We really love collecting around here. From Shopkins to pinecones, we are pro-collections-of-small-and-interesting-things!
Here’s an activity that puts our nature collection to work:
WHAT YOU NEED:
surface to draw on (We dug into our recycled canvas pile, using painted cardboard pieces! Paper or mini whiteboards work too!)
treasures from nature (pinecones, sticks, flowers, acorns, leaves, etc.)
HOW TO MAKE:
If you don’t already have a collection of nature items, go for a nature walk first!
Use a marker to create a face or part of a character on your surface of choice.
Complete your character using the treasures you collected in nature!
Work collaboratively to build a scene of characters. Let your scene tell a story!
Which materials did you like working with the most? Why?
How did you choose which characters to create?
Tell me about the sounds you heard on our nature walk!
How can we show respect to our environment?
THINGS TO CELEBRATE & ENCOURAGE:
following family guidelines during walk (e.g. wearing hat or sunscreen, staying within a certain area, etc.)
showing creativity with use of materials
using materials as intended (e.g. using rocks for art instead of throwing them!)
making independent decisions during the art-making process
reflecting on artwork and moving nature pieces to get the desired look
One of the best parts of this activity is that the nature items can be removed and new pieces of art can be created another day!
We can’t wait to see what you create! Please tag us @theartstadium so we can see your creativity in action.