Art in the Classroom
WINTER BIRCH TREES
Temporary Nature Art
Our fall art was inspired by Andy Goldsworthy’s Nature Art. Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, renowned in his field, who creates temporary landscape art installations out of sticks and stones, and anything and everything else that he finds outside.
During outdoor play, the children gathered leaves, rocks, wood and mums. They carefully arranged the objects and created a beautiful piece of art. Following Andy Goldsworthy’s temporary art, the children left the artwork outdoors to return back to nature.
Continuing to be inspired by the works of Andy Goldsworthy, the children gathered colorful leaves of different sizes and shapes and glued them onto a paper-shaped umbrella. Laying the leaf umbrella on the grass, everyone was excited to have their photos taken. Extending the art activity, we used fall colored paints to finger paint wooden shingles. The finishing touch was gluing their flying umbrella photo onto the shingle.
Whale Collage on Canvas - AUCTION ITEM
The children all worked together on a marvelous collage of a whale, inspired by Eric Carle’s book Animal Animal. The bright and colorful collage was created by painting paper, tearing it into shapes and gluing it onto the canvas in layers to create one, big amazing whale.
We have read many books illustrated and written by Eric Carle. Inspired by the story Little Cloud, the children created their own clouds by dabbing white paint onto blue construction paper. Folding the construction paper in half when the paint was still wet and rubbing it together to create symmetrical clouds. We enjoyed hearing their interpretations of their clouds.
Inspired by Jan Brett’s story the mitten, the children designed bright and cheerful mittens using Eric Carle’s collage technique––tearing, layering and gluing hand painted papers.