Dr. Lisa Sonter

Queensland, Australia [ECEC consultant]

Workshop title: "Arranging in nature: Raising children's awareness of their environment through art" (workshop full)

This practical session invites participants to reflect on children's intentions when engaging with natural, open-ended materials. It draws upon works by American researcher Heather Malin (2013) who investigates children's intentions of their art work; Ann Pelo's interest in the place of ecological identity in children's lives; and ephemeral artists Andy Goldsworthy and Shona Wilson.
Showcasing children's explorations of natural materials as a meaning making tool to support thinking, this workshop promotes understandings of the significant opportunities art affords children to connect with, and raise their awareness of, the natural environment, and its care.

Personal Bios: Dr. Lisa Sonter is a very experienced early childhood teacher, currently lecturing at the University of New England. With a strong interest in children's play, particularly in natural environments, Lisa co-operates "Consultants at Play", a play-based curriculum consultancy, and is co-author of Progressing Play: Practicalities, Intentions and Possibilities in Emerging Co-constructed Curriculum. She is a recipient of an ASG Community Merit Award for leadership and innovation in early childhood teaching methods. Vice-President of the Queensland Early Childhood Sustainability Network, Lisa is committed to building and progressing respectful, collaborative partnerships across the early childhood sector.

Dr. Lisa Sonter