Wood crafting and Winter Solstice

Box Lanterns

In the final workshop of this phase we continued with the bird theme building on the story of how the birds got their colours by Simon James. The young hands got to work on creating their own hand crafted birds, the used sand paper, small hand tools, wood burner, clay and feathers to assemble their bird. Humans creating a winged animal is not an easy task, how does mother nature make it look so easy and beautiful, we hope that this activity raises the kids consciousness of how a bird is shaped.

As the young ones prepare for winter break, they were made aware of winter solstice and the longest day on December 21. The young students were given the opportunity to make a star or lantern as a way to be a positive light even in the darkest of winter.

Published by J Peachy

I am a contemporary outsider artist that believes in the healing properties of the natural environment. I paint landscapes in abstract as an expression of my connection with nature and its ability to provide me peaceful inspiration. As organisms on this earth I believe we are interconnected with nature and highly interdependent. But as the psycho-social environment we live in today gets ever increasingly complex its effects on us are becoming more pervasive, corroding and sophisticated. However the energy, peace and serenity of our natural surroundings can provide a way of grounding our senses and healing our minds. I try to capture the interrelationship between my mind and nature as I see and feel it; it’s an expression of my soul captured on a physical medium and in a point in time. Going through the process in itself contributes to balance. Driven by my own lived experience, I am a self proclaimed arts-based advocate for mental health and strive to demystify and eliminate stigma around these issues. My initiatives in this regard include being the Vancouver Caucus leader for the Artist Alliance for Mental Health, a collective member (2010) of the artist-run Gallery Gachet in Vancouver and the Producer and Host of Sound Therapy Radio a peer oriented mental wellness show on CJSF 90.1 FM. I have a true belief in human potential and in the statement; ‘art is a means for survival’.

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