To help children explore their creativity through visual art and a connection with the natural world, and to become active stewards of our planet.
Connecting Children To Art In Nature provides arts and nature-based educational services to facilitate and inspire connections to nature for children, adults and educators
Based in Los Angeles- Active Worldwide
EDUCATIONAL SERVICES INCLUDE
Arts & Nature-based educational programs, art classes for children's schools,enrichment camps, pods, private families, on-line learning
Educational design for botanical gardens, community gardens, and nature centers
Professional development workshops for schools & seminars for adult education
A multi-disciplinary art program focusing on the elements of art & principle of design features in nature. Designed for ages 3-9.
Sensory-oriented, art and nature-based exploration program for young children 18 months - 3 years.
Customized art classes serving your child/group's needs. Curated sessions featuring Art in Nature & Language of Nature programing.
Educational art classes conducted on-line serving your child/group's needs. Curated sessions available featuring Art in Nature & Language of Nature programing.
An outdoor nature club for young children with an adult meeting for trails walks, activities, stories and fun. Please email for location, price and times/dates.
Family friendly nature art walk for young children 4-9 with adult. Materials provided to record your observations. Please email for location, price and times/dates.
Classes for children with adult ages 3+ to create art projects with natural & recycled materials. Children discover the magic & inspiration nature holds! Please email for location, price and times/dates
Professional Development Workshops available to suit your school's need. Customized content for educators working with children infant- early elementary ages
Professional Development Seminar
for Early Childhood Educators
Details coming soon
Welcoming collaborations & partnerships worldwide
Your support and contributions are greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for your kind donations. It really helps CCAN to continue the work. Much Love!
With pleasure, I am writing this on behalf of Sylvette Frazier. Sylvette worked with the education department at the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam during the summer of 2016. Our goal was to provide higher quality children’s activities during summer and autumn, specifically for the younger audience (4-8 years old). With her experience on education for young children she developed several children’s activity booklets for the Hortus. Sylvette excelled in adopting ideas to suit the garden and its visitors, and together we were able to make several booklets for both English and Dutch visitors. I highly recommend Sylvette for any position regarding children’s education.”.
Freek van Kessel:
It is my honor to endorse Connecting Children to Art in Nature. It is amazing to see how Ms. Frazier has been able to combine both aspects of Art & Nature in designing activities and lessons to fit her clients’ interests. Ms. Frazier is able to individualize programs for any age level. All schools and/or programs interested in going green should definitely include “Connecting Children to Art in Nature” as part of their curriculum. The activities are exceptionally creative, fun and educational. All activities are hands-on and very much sensory-oriented. It is great to see how children begin to connect to nature through a variety of customized activities which keep them engaged for long periods of time.”
Dr. Leonor Vazquez:
“The Arboretum was looking for programs to offer on Free Tuesdays, days we have thousands of guests come through the door. Sylvette observed the Arboretum and its existing programming and set out to create activities that would fit in seamlessly with the Arboretum’s mission to cultivate our natural, horticultural and historic resources for learning, enjoyment and inspiration. The final product was fantastic! The activities were fun, creative, and completely in line with the Arboretum’s style of education. I recommend Sylvette to you without reservation”
Connecting Children to Art in Nature was a refreshing way to teach young children about recycling natural materials to make new and beautiful art works. The lessons were very well organized and mindful of the developmental level of the children in my class. We can’t wait to have Sylvette back in our classroom again.”
Mrs. Kadzhikyan :
Kindergarten / 1st Grade Teacher
Sylvette designed a special family program specific to young children between the ages of 3 to 8 and their adult family members that focused on creating art in our courtyard gardens that emphasized the elements of arts and ephemeral art practice in an eco-conscious format. I found her workshop curriculum to be exciting and innovative and have received many compliments from participants about her abilities to work with all the children, as well as genuine excitement about her program. I think she is a natural leader, an innovator of ideas and practices, and has a kind spirited personality."
Sylvette emphasizes the ephemeral nature of her art lessons with the students. She wants to give them an appreciation for the impermanency of nature and the delicate balance between the environment and human use. Sylvette is eager and willing to link her Art in Nature Program directly to what is being learned in the classroom. She also includes any applicable Archdiocese of Los Angeles standards including Visual Arts, Mathematics, English Language Arts, Science and Social-Emotional standards. Last year I asked my students if they thought Ms. Sylvette should come back for the new TK children or if we should investigate a different program. The answer was a resounding “YES! Ms. Sylvette!” I’m sure your students will enjoy using new materials and experience different projects and teachers will appreciate the integration of art and science.”
Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
"Being out in the garden was amazing and creating art from nature even more so. I also walked away with a greater respect for our earth and trying to use biodegradable materials due to Sylvette’ s efforts to be 100% green for the class. My 5-year old learned to be alright with things that are ephemeral, that not every work of art had to be taken home. My daughter also increased her respect for Mother Earth, to think twice using something to create art and being mindful of not creating excess waste. Peace of mind is also something that we gained being out in a garden studying lines and curves of nature. It was so wonderful to see my daughter learn art theory in terms of lines and colors. I also loved that I was able to be there myself with her and partake in the whole experience too.”
Parent & Participant in CCAN Programs
" CCAN has provided our children with authentic experiences which have helped children to link their natural world to concepts in art and design. I believe our children have a new found appreciation for their environment and how they can use natural materials while at the same time recycling and giving back to nature. Sylvette has created a holistic program rooted in child development and art education! The kids loved it!”
Jim Goodrich, M.A.:
““We are absolutely thrilled with Connecting Children to Art in Nature! The kids have gained a love for working with natural materials. They greet Ms. Frazier at the door, yelling her name, hugging her and always are excited to see what she has brought for them. The projects are developmentally appropriate, and the children are thoroughly engaged. She incorporates topics of environmental education together with art, and we are very impressed with the projects, the presentations and the results.”
Mrs. Bramon- Simonian
“I am very pleased how Ms. Frazier aligns her lessons with my curriculum and standards. Ms. Frazier has been able to create a rapport between herself and the children which is endearing and causes them to look forward even more so then usual to Fridays because “Ms. Sylvette is coming Friday! “. Over the last few years, it has been my pleasure getting to know Ms. Frazier as a teacher and as a colleague. Her instruction comes from the heart and is apparent that each student matters to her. Watching her patience and innovation over the last two years, it is clear to me that the Art in Nature Program has been a beneficial addition to my classroom. I highly recommend Ms. Frazier’s wonderful program!”
Mrs. Jill Lautoa :
Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
“One challenge in managing a community garden is to find ways to extend the benefits of the open space beyond member gardeners, to include adults and children within the community and beyond. With her innovative program, Sylvette Frazier has put our garden to wonderful use as an educational venue for many local children. The pictures I’ve seen, the stories I’ve heard all tell me that his has been a valuable addition to after school and extra-school activities. We will be delighted to have Sylvette and the children for many seasons to come!”
“Thanks to Sylvette my students had a wonderful experience and opportunity to create art with nature. The students were engaged during the activities and eager for her to return. Sylvette’s presentation gave my students the opportunity and freedom to be creative and express themselves in a new way.”
Kindergarten/ 1st Grade Teacher