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Use NATURE To Create A Work Of Art (All Ages & Grades; Regular Education, Special Education, & Special Needs)

May 12, 2020

With Parent Permission find materials from nature to create your masterpiece! You may glue, or use string to put it all together, or simply lay it all out and take a photo on a cell phone, or any other manner you would like. Materials from the outdoors may be fallen leaves, seeds, freshly cut grass, whatever you have parental permission to use. Your work may be 2-Dimensional or 3-D. It may be realistic or abstract. 

An example of this project may be a face, such as dandelions for eyes, a twig for a nose, a leaf for a smile, and freshly cut grass for hair. The ideas are endless, and you may use your creativiity and imagination to make your masterpiece. 

Note: Special Education & Special Needs: It is fine if their work becomes more abstract or simply a collage of materials. It is all good.  A great talking point is texture. Texture is a great element of art to discuss with students. Texture is something you may feel with your hands and see with your eyes. Texture is very important to visually impaired or blind students. You may ask, "Is it soft, smooth, scratchy, rough, fluffy...?"

ALL STUDENTS: WITH PARENT PERMISSION - LOOK CLOSE AT NATURE, GATHER SOME MATERIALS AND SEE WHERE YOUR IMAGINATION TAKES YOU. Be Art-ragous! When your are finished, clean-up.

It is important to ask yourself some questions. (These questions are a part of the second category on your report card that you have seen - they are Response & Connections).  Some questions you ask may be: What was the coolest part of this project? What was one thing you learned? What did you enjoy most when you were outside? What was your most favorite piece of nature that you found? What did you find that worked the best in your art work?