and then presented them with the task. It took a little more time than I would have thought, for them to understand the process of closing their eyes and imagining something, but two of them have autism, so that would be difficult, especially if it’s not something they’re obsessed about, that’s in their minds all the time. Even to tease those obsessions out was hard work. Once they succeeded at closing their eyes and imagining, I had to explain to them that they needed to open their eyes before they started drawing their pictures. Lol It was a fun process, but they learned something new, and that was fabulous!
Each of the kiddos took a different approach to their task. Princess, age 4, simply colored her picture.
Bulldozer, age 5 (with autism) thoroughly enjoyed making his spider web, although he decided it needed a spider, and
then the spider needed to catch some food in his web. I loved how he just kept imagining things.
Dinomite, age 7, (with autism) struggled at first, insecure about his abilities, but then did an AMAZING job drawing
different objects in his fossil rocks. In fact, he ran out of room. This didn’t stop him from drawing one more thing.
All of the kiddos did such a fabulous job! The boys, especially surprised me with their overall demeanor and enjoyment with the activity.I love that this book, as simple as it is, invited us into another world. This was HUGE for my kiddos. We’ve all enjoyed nature around us, but to be able to imagine something not in front of us, and how it would look, is something we don’t do enough. Completing the art activities in this book is not just about drawing or coloring, but encouraging your child to go to a place, children so rarely go these days.
I highly recommend this book for kiddos of all ages. If my young special needs kiddos can do it, anyone can! Thank you Anastasia for giving my kiddos and me such a transforming experience”.
You can find this Guided Nature Journal Here: Nature’s Art Through The Eyes Of Children
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