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ksew
« on: May 16, 2006 07:36:31 AM »

Hi everyone! Not sure if this is the best place for this, please let me know if not!!
My sister runs an outdoor education center.  This year I am helping her with the art section.  We already have a bunch of art projects we do, but we are looking to branch out.  Does anyone have any good ideas for nature art or crafts?  We would like it to be mostly using materials found in nature, or at least relating to nature in some way.   Here is what we already do... if anyone has any other suggestions, I would be SOOO grateful!!
*nature prints/ cyanotypes
*african mud cloths
*garden stepping stones/ mosaics
*herb pillows
*papermaking
*observational drawing/ painting

These are great activities, but the thing is, some  of the kids that come have been coming for years, and it's always the same projects!!
I should also say that about 95% of the kids that come to this center are inner city low income, and have not experienced very much nature.  So anything they can take home is FABULOUS!!
The groups that come range in age from 6 yrs. old to teens.  THANK YOU in advance for any ideas!!
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« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2006 07:42:15 AM »

just an idea but have you looked at the work of land artists at all? people like Andy Goldsworthy and Richard Long make amazing art and it cold be fun to try to "copy" some of their stuff...

google "andy goldsworthy" for ideas!
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ksew
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2006 08:15:33 AM »

Yes, I have looked at organic artists.. the thing is, these projects should be things they can take home.   Thank you though!
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2006 08:21:48 AM »

im just going to sprout off anything that comes to my mind at the moment, although I'm not sure if its exactly what your looking for but it cant hurt to get the ideas out there.

Pinecone Bird feeders (where you take a pinecone and spread peanut butter over it and dip it in bird seed, maybe to observe the birds when they come )

Maybe a lil plant in a cup thing that the could take home and care for

Maybe you could even have a lil contest to see who can create the most imagitive thing out of mainly materials found in nature (for example one might take leaves and twigs and build a mini house or something)

not realyl sure I'll get back to you if anything else pops in my head
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2006 11:28:04 AM »

Yes, I have looked at organic artists.. the thing is, these projects should be things they can take home.   Thank you though!

that's ok! pebble painting could be fun aswell! just another thought!
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