Art of the Wild
Many of us have seen drawings or paintings of nature, like landscape paintings, but some artists are so inspired by nature that they use things like rocks, leaves, and much more to make their art instead of paints or pencils. Some even create "earthworks" that involve shaping the land itself into new forms! Today, you'll burrow into art in nature and create your own art inspired by the outdoors.
Ask About Today
What is one thing in nature that inspired you to create a piece of art with it? Why did it catch your eye?
What kind of Land Art can we make as a family on our next family nature outing?
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Part of making art about nature is exploring it. Let's spend some time learning about and getting inspired by the natural beauty around us.
National Parks, Natural Inspiration
Get a virtual look at five visually stunning National Parks in the United States, from Alaska to Florida. Notice how different each landscape is in color and texture. Which is your favorite?
Andy Goldsworthy in Focus
Learn more about Andy Goldsworthy, a famous environmental artist who uses stone, leaves, wood, and even ice in his work. He's also our inspiration for today's Create activity! Watch him at work in this video.
Meet a Sand Artist
Artist Jim Denevan has been using the beach for his canvas for more than 20 years. He creates enormous, science-inspired artworks in the sand, where they remain only until the tide comes in. Head to the shore with him in this video from Great Big Story.
Get ready to get your hands dirty. Today we're making some natural found-object art of our own.
Make Your Own Natural Artwork
Start by finding five or more types of natural materials from your backyard, along your street, or even in your kitchen. You can use leaves, flowers, grass, dirt, food like beans or fruits, sticks, rocks and more. The possibilities are endless, and you can use the same material more than once to create a design that uses repetition—so be sure to collect enough.
Once you have your materials, organize them into a unique and interesting design. Many artists like to use a circular shape so that the viewer’s eye easily travels around the whole piece of art, but what yours looks like is totally up to you.You don't have to glue your design down or even put it on an actual piece of paper—arrange it where you like and take a photo to capture your work, like Andy Goldsworthy does!
Share your work! We'd love to see it. Ask a parent to email a photo to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.
Take an Inspiration Walk
What inspires you in nature? With permission from an adult, take a walk outside and identify at least 10 things you see that inspire you. Try to find 10 natural elements or materials like plants, clouds, puddles, or rocks!
Think about why they inspire you. Is it the shape? Do they remind you of something else or make you feel a certain emotion? Can you make another piece of art inspired by what you found?
Consider making a drawing, creating a piece of land art, or even taking a photo of whatever inspired you most. Talk with a family member or friend about the item you found most inspiring and why.