Hands on Learning activity: Environmental art

We have supplied some ideas for activities at home to help you keep learning and practicing your skills. Please keep in mind that in HoL we encourage initiative, but normally you are supervised by staff with skills and this may or may not be available at home. Please ask your parent/guardian first before starting this activity. Reminder: To keep this activity safe don’t forget to practice social distancing when you are walking to your local park. Please click here for the HOL@home Safety Analysis template

Create an artwork in or around your garden with what you can find and email it to Penny @ pennys@fitzroyhs.vic.edu.au.

With the different tones in the Australian forest, and changing autumn season, it’s great to be able to find
different colour pallets and materials to create a masterpiece. Or work with stones and rock or mud. This
simply takes time, patience and creativity and you’ll be amazed by what you can do and how you will feel.

MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT NEEDED:

• Whatever materials you can find in your own garden or neighbourhood. As a principle try to only use things that have already fallen and detached, rather than picking things from living plants.

• Think of a good space or background for your finished work – is that simply a cleared piece of earth, or another plant, or even a tree or its bark.

SKILLS YOU NEED:

• creativity
• resourcefulness
• patience
• camera (or phone) to take pictures

SAFETY ISSUES:

• Dependent on the area you live in and the materials you use, a thin pair of gloves to protect from soil bacteria is recommended.

DURATION:

• From sourcing resources to full creation this could take anywhere from one hour to half a day.

Step 1
First of all start with some image searches to get your creativity flowing with the endless possibilities before you. Simply Google search ‘environmental art’ or for amazing artists such as Andy Goldsworthy. Try YouTube as well.

Step 2
Start planning what kind of design you’d like to work on and maybe do some sketches. Or you could simply go outside and see where you’d like to do create your work and the materials you have to work with. Here you need patience as sometimes your original ideas may not work so you need to be adaptable and resilient.

Step 3
Clear the space you want to work in. Think of how you want your background to work, and what will compare and contrast to the materials you’re using. Patiently start creating and adapt to your materials and the conditions.


Step 4
The beauty of this work is that you have to be willing to let it go – it’s not a permanent structure. Take a picture of your completed work and think of how you want to frame this too – big background or not. Then share it with others and walk away. You may want to see or record how it changes over time.