Supporting Children’s Wellbeing with Art in Nature: Artist Pedagogue Perceptions

Walshe, Nicola and Lee, Elsa and Smith, Millie J. (2020) Supporting Children’s Wellbeing with Art in Nature: Artist Pedagogue Perceptions. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development, 14 (1). pp. 98-112. ISSN 0973-4074

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There is increasing concern about children’s mental wellbeing and an urgent need for research into how to support positive mental health; including as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Alongside this is the heightened awareness about diminished access to green spaces and diminished exposure to the arts for children. Our research aims to show the potential for addressing these three issues in tandem through a qualitative case study exploring the work of one charity, Cambridge Curiosity and Imagination (CCI). The charity undertakes arts-based projects in nature with children. In particular, this paper considers the implications of CCI artist pedagogues’ perceptions of their nature-based practice for children’s wellbeing. Research comprised a ‘talk and draw’ focus group followed by individual interviews with CCI artists. Findings show artist pedagogues’ work has the potential to support aspects of children’s wellbeing through promotion of agency, developing confidence, and providing inspiration to support creativity.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: wellbeing, nature, art, children, artist pedagogue
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Nicola Walshe
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2018 15:17
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:52

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