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!
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.
- Explore your chosen location. Take a good look at all the different shapes, colours and textures you see.
- 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.
- Find an interesting place to make your art.
- Look at the materials you have collected and let your imagination run free. Remember there are no rules in land art.
- Create some art
- If you have a camera with you take pictures to record your creations.
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.
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.
This is a pretty safe activity, but there are a few cautions
- Supervise the gathering of materials, and caution your children about eating anything they find!
- If you are exploring near water, keep close to your children and supervise them carefully.
- 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.