This was a year of making “Fairyariums” for others, revitalizing a forest, establishing The International Fairy Historical Society, and working on The Autobiography of A Fairy. Much more to come on all of those activities in 2012! Happy New Year!
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Many cultures in many different countries are known to believe in tiny, invisible (or partly visible), beings widely known as fairies. In each land you will find that there are various types or tribes of fairies. In general, fairies can be categorized as spirit beings belonging to one of the four elements of nature: Earth, Air, Water, & Fire. According to W.Y. Evans-Wentz (fairy expert and author of The Fairy Faith In Celtic Countries), Gnomes, pixies, leprechauns and other rock dwelling elves are all Earth fairies. Fairies of the air are those that inhabit the sky, such as Sylphs, Gentry, and the flittering fairies of Shakespeare’s dramas. Water fairies, or Undines, are sea, lake, river, stream, pond and puddle dwellers. Fire fairies are often called Salamanders – those ethereal, hovering sprites who linger near the flickering flames of candle, fire, and sunlight. Whatever you call them, if you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of their sparkling wings, or hear the quiet melody of their music, you will be forever enchanted by their magic.
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Here’s a fun link to some wonderful stop-motion animation done by an up and coming young animator, very magical! http://www.youtube.com/user/boogiebird95#p/a/u/0/lmP9qvOZpyk
Last week, The Fairy Lady had the pleasure of visiting a wonderful school for young creative minds in Portland, Oregon. Currently located at the Northwest Children’s Theater (1819 NW Everett St.), A Renaissance School of Arts & Sciences is a magical place to learn (see photos below). I was completely enchanted as I walked into a classroom full of children who were happily focused on projects ranging from building fairy houses, to creating electrical connections from batteries for lighting their constructions, to planting, observing, and recording the growth of plants. The school is a combination art studio, exploratorium, and design technology workshop. It is a year-round school, with a month-long break in August. Students use projects in art, design, engineering, and the sciences to explore the K-8 curriculum. I have worked at, and visited, many schools as an author and teacher and have never seen the focus, joy, collaborative spirit, and independence that I witnessed at the Renaissance School. If you have school age children, I encourage you to find out more about the Renaissance School. Fairyosity Guaranteed!