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.
Doodleswithmydaughter.co.uk™ was born a couple of years ago to showcase the art my daughter, Rose, and I had created whilst I was teaching her the importance of conservation as a toddler. I now run conservation art workshops in nurseries and infants schools encouraging children to grow up being mindful and respectful towards our beautiful planet.
Drawing, colouring and painting are great ways for young people to express themselves especially if they haven't mastered speech yet. The mind of a child is a magical place full of adventure and when translated through art, the results can be enchanting. Each and every tiny mark made - whether it’s in a workshop or at home with my kids - tells its own unique story about how we can help the environment around the world. The children and I have so much fun doing this together and I hope you enjoy looking through the doodles as much as we have done creating them.
Stemming from my workshops, since Summer 2018 I’ve helped Mad Hatter's Nursery, Greatham Village Nursery School as well Liphook Infant School and Hollycombe Primary School win their first ever Awards for Conservation. These have all been gratefully received from Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots education programme for young people. Please visit ‘Conservation Workshops’ to find out more.
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 - humans, flora and fauna - 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 PR 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 learnt the ropes and honed my writing skills at Profile Public Relations and outside this, 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 bare fruit in years to come and indeed help conserve our planet"
Mrs Elaine Chiverton
Owner of Mad Hatter's Nursery