“WE BELIEVE THAT ART CAN HELP TO CHANGE THE WORLD”
‘Last Chance to Paint’, inspiring children to connect to the natural world and tribal culture through creativity and making people aware of what we stand to lose. ‘Travel’ with artist John Dyer as he paints endangered ecosystems & people around the world. We will celebrate the children’s art in our online gallery. An optimistic project aiming to build real bonds, knowledge, respect and love between children and the natural world using the universal language and power of art. Get involved now
John Dyer’s Visual Conversation with the World
John Dyer has been the artist in residence for many leading scientific organisations around the world and now he is inviting children and schools to 'travel' with him
“My experiences of painting around the world have created firm bonds between myself and the environment. More than that I have seen my own children bonding with nature as they ‘travelled’ with me. They now tread gently on the planet. I want to enable many thousands of children to bond in this way & to create art using paint, drawings, collage or iPads and to proudly exhibit it in our gallery.”
John Dyer's adventures start again in 2019A unique opportunity for children to 'travel', create & exhibit their art alongside
Primary school children and secondary school children up to age 16 can be a part of it
the Eden Project's artist in residence John Dyer
'Last Chance to Paint' is being planned and supported by The Eden Project and Survival International
Below: John Dyer's previous art adventures
Schools & children are invited to connect to the world through art
Using 4G and satellite technology we are planning for schools to be able to join us via the internet as we travel. Ask us questions and really be part of the adventures. Live. Together we will paint and draw amazing people, animals, plants & places. Discover tribal & indigenous art, culture & music. Watch as John paints, learn new techniques and be inspired. Think about climate change. Children can make a piece of art they will always remember that reinforces connections to the natural world and we will celebrate it on our gallery.
How can schools and children get involved?
We need lots of expressions of interest from schools and parents so we can raise the funding to run 'Last Chance to Paint'. Please take a moment to pledge your school's interest today so we can make this amazing opportunity a reality for your children soon. Families can pledge their support too and register for our email updates.
We also have a great project you can get involved with today - 'Repair the world'.
We want to see your class make a huge and fabulous John Dyer world map. Great prizes too!
Before we launch the main projects during 2019 we would like you to engage your class with ecosystems & climate change issues through art today. Ask your class to recreate and embellish this John Dyer world map on a BIG scale. Rebuild & repair the world one piece at a time. We will be exhibiting all the maps online that are sent into us. Your school could win a signed John Dyer print of the map worth £115. Find out more now.
These are the first projects we want you to be involved with
READ ABOUT THE LAST CHANCE TO PAINT TEAM AND MAIN SUPPORTERS
Join us on our journey of discovery Scroll down to see some of the areas that could provide inspiration for 'Last Chance to Paint'.
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Last Chance to Paint News
Happy new year to you all and I hope that 2019 brings many amazing and positive experiences for us all. ‘Last Chance to Paint’ is progressing well. Our web site is ready to receive wonderful paintings and art from children across the world and we have the online gallery built and published that will showcase […]
Superheroes save the world – let’s empower our children to be eco-superheros as we need their amazing potential and young minds to solve the climate crisis. They can and will do it and it’s an exciting time. In the last few weeks, I have noticed an amazing disconnect between global events, people I have met, […]
Follow the blog with Bloglovin 2018 has been a significant year for me, I completed my 50th year on planet Earth and celebrated with a public retrospective of my paintings and a new book about my life and work. Many of those paintings celebrate the natural world, sustainable food harvests, plants and ethnobotanical subjects, so […]
I have known John for about 20 years and during that time I have had the good fortune to be involved in a number of his ‘projects’. I’ve climbed rock faces and flown in helicopters with him, and we have shared a hut in the jungle. Browsing through John’s work gives an impression of the […]
I remember clearly a lesson in school, when I was only 11 years old, about a strange scientific theory that was called the ‘greenhouse effect’. It intrigued me, as I had been in my grandpa’s greenhouse and it was seriously hot, in fact stifling. It worried me that the conditions there would be adding to […]
“LOTS OF LITTLE CHANGES IN THE WAY WE LIVE CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE TO OUR WORLD AND FUTURE”
"What I particularly like about artist John Dyer is that he takes very serious subjects and handles them with a lightness of touch which makes people not feel they are being preached at or made to feel as if they are guilty as sin or that we are necessarily going to hell in a handcart today, but there is always a slight warning that it might happen tomorrow."
“John is an artist who reaches the parts that many other artists cannot.”
“John's brave use of colour and broad truthful brushstrokes make a direct hit on the retina.”
"Wonder with a message."
"John's pictures are all about diversity and bringing out what might pass unseen."
"I have always had immense respect for anyone who chooses to take time to interpret our world for us through painting, and feel especially privileged to have hosted such an inspired artist."
"John's Spirit of the Rainforest paintings introduced us to a new genre of art."
"John's paintings can connect the children to the rainforest. The children are the future."
"The natural world is in danger and climate change is a real threat. Let’s take this last chance to change direction and harness the fun and engagement of art, dovetail it with science, and inspire our children to do better than we have done."
"We cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the destruction of life on the planet. It is, perhaps, our duty to equip the next generation with both the tools and the motivation to be able to make a real difference"
“John Dyer is doing absolutely fantastic work. Not just in awareness, but I really like his paintings and how he is making art and sustainability a joint activity which can unite people.”