These three beautiful informative books will inspire you to connect with land and community in new ways! Learn about 4elements' work and let us expand how you see and engage with your own places. Each publication is full of images, resource lists, project ideas, and inspirational stories and questions from educators, artists, and/or community organizers. Each book costs $35 plus shipping. See below for viewing excerpts.
Click this link to order The Art of Land-Based Early Learning Volume 1 or Volume 2.
1) The Art of Land-Based Early Learning, Volume 1: The emergence of materials and ecological relationships. In this volume, we document and share our experiences with natural art materials and the emergence of ecological relationships through hands-on creative engagement with children in classrooms and outdoor environments. Clay, fibres, natural dyeing, charcoal and earth pigments are all featured. (144 pages)
View Vol 1. excerpt HERE
2) The Art of Land-Based Early Learning, Volume 2: The emergence of artist, artwork and community connections. In this volume we share children’s and educators’ experiences as they learn together through art-making: about themselves and their human and ecological communities in the process. We provide insight on the role of artwork and the focused attention of the creative process to build capacities in observation & reflection that are key to art and science learning, at all ages. Includes drawing, stitching, land-art, creative mapping, and more. (184 pages)
View Vol 2. excerpt HERE
3) Learning the Land: Creative Community Engagements
In this book you will discover 4elements Living Arts' diverse community projects that have engaged participants of all ages: on trails, in community halls, at schools, at lakeshore beaches, partnering with numerous organizations and volunteers to bring creative perspectives for learning about communities and ecosystems. We offer ideas and suggestions for ways to instigate shared creative inquiries to explore your town or local landscapes, and see familiar places in new ways every day! (158 pages)
To order 4elements' Creative Community Engagements book, click HERE.
To see an excerpt from Learning the Land: Creative Community Engagements, click HERE.
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Elemental Festival 2017 was a huge success, and we have you to thank!
Thank you so much to all our volunteers, board members, artists, performers, workshop leaders, and participants! We couldn't have done it without all of you, and we are so appreciative!
If you have time to fill out our survey, you can find it here: //4elementslivingarts.wufoo.eu/forms/m1ttnyx30agq0p5/. It will only take a minute or two.
If you are a local business owner, we have a survey for you too! This one will help us to evaluate the economic impact of Elemental Festival on local businesses: //4elementslivingarts.wufoo.eu/forms/z19nfiut075cze5/.
If you missed Festival, but would like to find out more about what went on, you can find a great write-up in the Manitoulin Expositor here: //www.manitoulin.ca/2017/10/04/billings-connections-trail-sculptures-unveiled-elemental-festival/
Thanks again, and happy fall!
Photo by Hanny Naibaho on Unsplash
Over the last many months, 4e and our community partners have been working to develop and install 32 historical interpretive plaques and 7 new permanent public sculptures around the Township of Billings to create the new Billings Connections Trail: Nature. Art. Heritage. The trail attempts to integrate the local heritage and history of Anishinaabeg and non-Indigenous residents and represents the Township’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (2015) ‘Calls to Action’ for public education that integrates indigenous history into municipal programs. The sculptures, selected by a community jury, respond to remarks Justice Sinclair has made that artists have a role to play in helping communities to imagine different kinds of relationships and communities. It is a small, first step, within the broader context of conversations and change that need to occur.
Over the last year while artists were busy designing and fabricating their sculptures, 4elements facilitated several months of community engagement to build understanding about the history of colonization through a film series focused on Indigenous issues, including a film screening and talk by Shirley Cheechoo, guest talks by elders and historians like Alan Corbiere, and a community process to create one of the public sculptures with local students and community members.
We welcome you to Elemental Festival, which this year marks 4e’s 15th anniversary, as well as the culmination of a massive community effort to build the Connections Trail. Festival engagements will encourage participants to consider the relationships between land, environment, environmental change and Truth & Reconciliation.
To view the full Festival lineup, check out our booklet here: //issuu.com/4elementslivingarts/docs/elemental_festival_booklet_2017_fin