From nature, within nature: inspired by Goldsworthy (June 2014)

For this great summer art project, the children spent time gathering natural materials to create their own artworks, from nature, within nature.

The children worked together with the rest of their group (one group aged 3-4, the other aged 5-8) to create large circular ‘mandala’ patterns.

DSCF0954 Afterwards, some of the older set went on to make their own small sculptures, inspired by the setting and the materials they discovered there. One girl decorated a tree trunk with daisies. Another made a line of sticks following a crack in the ground. Other children used leaves and sticks to create tent-like structures.

The work they created was inspired by the art of Andy Goldsworthy, a British artist who has created art all over the world, using only natural materials.

Andy Goldsworthy

Goldsworthy chooses a location and then takes all his materials from there – stones, twigs, mud, snow, feathers, leaves, flowers, water, grass etc. before creating a sculpture within the landscape. When it is finished, he photographs it and then leaves it to return to nature.

Goldsworthy uses no glue, paint or any kind of fixatives, instead he sews and ties with grasses, pins leaves together with thorns, and uses water, mud or snow to attach materials together.








  1. Dear Hannah,

    These are wonderful works of nature art. Would you mind if I used the top photo in a blog post about nature connection activities? I would be happy to give you credit for the image. Please let me know.

    Thank you!

    • Hi Julie!
      You’re more than welcome to use the image – please just include a link to my blog post so that people can view the original.
      I’m looking forward to seeing your post.

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