Roxanne van Gemert Talks About Technology and the Great Outdoors

We now have the ability to be more creative than ever.

By infusing both traditional arts with digital tools, the sky is the limit. We can express ourselves in ways that are even more energetic and powerful.

In combining digital technology with experiences in nature, My Wildhood holds workshops for youth to vividly express themselves. We spoke with Roxanne van Gemert to learn more about My Wildhood, and its mission.

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I live ocean-side in Victoria, British Columbia and I love supporting youth in their outdoor exploration and creative endeavours. I want to show youth that dream seeds can grow into plants, trees and forests—just like My Wildhood did for me.

What is the mission behind My Wildhood?

My Wildhood facilitates project-based workshops for youth ages 8-13 that blend arts-based outdoor exploration with basic graphic design.

Our purpose is to have youth participate in one of our workshops, and come away with two things:

  1. An acknowledgement of the creative capacity that lies within them — both through traditional artistry like photography or drawing, as well as digital and graphic design
  2. An increase in self-confidence with exploring outdoors

Tell us about your workshops

For the first half of each workshop series, students will be outdoors, either taking photographs or sketching. After 5 weeks, students will translate the images and designs they’ve created outside, onto the computer using Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. The remaining lessons will give students the tools they need to enhance and recreate their artwork digitally.  At the end of the workshop, students will have the opportunity to showcase what they’ve created with their friends, family, and community through a My Wildhood Art Exhibit!

Why do you think outdoor exploration, arts and technology are so important?

Technology is rapidly becoming an integral part of our life. While there is often a negative connotation with technology, I think that if utilized properly, it can be an extension of one’s creativity. At My Wildhood, we believe that youth can tap into their imagination and creativity through traditional artistry and graphic design — both enhancing a child’s arts-based skills significantly. By exploring outdoors to gather inspiration for creativity, taking photographs or drawing outdoors, a child can feel more connected to the place they call home.

What are you inspired by?

The west coast inspires me a lot. Whether it’s skiing fresh snow on a sunny day, or jumping in the Strait of Juan De Fuca in the summer months, British Columbia really has it all! I’m really honoured and excited to explore more with youth this Fall, and tap into their creative outlet while doing so.

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