Art and Nature
Art & nature have always gone together.
Use these sites to stimulate new ideas.
Why Nature and Art?
Marghanita Hughes perspective on how nature and art can foster a deep love for the natural world.
Nature art can be infused beautifully into all other subjects in the curriculum. Marghanita believes there is a no more formative age for instilling a deep love of the natural world than childhood.
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"Art takes nature as its model." – Aristotle
Jean Van't Hul has assembled lots (and lots!) of interesting nature art activities for kids. Everything from drawing leaves to art with rocks.
The Incredible Weather of Arizona
Bryan Snider created this documentary film and photo essay highlighting the fascinating weather of the 2014 Arizona Monsoon season. Thru time lapses, video and photographs, Bryan talks about the incredible beauty of Arizona and Arizona weather. He also has a blog entry with additional details on this video.
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Wynita Harmon, elementary art teacher in Plano, TX, shows how your students can make nature-inspired art. Students can find natural items and create art with them or sketch outdoors. If your students have access to a camera or cell phone, photographing outside can be a fun choice as well. Wynita looks at examples from 9 different artists.
The National Park Service's Web site can be a great resource when looking for nature and art ideas. It offers extensive photos, multimedia and more for hundreds of national monuments, parks, preserves, memorials, trails and scenic areas.
Check out their "Find A Park" and "Kids & Teachers" areas. Use images of a nearby park or monument to stimulate interest.