Celebrating Trees – November 3, 2018

“Tree Hugger”, Rice Paper Collage in Plexiglass

Celebrating Trees – A Paper Collage PLAYshop

Saturday, November 3 at Red Fox Creative Studio

10 a.m.     Meet at the parking lot behind the Saskatchewan Museum  for time with the trees                          before we begin to create (optional)

11 a.m.      Meet at Red Fox Creative Studio, 300-1954 Angus Street to create until 4

4 p.m.       Return to the trees in Wascana Park (optional)

Celebrating Trees Cost: $65 per person. I don’t want lack of money to stop anyone from attending, so a sliding scale from 0 to what you can afford is available. Please let me know what you are able to contribute when  you register. Please pre register. Cost includes all materials. Please bring your own lunch and snacks. (I need enough registrants to cover the cost of rent at the studio, so will confirm that the PLAYshop is going ahead by October 30th)

I have been taking time recently  to consider my relationship to particular trees through my life. The piece above entitled “Tree Hugger” captures some of the feeling I had as a child, when I loved to hug the slender trunks of birch trees and look up, way up their trunks through the green foliage to the blue sky. I knew that those birch trees were my sisters.

More recently, as aspen groves which I have come to know well have been removed from neighbouring fields, I have felt quite heartbroken. These actions, too, have encouraged me to consider my relationship with trees.

From a previous tree PLAYshop

Creating art is one wonderful way to deepen our relationship to the natural world. Whether we are celebrating a tree that has been an important presence for us, or lamenting a tree (or trees) “unjustly felled”, art helps us explore our feelings about trees in a healing and affirmative way.

We will begin our day amongst  the trees in Wascana Park, behind the museum parking lot. This will be a largely silent time to take time to consider our friendships with trees and to honour the trees who were taken down there (“unjustly felled”) recently. You are welcome to bring a poem, a song, or an offering. (This is optional.)

At Red Fox Creative Studio, we will create paper collages to honour the trees in our lives. All materials will be provided but if you have materials you would like to bring, please do so. Some may wish to celebrate trees with pen and ink, watercolour or other materials and you are most welcome to do this but must bring your own materials.

I want to acknowledge Red Fox Creative Studio which has been home to my Regina PLAYshops for the last year. Red Fox’s  Angus Street doors will close this November and they will shift their classes and retreats to a mobile model. I have so appreciated this beautiful studio, and the spirits of Kristen and Kayla who are the creative spirits behind the Red  Fox dream.

Below “Heartwood” by Robert MacFarlane who writes, “in praise of trees and not in blame of the cutter”. Art is by Nick Hayes. Shared with permission. Thanks to Maureen MacKenzie for sharing this with me.