Art with Nature

Ant Lines

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Watch an ant move along the ground and up and over objects. Follow it along it’s trail. Trace behind it with your finger as it goes along it’s way.

Copy the line it travelled in the dirt. If you have a piece of paper handy, copy the ant’s travel line on to the paper – marking the objects it had to go over, under and around.

Try this with a different creature. Which creatures are easiest to follow? Why?

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Watch an ant move along the ground and up and over objects. Follow it along it’s trail. Trace behind it with your finger as it goes along it’s way.

Copy the line it travelled in the dirt. If you have a piece of paper handy, copy the ant’s travel line on to the paper – marking the objects it had to go over, under and around.

Try this with a different creature. Which creatures are easiest to follow? Why?

Cloud Puffs

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On a lovely cloudy day, lie on the grass and watch the clouds go by. Do they remind you of an animal or an object?

When you find a shape you like, trace around it in the air with your finger. Can you remember it long enough to draw it in the dirt beside you with your finger?

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Add photography:  Take a photo of it before it changes.  When you go home print it out on the computer and trace around it’s shape with a marker.

Add painting:  Copy your shape onto a piece of paper and paint it. What colours will you need?

Chalk Drawing

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Find rocks and stones that make marks on the concrete, on pavers or on other rocks. These might be limestone, charcoal or tightly packed dirt.

What will you draw? How hard do you have to press? Which rocks draw more easily?

Variation:  Can’t find any stones that can write?  Use actual chalk!

Maybe outline your body and fill in the details?

Texture Hunt

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Find things in nature that are thick, thin, wavy, smooth, fuzzy, wiry, furry, scratchy, jagged, rough, knobbly, soft, hard, sharp, splintery, bumpy, slimy… or …..

Lay them out on the ground and describe them to family or friends.

Add photography:  Take a photo of the texture, print them out at home and turn them into a poster.

Add drawing:  Try to copy how the texture looks and draw it in the dirt or on a piece of paper.

Variation:  Theme your nature hunt using colour. For example look for items that are all brown….or purple.

Download our handy Texture Word Treasure Hunt Sheet