Hey, I'm glad you found your way to my website about 'Teaching Children Conservation Through Art'. Welcome. Hopefully, it'll add a splash of colour to your day.
Drawing, colouring and painting are great ways for young people to express themselves, especially if they haven't mastered speech yet. A child's mind is a magical place full of adventure, and when translated through art, the results can be enchanting. Whether it's in a workshop or at home with my kids, every tiny mark made tells its own unique story about how we can help the environment around the world.
Doodleswithmydaughter.co.uk™ was born more than four years ago to showcase the art my daughter, Rose, and I created while teaching her the importance of Conservation as a toddler. Since then, it has evolved, and I've been leading Conservation Art workshops effectively for boys and girls in pre-schools, primary schools and more recently, online.
Stemming from my workshops in Summer 2018 and continuing until today - Autumn 2021 -I've helped Mad Hatter's Nursery, Greatham Village Nursery School, Liphook Infant School and Hollycombe Primary School win Awards for efforts in Conservation. These have been given from Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots education programme for young people.
To browse available Conservation Art or Greeting Cards, please visit; https://www.doodleswithmydaughter.co.uk/shop.
When the UK went into its first lockdown due to COVID-19 in March 2020, I began running my workshops remotely online. These quickly went international, helping keep children occupied and learning in a fun way during uncertain times, from all across the UK, to Ireland, Europe and Africa, encouraging larger groups of children to grow up being more mindful and respectful towards our incredible planet.
In September 2020, I teamed up with ZEWACT, Zambezi Elephant Welfare And Conservation Trust, to pilot a Conservation Art programme for young children in the Victoria Falls community of Zimbabwe as by September 2020, the kids had been out of school for seven months. The programme has been so well received that I'm still running it and see increasing numbers of happy little faces joining my workshops each time. The children are eager to learn about crucial Conservation topics relevant to both Africa and worldwide, which is excellent because kids are, after all, the bright stars of the future.
Please visit 'Conservation Workshops' to find out more.
There is also a selection of beautiful and unique framed Conservation Art prints ready to hang on the wall, along with Greeting Cards, both of which would make lovely, affordable Christmas gifts available through my shop; https://www.doodleswithmydaughter.co.uk/shop.
I'm a creative person born with a passion for art which I seem to have passed onto my little girl. Teaching young children the paramount importance of conservation, and how to look after our planet better so that all life forms can continue to thrive for future generations, is something we can do through drawing and painting and is essential to the success of our being.
Nurturing the relationship between children's art and conservation is my quest. It's the sentiment behind the art that can be the learning.
My work background is in Communications, and I have a degree in Anthropology BSc from UCL, which I found fascinating as it enabled me to focus my interests in Man's Early Art, Conservation, Human Ecology and Primatology.
I continued to develop my passion for art by taking courses at London Fine Art Studios. Skills I hope will make this an enticing website for you browse.
'Diana prepares these sessions with obvious great care and thoughtfulness. She delivers them at just the right level for our pre-schoolers, and while she talks about creatures and animals that are endangered, along with what the children can do to help, we observe the impact these workshops are having on our children from the 'wow' moments that happen during, and after, the workshops.
Diana has a very respectful, caring attitude towards the children, and they respond by soaking up the important information she's giving them. With the way Diana is teaching them conservation, the seeds that are being planted in their minds today will surely bear fruit in years to come and indeed help conserve our planet.'
Mrs Elaine Chiverton
Owner of Mad Hatter's Nursery