Natural art

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By Hilary WhiteEducational writer

Explore your outdoor surroundings and use found materials to make simple and effective art


Selection of feathers

In this article:

  1. Pavement collage
  2. Decorative weavings
  3. Cross-curricular activities

Pavement collage

Use natural items to make outdoor patterns and pictures

Creative Development – Exploring Media and Materials

Development matters: Begin to combine movement, materials, media or marks (22–36 months); Use ideas involving fitting, overlapping, in, out, enclosure, grids and sun-like shapes (40–60+ months).

Early learning goal: Explore colour, texture, shape, form and space in two or three dimensions.

What you need

Baskets for gathering items; a collection of natural items, such as pebbles, leaves and feathers; outdoor surfaces for making the collage, such as a patio or lawn; a digital camera.

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