Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Art class: sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

The last week of our art class I showed the kids pictures of art by one of my new favorite artists, Andy Goldsworthy. God has truly given him a unique, creative mind. After we looked through the art books the kids went out to make their own temporary, natural sculptures/structures. Here is what they came up with. Their creations were, as always, so much more amazing than I could have imagined.

CP and his mom made this beautiful little tent/teepee out of a skunk cabbage leaf, sticks and cut grass woven together. This was the only shot that turned out because it was such a windy day it kept blowing over. The perils of doing art outside!
This was the first of a couple presentations that LY and MP made together. This is, as you can see, a bird's nest in a tree and garden. So creative!
Then they decided to move the nest outside to a real tree and add some dandelions for a different setup. Lovely! Here you can see the eggs they made out of moss.
This was a stunning boat that TE made out of a stick, a skunk cabbage leaf and an old board. We decided to photograph it in our creek to add to the effect. To get the stick to stay in the board he first hammered a nail a little ways down into the board to make a hole. Very creative!
This is a unique bundle of sticks that IT made after seeing a bundle that Andy Goldsworthy made out of huge trees. This was a very carefully planned out bundle, with all the sticks carefully pruned and cut to the same size and then tied with grasses. IT spent the rest of the class trying to make an arch out of rocks like Andy Goldsworthy does but unfortunately IT's arches kept crashing. He really worked hard at it though.
This is Mr. T's picture that he made with the help of another mom who was assisting in the class. They tied bundles of different plants that he chose and then he arranged them on the paper. This is not his favorite thing to do so I was proud of him (and thankful for the mom helping him) for hanging in there and finishing this picture.
This is O Boy's predictably complicated arrangement. It began as a wall and people going on a boat and, and, and...and then it turned into the Titanic. So there really is a rhyme and reason behind everything on the paper and it's all somehow connected to the Titanic.

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