Loving the outdoors, Kelly Maxwell (grade 3) and her teacher candidate Sydney Kemp explored the work of Andy Goldsworthy, a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist. Andy Goldsworthy is known for creating beautiful non-permanent works of art using nature.Here is their blog on teaching students to use Andy Goldsworthy's work as a guide:
Then we took their learning outside! Students were put into small groups and given the instructions to work together, find natural (only) materials and create a piece of art. Students were reminded of the Core Competencies of Communication and Creative Thinking. The pieces they came up with were not only unique but thoughtful. Students had specific reasons for not only creating what they did, but for why they used specific materials. Students were then given time to write a Nature Journal entry to explain their “masterpiece” and their feelings around it.
An extension: We are planning to give the studentstime to create individual art pieces using nature and then exploring photography. Students will look for “Nature Art” that was created with no human help and photograph it. They will write about why they chose to take a picture of that specific piece of nature and what feelings they experience. In the end, they will have a piece of learning that they can show (a photo), without disturbing nature. Essentially they will take something nonpermanent and have a permanent reminder.