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Mrs. Angela Mascolino » Nature Sculptures

Nature Sculptures

This is one of my favorite art challenges and I encourage everyone to give it a try. First, check out the amazing, temporary nature sculptures created by British artist, Andy Goldsworthy

 

Andy Goldsworthy stepped out of his art school studio classrooms and started creating sculptures using the materials and tools nature provided. His art studio and classroom became limitless, expansive landscapes, beaches and forests. In order to document his sculptures for his professors back at school, Andy photographed his temporary creations. The photographs are also art and continue to be a part of his process decades later. Andy purposefully invites nature to take over and often destroy his sculptures. He often will watch and document as that happens. Sometimes his sculptures float away or are covered over by tidal water. Numerous times a gust of wind will destroy his work while in progress. Other sculptures may stay intact during all four seasons. Why do you think the artist has chosen to place his fragile sculptures in precarious situations? 

 

Watch Andy Goldsworthy create one of his nature sculptures (YouTube video)

 

Your Challenge:

Andy Goldsworthy uses line, shape, color, contrast, balance and symmetry as well as asymmetry to create interesting, beautiful, thought provoking sculptures and photographs. He consciously decides how to arrange, build and balance his natural sculptures. He then photographs his creations from different angles. 

 

Go for a walk, hike or explore your own backyard. Gather natural items you find such as sticks, stones, leaves, pine cones and wild flowers. Choose a location for your sculpture. Begin to build. You may need to start over a few times. Once your sculpture is complete, photograph it from different viewpoints. Consider sketching your sculpture. This helps you to slow down and really appreciate what you have created. Andy also often does this. 

 

Email me at least one photograph of your sculpture. Include a description of your sculpture. What did you use? Where is your sculpture located? What types of lines, shapes and colors did you use? Does your sculpture have symmetry or asymmetry? What is the focal point or what stands out to you? What do you think will happen to it?

 

Types of lines: long, short, curved, bold, diagonal, vertical, dotted, horizontal, jagged, broken

Types of shapes: geometric, organic, irregular

Color descriptions: bold, dull, bright, warm, cold

Bilateral symmetry: A design in which the left and right sides of an organism or composition can be divided into mirror images of each other along the midline (eg. a butterfly)

Radial symmetry: Symmetry around a central axis, such as a snowflake

Asymmetry: Elements are not equally arranged 

Contrast: Opposite elements are placed side by side such as light and dark colors or rough and smooth textures

 

Additional Links: Create nature sculptures inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

 

An amazing local artist also inspired by nature, Ana England

 

Be safe and have fun!

Mrs. Mascolino