I love the work by landscape artist Andy Goldsworthy. It really draws together two things that I love… nature and art. This piece of art was parcially inspired by Goldsworthy.
I absolutely loved working on this art piece with a lovely group of children (aged 4-8). It was wonderful to get their input in how the art should look and it was amazing to see their respect for the work they were creating.
I wanted the children to be able to get on and create and not to spend the majority of our time collecting resources to make our art. I collected a load of leaves, sticks the day before and raided our home of all collections of cones, conkers, acorns etc… and also asked others to bring along some resources.
We began by raking out the area so we could begin work. We then created the shape of the star and the heart.
The children soon became interested and got creative with the leaves, cones etc… One of the children suggested we added an I, so the picture became ‘I love stars’
The small star was especially susceptible to being knocked and had to be re-made many times. It was lovely to see that whenever it got knocked one of the children would rush to fix it.
We gave the ground a final rake before our piece was finished, this really helped create a good contrast between the ground and the art.