This week, we went on a long nature hike and collected any nature we thought we pretty. Then we pressed it into clay to make beautiful nature collages.
What We Did
For week three of the ‘Connect With Nature Through Art’ class, we went on our longest nature hike yet. Everyone really seemed to enjoy observing and collecting various things for our collages. We collected lots of flowers, tiny pebbles, pine needles and oddly shaped sticks. The walk took about an hour because we took our time. This class isn’t just about art, it is also about connecting with nature.
We used clay, wax paper, water and the nature we collected on our hike to make nature collages. First, we rolled a medium- sized slab of clay into a smooth ball. Each ball was about 3 inches in diameter. We poured water on our fingers and rubbed it on the clay to make the ball nice and smooth. Then, we flattened each ball on a 1 foot square of wax paper so that it was no more than 1/8th of an inch high.
Now, for the funnest part! We got the top of our slab wet with a little bit of water and started pressing in the nature pieces we found.
What We Learned
We learned a lot during this class. We spoke about symmetry and patterns. We looked at nature collages by artist Travis Bedel. We even spotted a butterfly and saw it close enough to notice the symmetry on its wings.
Travis Bedel is a mixed media collage artist who uses nature to make anatomical collages of the human body. He has made many collages with flowers, sticks and other things you can find in nature. I felt like his work was perfect for what we were learning because he also uses nature and most of his collages have many patterns and are great examples of symmetry in art and nature.
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The Fun We Had
One of the girls really seemed to enjoy pointing out the patterns and symmetry we passed on our nature hike. The other two didn’t seem to interested in looking for patterns and symmetry. So when we passed a pretty bush with a beautiful butterfly perched on a branch, I was really excited. All three of them got really excited to see it. We spent at least 10 minutes watching it flap its wings from one flower to the next. After that the girls really started to enjoy their walk.
We also spotted a really pretty hummingbird on a bush that was right behind the one with the butterfly. It was blue and flapped its wings so fast, you couldn’t even see them. I had never seen a hummingbird that close before. We were no more than 3 or 4 feet away. I was unable to get a photo of the hummingbird before it flew away, but the butterfly didn’t seem to mind us, so we got lots of pictures of it.
I do have photos of our actual projects, but my camera is out of town right now. I will post the photos of our collages as soon as I get it back. Until then, I added photos of our nature hike, including the butterfly.
Travis Bedel/ Tumblr- http://bedelgeuse.tumblr.com/
Anatomical Collages By Travis Bedel/ Colosal- http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2014/03/anatomical-collages-by-travis-bedel/
I was a nanny for over ten years. Now, I make homemade toys and write full time. Occasionally, I work at my local schools and provide back- up child care for some parents I used to work for and for my church's nursery. I am multi-talented and loves to paint, draw, crochet, write and sew.