Learning with the Natural Environment: How Walking with Nature Can Actively Shape Creativity and Contribute to Holistic Learning

Maarit Mäkelä, Bilge Aktas

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Abstract

Learning takes place in various spaces through human and nonhuman interactions. Considering the urgent need for rethinking how humans relate to nature, in this article we present a MA level course in the context of art, craft and design to discuss how learning with the natural environment approach can impact learning experiences. We introduce walking with nature as a creative method that fosters students’ ability to let the environment actively shape their creative events. The encounter with nature-based materials in their different forms and following the material's flow provides students with a foundation for their creative processes. This study proposes that walking can facilitate the entanglement between the student's knowledge and encountered materials, generating an emotional and dialogical relationship with the natural environment that contributes to a holistic learning experience. We propose that such an experience can help in comprehending the importance of the caring actions we need to take and maintain towards the nonhuman world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-154
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Art & Design Education
Volume42
Issue number1
Early online date10 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2023
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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