Wild Art is an explorative art, science and wilderness program for all ages
designed and led by Emily van Lidth de Jeude.
designed and led by Emily van Lidth de Jeude.
The Wild Art program espouses life-learning values, and allows participants to discover and share a vast myriad of ideas and activities both in the studio and in the wilderness. Wild Art fosters confidence, critical thinking and communication skills, as well as a deeper understanding of local ecology.
"...the unstructured but beautifully intentional aspect of your days was a perfect experience for her. ... I think that the camp is conceptually brilliant, and that you did an incredible job of weaving different ideas and topics into it such as currency, economy, social justice, trade, and community participation. [My daughter] did a much more "conventional" camp this past week, and although I know she made new friends and came home tired and happy each day, it illuminated the depth and importance of what she did with you the week before."
~Wild Art Parent Jamie Woodall
Email: emily at wildart.ca
Unless otherwise noted, programs and events happen on Bowen Island, which is a 20-minute ferry ride from West Vancouver, British Columbia. Some Wild Art programs have been offered in the Vancouver area, usually by special request. Please contact Emily with such requests if you're so inspired.
Upcoming Events for Children and Youth:
Wild Art Spring Break Intensives:
March 13-16, 10am - 3pm: ages 8-12
March 20-23, 10am - 3pm: ages 12-15
A four-day wilderness and art experience. Wilderness + studio time in a creative, democratic and explorative environment. Each intensive will begin in the studio, where participants will have a wide array of supplies, resources and ideas at their disposal.
Each group will decide through democratic process how to structure the week and where our artistic and outdoor adventures will take us. Twenty hours is enough time for some fantastic discovery, and previous groups have explored everything from drama to costuming, printmaking to painting to sculpture, and outdoor exploration to foraging to magazine publishing. We never know the direction a group will take until the week begins, but we always work on consensus, and the outcome is always a rich experience.
Wild Art Summer Camps:
To be announced!
Wild Art School-Year Program 2017: ages 9-15
25 weeks, September 20, 2017 to May 2, 2018 (excluding December and school breaks)
The classic full Wild Art program, where participants bring art into the wilderness and wilderness into their studio art. Through self-directed creative discovery, this program inspires a love of learning, a strength of character and confidence both in social groups and in academic pursuits. A year-long program enables participants to take their ideas further, to bond, learn and grow more as a group, and to take advantage of community resources. For example, we may get involved in community work, public art or performance, or a gallery showing, depending on the group's interest. There is a balance of studio and outdoor time in all seasons and weather.
Fee: $900, including supplies
Upcoming Events for Adults and Teens:
Explorative Materials Workshop
Saturday March 18, 1 - 5pm
One day of explorative art-making for teens and adults, using unconventional methods and materials. No experience necessary, but this is also a useful freeing workshop for experienced artists. It can be so easy to get stuck in the methods and materials we know and trust, but it's essential to break out and experiment in order to further our practice. Come to the studio with no agenda, and leave with a colourful experience of expression and discovery.
Fee: $95, supplies included.
Wild Food Tours
Very different from other Wild Art offerings, these are guided tours through a piece of local wilderness, usually covering various biomes. Participants will learn to identify a broad assortment of wild edibles and other vegetation, as well as become familiar with our local ecosystems.
Children are welcome to come with their parents (same rate applies, except for babies in carriers, who are free), however this tour is geared toward adults. We will have a quick pace of travel, at times, and much standing around looking at plants at others. Also the information is dense and often overwhelming for younger children.
Wild Food Tours 2017:
Fee: $20 per participant
Saturday April 8, 10am - 12pm
Sunday April 9, 2pm - 4pm
Saturday April 22, 10am - 12pm
Sunday April 23, 2pm - 4pm
If you are interested in a private (bring your own group!) foraging or identification tour, just email emilyonbowen at gmail dot com and we'll arrange something.
Wild Art at Moontree Studio:
|Looking for crayfish in a local creek.|
There is ample research pointing to the benefits of self-directed learning. Researchers Todd Gureckis and Douglas Markant of New York University have found that "...self-directed learning helps us optimize our educational experience, allowing us to focus effort on useful information that we don’t already possess and exposing us to information that we don’t have access to through passive observation. The active nature of self-directed learning also helps us in encoding information and retaining it over time." (Anna Mikulak, Association for Psychological Science Article, 2012: What Makes Self-Directed Learning Effective?)
|Spontaneous parachute games with a sheet that was slated to be painted!|
|Rock-balancing, physical awareness, anatomy, and gesture.|
|Lunch in an area we call the Enchanted Forest.|
|Art in the forest!|
I believe that there is an infinity of discovery to be made through indulging our creative and inquisitive minds, and as long as I provide a rich environment for exploration, and an open ear and mind for the conversations that ensue, wonderful things will happen. My studio and the wilderness that begins at the back gate are that rich environment, and we have a wonderful time in it.
Wild Art in short:
Play, explore, communicate, and see what happens!
*All Wild Art programs are unplugged.
Although technology is an integral and valuable part of our daily lives, unplugging for the duration of our time together allows for deeper social, creative, and ecological engagement.
"My daughter has had a most wonderful time with you, she told me that you are a really good art teacher because you have no rules about art!! I think she finds any art done at school to be too predetermined and structured.
So thank you for giving her the experience of free art and showing her another side of teachers!"
~Parent of a 2013 Wild Art participant.
Newspaper article about the Wild Art program, by Charmaine Heffelfinger: Bowen Island Undercurrent
|Communal drawing, communication, and material experimentation in Moontree Studio.|
|Performance of the play conceived, written, costumed and performed by the 2013/2014 school-year group.|
All three of the following videos are from a 2013 Wild Art Summer Camp, where participants explored mathematical sequences, wave dynamics and bioelectric fields as they relate to form, colour, sound, movement, water- and ecosystems, and biology.
After finding crayfish and freshwater sponges in a local stream, the kids spontaneously began singing in the culvert, experimenting with their own sound-wave dynamics:
Selection of Past Events:
If you are interested in something I am not currently offering, please let me know - I am always willing to take input towards future programming!
Wild Art for Educators, Parents and Families (professional development)
Fresh Air Learning Forest School Training Module (professional development)
Wild Writing Series
Pro-D Mountainside Adventures
Wild Art Intensives for Adults and Teens
Week-long Spring and Summer Camps
Weekly School Year Programs
Non-Coerced Learning Workshops for Adults
Family Tie-Dye Workshops
Rickshaw Unschooling Posts on the Topics of Wild Art, Self-Direction and Art:
How to Foster Respect for Nature while Encouraging Play
How And Why to Use Technology in a Forest School
Why I Ditched the Classroom for the Wild
The Importance of Printmaking
Reconciliation in the Forest Court
Pre-teens and Teens: How to Play
10 Ways to Encourage Explorative Learning
Changing the World
Six Hours in the West Coast Wild
Recent Wild Art Adventures
Self-Directed Art and Learning
Self-Directed Art and Learning, Too!