How to Create Land Art

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photo: Muséum de Toulouse on Flickr

Land art is easy and fun and can be done by anyone. Basically it involves making sculptures and art from things you might find in nature, such as pebbles, rocks, twigs, sand, pine cones, shells, seed heads, leaves. These things can be made into mandalas, spirals, shapes, animals, or patterns…. the possibilities are endless.

Creating land art provides the opportunity for your family to

  • Learn about nature; explore its wonders, and develop a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of creation and your place within it.
  • Get outside and away from technology for a while.
  • Exercise your creativity and imagination.

But best of all it will help you s-l-o-w down the pace of life and enjoy some time in the fresh air as a family. As you create art together you will have many opportunities to connect and build memories. It is also free!

photo: Collen Proppe  via flickr

photo: Collen Proppe on Flickr

You will need
    • Your imagination
    • A camera is nice, but not necessary.
    • Somewhere to explore: a park, the woods, a beach, or even your backyard.
  1. Explore your chosen location. Take a good look at all the different shapes, colours and textures you see.
  2. Collect materials to create your art. Depending on your location these might include pebbles, small rocks, shells, seaweed, driftwood, leaves fir cones, acorns, sticks, dandelions, daisies, leaves and anything else you come across.
  3. Find an interesting place to make your art.
  4. Look at the materials you have collected and let your imagination run free. Remember there are no rules in land art.
  5. Create some art
  6. If you have a camera with you take pictures to record your creations.
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photo: Collen Proppe on Flickr

Although you will be working on this project together, I would strongly encourage you to let your children take the lead. Try to focus on the process rather than the end result. The most important thing is that you all have fun together and build happy memories.

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photo: Groume, on Flickr

I hope the photographs I have enclosed will provide lots of inspiration. I would also encourage you to visit the website Nature Whispering  to look at their pictures.

If you make any land art with your children I would love to see pictures. You could upload your photographs to a photo-sharing site and send me a link, or you could visit my Facebook page and post your picture there.

Safety First

This is a pretty safe activity, but there are a few cautions

  1. Supervise the gathering of materials, and caution your children about eating anything they find!
  2. If you are exploring near water, keep close to your children and supervise them carefully.
  3. If you are exploring by the ocean check the tides before you go. Stay well away from the water once you have collected your materials and are creating art. Know when high tide occurs and keep track of time. For more information about beach safety download a helpful brochure here

This is a Jump-Starter activity. I hope you enjoy it.

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Photo: VivaoPictures, on Flickr

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  1. says

    This is so cool. I never heard or saw this before. Thanks for sharing this. I learned something new. I’m not too artistic but I am into nature. Love the pictures.

  2. Sharon Harding says

    I’m glad I could share. The great thing about this activity is that you don’t have to be artistic. Just arrange the things in a way that pleases your eye.

  3. says

    These just look amazing, and sooooo imaginative. My daughter and son would love to try this, thanks so much for the inspiration…and for linking to the Pinterest Parenting Party too :-)

    • says

      Thank you Helen. It is a really fun thing to do. I work at a library and our Summer Reading Program co-ordinator did this activity with the children. They loved it and I was so impressed with their creativity. I hope you enjoy doing this with your son and daughter :)

  4. says

    What a lovely idea. I know of street art and pavement art but not land art. Very beautiful and imaginative. I like one of the little girl :0)