deeprivervisions

Videos featuring student nature related artwork

Some basic background

I did all the animation; but the figures (and a few background images) were produced by elementary students, still in that realm of learning and wonder. So the “characters” are not meant to be specific scientifically correct species, just a display of their work created in classroom projects such as on posters (in other words, originally hand drawn and not digital art).

My basic idea is that kids love to draw and also be out in nature. However, they gradually drift away from both as they mature. I wanted to find a use for my interest in photography, music composition, and recollection of my own childhood to foster a move back to reinforcing that connection most of us remember (and children still demonstrate), of fascination with the world around us. You may have read “Last Child in the Woods” or seen other references to that challenge.

These can be shown before an art project, especially if connected to a nature study project, to inspire students with what others have drawn. It can be adapted to other types of creatures, and I hope to produce more. Future posts will give the links to download them.

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