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Artist/Naturalist Andy Goldsworthy

Artist/Naturalist Andy Goldsworthy
Artist/Naturalist Pages Andy Goldsworthy 1956 - Andy Goldsworthy is a brilliant British artist who collaborates with nature to make his creations. Besides England and Scotland, his work has been created at the North Pole, in Japan, the Australian Outback, in the U.S. and many others Goldsworthy regards his creations as transient, or ephemeral. "I enjoy the freedom of just using my hands and "found" tools--a sharp stone, the quill of a feather, thorns. "Looking, touching, material, place and form are all inseparable from the resulting work. "I want to get under the surface. "Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I I try to tap through my work. "The underlying tension of a lot of my art is to try and look through the surface appearance of things. Note 1: Books by Andy Goldsworthy include A Collaboration with Nature; Stone;Wood; Passages, and others. top of page Return to Artist/Naturalist Index Related:  Art Installations

A Sampling of Kids' Earth Poems 1 CONNECTED TO OUR MOTHER If you understand Nature, The deer will eat from your hand. The sun makes the plants, Animals eat the plants, The humans eat the animals, and Earth needs the humans to take care of it. So you see, as you stare into the endless sky, we live from our Mother Gaia's birth, and if you understand Nature, The deer will eat from your hand. And we all, plants, animals, humans, are children of the Earth. Maria Domeier,gr. 5, Red Wing, MN a faded blue day a soft worn sky like an old pair of jeans, light and then lighter clouds pushed and pulled, trees trying to touch them, a day just for lying on green grassy carpets with flowers around me, my arm for a pillow the colors of summer are bright but still mellow, the feel and the sound are the same but still new aloneness and oneness with all things in nature, and the sky, and this day. Jenny Prosser, gr 10, Stillwater,MN Ben Wurtman, gr 6, Apple Valley, MN Hear the heart pound against the Earth's floor!

Andy Goldsworthy - changing exhibit The son of a professor of applied mathematics, Goldsworthy was working as a farm laborer by the age of 13, so he did not take a direct path to studying large-scale fine art. Today, his diverse experience enriches his art. “When I began working outside, I had to establish instincts and feelings for nature: some I had never had, while others I had not used since childhood,” he remembers. Goldsworthy values change in himself as well.

Connecting Kids with Nature using Land Art by Joanna Pritchard [Ed. note: this article is part of our series of weekly family activities called Family Fun, published on Fridays] Andy Goldsworthy, Rowan Leaves and Hole Did someone paint these leaves? Richard Shilling, Leaf Fade The work with fall leaves is particularly stunning, and yet a very simple concept which our family has enjoyed imitating in our limited way, both in our backyard and further afield. Supplies Needed: Backyard/local park/woodland area with fallen leaves or other natural objects Instructions Look at these pictures with your children, and search for more by typing “Andy Goldsworthy” into Google Images. Children need to mess around in nature Let your children be the artists – try not to overly script their creativity. Kids (and Grown-Ups) Need to Mess Around in Nature The project appeals to children because of the simple pleasure involved in following the shapes and colors of nature and using their hands and imaginations to create something new. Go Deeper

How to Create Land Art - Rediscovered Families photo: Muséum de Toulouse on Flickr Land art is easy and fun and can be done by anyone. Basically it involves making sculptures and art from things you might find in nature, such as pebbles, rocks, twigs, sand, pine cones, shells, seed heads, leaves. Creating land art provides the opportunity for your family to Learn about nature; explore its wonders, and develop a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of creation and your place within it.Get outside and away from technology for a while.Exercise your creativity and imagination. But best of all it will help you s-l-o-w down the pace of life and enjoy some time in the fresh air as a family. photo: Collen Proppe on Flickr You will need Your imaginationA camera is nice, but not necessary.Somewhere to explore: a park, the woods, a beach, or even your backyard. Instructions Explore your chosen location. Although you will be working on this project together, I would strongly encourage you to let your children take the lead. Safety First

Ephemeral Art By Raleigh-Elizabeth. Before the snow comes and the leaves fade away, British land artist Richard Schilling sets off into the outdoors to make art from the natural beauty all around him. Leaves become stained glass, icicles become sculpture. “There is a point a sculpture reaches where it is at its most vibrant and it is then that I take the pictures, and it is often just before it completely falls apart,” Schilling said in an interview. His creations remind me so much of growing up. What are your favorite moments of momentary beauty? Christo Wraps the Ordinary World CHRISTO & JEANNE CLAUDE(died November 18, 2009) June 13, 1935-both born on the same day-different countries Christo was born in Bulgaria and Jeanne Claude in Morocco. Environmental works of art. (Reichstag in Berlin) (Pont-Neuf bridge Paris) THE RUNNING FENCE (Sonoma-Marin Counties) "That could stay, not forever, because we believe that nothing exists that is forever, not even the dinosaurs, but if well maintained, it could remain for four to five thousand years. 1. "The work of art is a scream of freedom." "The freedom of every artist is essential." 2. "It appears to be monumental only because it's art." 3. "But the drawings are not created only to be sold." 4. Christo's Shoes 5.

Christo Self Portraits Art history students were given the assignment of creating their own self portraits based on Christo's self portrait. Emphasis on "the purity of form", "Conceptual Art", "Performance Art" The students used "edmodo" a student/teacher based website for lessons/student work. As a teacher, I created an example in class along with a student. The students received 100 points for their contributions. Teacher self- portrait Teacher and student self-portrait examples Backyard ART Camp: Andy Goldsworthy by Simple Things Notebook... - Buzzmills today for backyard art camp I am delighted to introduce dawn from simple things notebook. dawn's project is inspired by the artist andy goldsworthy. andy goldsworthy was a new artist to me. as a result, I am particularly delighted to have this project included in backyard art camp. goldsworthy is very inspired by nature and his artwork really honors nature...one of his big things is balancing rocks and creating art with nothing but what is available in nature. in my opinion, children do this more naturally than anyone else and so I suspect kiddos are going to go nuts for this project. I love learning alongside my kids and I can't wait to do this project with them...

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The way he incorporates nature and involves no expectations of it surviving for a long period of time is what draws my attention. I found a resource that quotes Golsworthy describing his work: why, how, and where he creates his work. This quote below is one that stood out the most to me.

“Movement, change, light, growth and decay are the lifeblood of nature, the energies that I I try to tap through my work. I need the shock of touch, the resistance of place, materials and weather, the earth as my source. Nature is in a state of change and that change is the key to understanding. I want my art to be sensitive and alert to changes in material, season and weather. Each work grows, stays, decays. Process and decay are implicit. Transience in my work reflects what I find in nature.” by sydneyh Nov 25

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