Kids Get Arty: Andy Goldsworthy

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Welcome back to Kids Get Arty – our bi-monthly challenge, where we pick and artist, discuss his work and then have a go at something inspired by that artist. This is the 4th challenge. And this time we decided to take a look at British artist, Andy Goldsworthy. Mainly because it is Autumn and I really wanted to make use of the oh so pretty Autumn colours of our leaves. There is an AMAZING read leafed tree at Red Ted’s school and there is a lovely little yellow leaf tree on our road.

Exploring Andy Goldsworthy with kids - such a beautiful and easy nature activity for kids. Make Andy Goldsworthy inspired nature art with kids. Easy. Fun. Pretty. Great for both Summer and Autumn (perfect Fall Leaf Activity for kids too!)

 

The next Kids Get Arty challenge will be on 16th January 2012.

Check out our previous projects, as well as associated linky parties. See what we did, as well as all the other FABULOUS projects linked – you will find over a 100 ideas to keep you going.

   

Klimt, shapes, layering & potato printing

David Hockney, Photo Montage

Banksy, Street Art – Stencils and Spray Paint

Exploring Art: Andy Goldsworthy

Back to Andy Goldsworthy. Andy Goldsworthy is a key artists in the “Land Art” movement – creating temporary art by working with nature. Many of his creations are made solely by using his bare hands, teeth and any “natural” tools that he happens to find. His art is often temporary, so photography plays a key role in his artwork – capturing the art, before it decays, falls apart or floats away.
We have a beautiful book called “Natural, Simple Land Art through The Seasons”, by Marc Pouyet. It features art by Robert Smithson, Nils Udo and Andy Goldsworthy. Sadly, I couldn’t work out which images belong to which artists. But the book is beautiful and if you like land art I highly recommend it. We had a lovely browse through the book. Red Ted really enjoyed the artwork created with stones, whilst Pip Squeak loved the flowers and I loved the leaves. We then googled some images on Andy Goldsworthy:
This one was Red Ted’s favourite:

Broken Stones“, scratched with another pebble.

Red Ted said “Yes yes, Mummy, let’s make this one”. “I love the stones Mummy”. “How did he do that”. We didn’t have enough stones and certainly no broken ones.. we ahem, had a bunch of leaves. So I steered him towards this:

Gold Rowan Leaves.
I asked Red Ted what he thought it was made of and how Andy Goldsworth did it. I asked him whether he liked it (yes), how it made him feel and why he thought there was a “hole in the middle”.

Striding Arches
Red Ted was also fascinated by Goldsworthy’s arches – “Mummy, how did you DO that?” – I tried to explain the science behind it. And think I failed. I think we will have to do a little project on tension at some point (or maybe I can get Science Sparks to do it?!).
We then had a look at the shortened “River’s and Tides” film. It was wonderful as it really showed the transient nature of Goldsworthy’s art and how fragile it. Take a look:

Red Ted loved the stick structure falling apart. Well, I don’t know about love, but it was fascinating. He also loved the creation of ice structures and should we have a cold winter, it is another thing that I would like to look at with him.

Our Kid’s Land Art

Then we grabbed our leaves and headed to our neighbour’s house (she has a nicer patio). And got creating. We cheated a little. I made some papier mache paste, to help stick the leaves down a little, as I knew with 3 children jumping about and a light wind, we may not get very far. We needed to slow the decaying and destruction process down.

I showed the children all the leaves. And asked them which colour we should start with.

Exploring Andy Goldsworthy with kids - such a beautiful and easy nature activity for kids. Make Andy Goldsworthy inspired nature art with kids. Easy. Fun. Pretty. Great for both Summer and Autumn (perfect Fall Leaf Activity for kids too!)

They picked Red.

As per Andy Goldsworthy, I put down a circle of paste and the children started adding the red leaves.

Exploring Andy Goldsworthy with kids - such a beautiful and easy nature activity for kids. Make Andy Goldsworthy inspired nature art with kids. Easy. Fun. Pretty. Great for both Summer and Autumn (perfect Fall Leaf Activity for kids too!)

Red Ted then wanted to add a yellow layer on the inside.

So we did.

Our neighbour’s boy found some purpley leaves in his garden and brought them over. We added them to the outside.

Exploring Andy Goldsworthy with kids - such a beautiful and easy nature activity for kids. Make Andy Goldsworthy inspired nature art with kids. Easy. Fun. Pretty. Great for both Summer and Autumn (perfect Fall Leaf Activity for kids too!)

After MUCH debating.. we  then all agreed on adding some green leaves in the middle (I wanted to keep it free, but Red Ted wanted to fill it up, so we did).

Exploring Andy Goldsworthy with kids - such a beautiful and easy nature activity for kids. Make Andy Goldsworthy inspired nature art with kids. Easy. Fun. Pretty. Great for both Summer and Autumn (perfect Fall Leaf Activity for kids too!)

And done.

The kids LOVED it. My neighbour LOVED it. Her husband LOVED it. It was just so pretty!

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