carved out of stone by 12 year old boy
Bird hand-carved out of stone – created by 12 year old boy

The art created by children (and parents) in Austin Families in Nature shows the inspiration that time in nature has provided. AFiN participants have created visual art through drawing, sculpting, photographing, sewing, and burning wood.  And they have expressed themselves through words written on their blogs and in their journals.

Acorn drawn with sun through magnifying glass during an AFiN campout - inspired by Sundrawn
Acorn drawn with sun through magnifying glass during an AFiN campout – inspired by Sundrawn – created by 12 year old boy
Stingray sewn by 9 year old boy inspired by marine biology trip to Marinelab in Key Largo with AFiN
Stingray sewn by 9 year old boy inspired by marine biology trip to Marinelab in Key Largo with AFiN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Over the last 7 years of taking families outside to learn and play, several kids and even a parent have shared the art they have created that was inspired by their time spent in nature with AFiN.

 

carved printmaking stamp - created by 10 year old boy
carved printmaking stamp – created by 10 year old boy

Two of our AFiN kids have started their own blogs – for creative writing and to journal their nature experiences.  One of our 8th graders has the blog http://natureleif.com  where he shares his nature-inspired creative writing and photography.  The other is a 5th grader and he shares his experiences at https://zackmarine.wordpress.com “Nature, Nurtured – Portrait of a Naturalist as a Young Man.”

carved printmaking stamp - created by 10 year old boy
carved printmaking stamp – created by 10 year old boy

 

Squid Drawing inspired by dissecting squid with AFiN - created by 12 year old boy
Squid Drawing inspired by dissecting squid with AFiN – created by 12 year old boy

 

Original jewelry design inspired by camping with AFiN - created by an AFiN mom and professional jewelry maker Liana Tomchesson
Original jewelry design of a campfire inspired by camping with AFiN – created by AFiN mom and professional jewelry maker Liana Tomchesson

 

Blue Jay painted by 5 year old girl
Blue Jay painted by 5 year old girl

This artwork shows the creative inspiration and influence that nature can have on children and adults.

Belted Kingfisher Couple created using watercolor and ink by Rebecca Cowser - AFiN and Junior Ecologist instructor
Belted Kingfisher Couple created using watercolor and ink by Rebecca Cowser – AFiN and Junior Ecologist instructor
drawing of Spotted Drum inspired by finding this rare and difficult to find fish in Key Largo at Marinelab with AFiN - created by 11 year old boy
drawing of Spotted Drum inspired by finding this rare and difficult to find fish in Key Largo at Marinelab with AFiN – created by 11 year old boy
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