Andy Goldsworthy is an artist who makes his art using things he finds outside. Instead of creating with paintbrushes and paper, he uses leaves, berries, ice, rocks, and sticks. He once made a star out of icicles and used only his own saliva to seal them together! Andy Goldsworthy proves that you can make anything around you beautiful; all you need is your own creativity.
Fall leaves can be used as art supplies to create your very own modern art inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.
Step 1: COLLECT! Gather all the bright, colorful leaves you can find. For the purpose of this activity, the best option is to collect leaves that are a similar size and come from the same type of tree.
Step 2: SORT! This step is a great opportunity to teach toddlers about colors and older kids about different shades and color combinations. The process of sorting the leaves according to color is a great activity for young children, helping them visualize the difference between the shades. You can also use this time to point out the leaves’ attributes and classifications (i.e. maple, oak, etc.).
Step 3: ARRANGE! If you’d like to recreate the classic circular leaf collection like Andy Goldsworthy, arrange the leaves starting with a small circle made of the darkest leaf shade you have collected. Work outward, gradually incorporating the lighter shades of leaves until you have used all of your leaves.