Thursday, September 9, 2010

Art and Nature

I've wanted to do project inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy for a long time, but in Vermont it can be tricky.  Wait too long and everything falls and blows away.  Last year we ended the school year by watching "Rivers and Tides", after a quick review my students were all set to go.  These pics are sixth grade at Currier Memorial.  I'll have more photos next week and I'll post them as I get them.  Below the photos you'll find a great link to "Goldsworthy Elements of Art".  I did a quick review of the elements with my students, then they analyzed Goldsworthy's art in terms of the Elements.  They were brilliant at this.  Very impressive!

 Look at this.  It's as tall as they are.
 Here's the link to the Elements of Art Goldsworthy style that I used:

This is the criteria we used to assess our work.
The work of art...
is carefully constructed
reflects your understanding of the work of Andy Goldsworthy and Environmental Art
is made from natural materials
is built in the designated area in the designated time
is photographed
is accompanied by an artist statement that explains how your work is similar to and different than the work of Andy Goldsworthy, an the process you used to construct your work.

More photos....


  1. I have always dreamed of doing this! I have all the resources but our outside space is terrible! There is just grass. This looks like the kids had a blast!

  2. Oh Erica, you're right. The kids REALLY enjoyed it and so did I.
    If you don't have access to anything beyond grass you might look at the work of Joe Mangrum. He constructs large mandala-like designs with lentils, beans, and other "stuff". If you scroll down on this link you can check out his work.