This great Autumn term theme is a wonderful way to introduce the children to land art. Covering artist such as Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long. The children collected natural materials from the school grounds as we're very fortunate to have some beautiful surrounding. If you don't have a natural resource for the children to gather materials from this could be combined with a school trip. It's a fantastic outdoor activity if you are going on a bear hunt or looking for the Gruffalo. What's also wonderful about this type of art is the children's age or ability really don't impact on the results. I spoke to the children before hand about natural forms and shapes and discussed the work and materials involved in Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long. We are very lucky that Richard Long has completed a number of pieces in the city and has worked her for years, giving this unit another local history link.
Then I just let them loose and enjoyed the buzz of excitement and creativity.
I followed this activity up with another opportunity for the children to use natural materials to make pictures. we had some left over leaves from this activity so we used these to make animal pictures. Arranging the different shapes and coloured leaves to represent animals from the woodland and glue them into our sketchbooks.