We’ve teamed up with 64 Million Artists to explore the role creativity plays in our relationship with nature. Over the month of November, we’ll be setting weekly creative challenges which encourage you to engage with the natural world. From exploring your leafy surroundings to delving deep into our natural roots, we welcome you and your curious mind to join us on an exciting adventure.
Before starting the month we’d like you to take part in our quiz to find out how much of a nature superhero you are! We’ll also ask you at the end of the challenges and a month after that. Track your journey and share your superpower with others whilst helping us learn more about the role creativity can play in connecting us with our natural world.
Week 1 - Walking with Nature
Our trail begins by asking… What is nature? Where does it live and how can we find it?
Go on a noticing walk. Take a stroll outside and pay attention to the natural world around you. Your attention may at first be drawn to the obvious, but see if you can spot unexpected moments of beauty. Engage all of your senses. What everyday nature can you see, hear or smell? Are there shades of Autumn around you? Perhaps certain shapes, lines and textures draw your eye. Maybe there’s something to touch? Take a breath and enjoy the moment.
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Choose a natural object (it could be a tree, a patch of green space or simply the sky) and record how it changes over the week. Does its colour alter or shape shift? Make a record by writing a quick journal entry or sketching what you see.
How did you find the noticing walk? Did it differ from your usual strolls? Did you spot things that have gone unnoticed before? What feelings came up for you and how did you feel about your surroundings?
Share your experience; either in words, or you may like to capture a photo or do a drawing to illustrate what you found. Anything is fine and we’d love to find out what discoveries you made. You can use the hashtag #NatureConnection and #64MillionArtists and share with us on:
Week Two - Talking Trees
We are in the colourful midst of autumn and with all of the vibrant reds, greens and oranges around us, trees are on our mind. We think trees are amazing, they produce oxygen, provide shelter and provide food, life and habitat. Did you know that the oldest oak trees emerged from their acorns one thousand years ago – around the time of the Domesday book? Imagine the change they have seen in their lifetimes! With these pillars of nature in mind, we would love for you to....
Tell a tree’s tall tale! Take a moment to find and choose a tree, then write a short story that illustrates a conversation between you and that tree. If you could talk to it, what do you think it would say? What have they seen in their life, and what are they thinking, feeling and saying? Why did you choose that tree? Create and write down your conversation as a story, poem or script, and see where it takes you.
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If you, or someone around you, were a tree, which tree would you/they choose to be? Would it be tall and strong, or a budding young sapling? Consider colours, shapes, sizes and places and make it yours. There are many ways of capturing your ideas, you could draw your tree, take a photograph of one or describe it in a poem - the choice is yours.
How did you come to your decisions during this challenge? What was it like choose a particular tree? Did you notice things that you wouldn't have normallly, or that have gone unoticed before? Did it make you think differently about the nature around you?
Share your experience, either in words, or with photos or illustrations. We'd love to hear more! You can use the hashtag #NatureConnection and #64MillionArtists and share with us on: