Sun Made Copies of Awesomeness

This looks like a fantastic project to do now that the sun is finally shining!

I think I’ll do it with the 3rd grade as a cover for their art portfolios. I’ll post a picture when they’re complete.

that artist woman is responsible for this awesome piece of work, click on her name for the details of a nature lesson using sun print paper to create a cyanotype.

Art in nature? 
1. Explore landscape photography and artwork

Introduce students to the work of environmental photographer Ansel Adams. Discuss the different characteristics of the earth that he portrayed in his photos – climates, terrains, etc. If your art room possesses a digital camera, take students around the school and let them take pictures of the immediate outdoors. Next, students can use these photos as inspiration for drawings or paintings. If you don’t have school cameras, let students come up with imaginary landscapes, or work from existing landscape photos.
2. Create nature art prints
Even the youngest of elementary students can take part in this simple printmaking lesson. Collect nature objects, such as a variety of leaves in many shapes, and bring back to the art room. Demonstrate how to ‘ink’ and print the leaf, to show the texture and details of each leaf. Have students compare the different kinds of leaves, talk about their characteristics and learn the differences between many types of trees. Clay impressions and crayon rubbings can also be created with leaves gathered in nature.
3. Study how ‘trees’ are represented by artists
While focusing this art lesson on a single theme – ‘trees’ – show students the artwork of many artists, who all interpret the image of a tree differently, in their own styles. (Check out Vincent Van Gogh, Gustav Klimt’s “Tree of Life,” Mondrian’s early work, etc.) Later, elementary students can paint a tree in their own unique style.
4. Create sculptures made from the earth
Introduce elementary art classes to the work of environmental artist Andy Goldsworthy. Goldsworthy works outdoors, using the natural objects he finds around him, to create sculptures right on the ground – essentially making the ‘earth’ his ‘museum!’ Take students outside for this art lesson, and let them create rocks, sticks, leaves and other natural objects. They can create their sculptures outdoors, or being them back to the art room.

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