Doodles Workshops Online
“My kids - aged three and six – and I really look forward to Diana’s online workshops. Amazingly, she keeps the kids engaged for the whole forty minutes. They love colouring in the beautiful sketches of animals while listening to Diana talk to them about really interesting and important facts about wildlife and conservation. She’s very careful to make sure that she has time to speak to each of the children, and they really feel involved and inspired. I also love getting involved with colouring in and have learned a lot as well!” Emma, mum of Danial and Lila.
Since lockdown began at the end of March, I’ve been trialling running my Conservation Art workshops online to continue to help children learn about such important conservation issues, at a time when even at nursery level, humans are contemplating and questioning what’s going on around beautiful planet earth.
As with most things, getting to grips with new technologies and new ways of interacting in the most beneficial way, took a little practice, as it’s a very different experience online as opposed to actually being present in a nursery or school with the children, for I love reacting to the weird and wonderful things they say during these times. As such, I’ve really had to put my thinking cap on to get my head around different ways of keeping the kids engaged and really ‘with me’ on screen, whilst simultaneously happy to learn through creativity and play.
There have been some comical moments such as my son walking in half way through a workshop holding a kitchen knife asking me to peel an apple for him…that was quite alarming and I’m pretty sure that any of you who’ve had much to do with children will be able to empathise! My beloved easel collapsed behind me on screen during another workshop (no one was harmed and it was an old and ancient friend) which was probably a particular highlight. But, and this is the most important part, I’ve been getting some great feedback and the children seem to be loving it, so much so, that I’ve now got a schedule to run them regularly.
“Thank you very much for the session earlier, it’s the first time I’ve managed to get mine to focus on anything for more than ten minutes. I’d be happy to sign my two up to regular paid sessions if you’re considering it.” Lindsay, mum of Ben and James.
So, I’ll continue on my mission and see where we go together. For more information on my workshops Teaching Children Conservation Through Art, please contact email@example.com .