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The Natural World as Inspiration: An Outdoor Art Show
From sticks and leaves to flowers and dirt, kids love to explore the outdoors. In this activity, children examine the contents of their yards or playgrounds for materials that they can incorporate into an art project. When finished creating, they can write “artist’s statements” about their pieces and hang them up on clotheslines, fences, or porches for an outdoor art gallery walk.
By investigating their surroundings to find the perfect materials for their art pieces, children will have to practice making decisions, gathering and evaluating items to determine which ones will work best together. When they write their artist’s statements, they will have the opportunity to think about what their artwork means to them or why they like it and why they chose certain materials. These practices help children learn critical thinking skills such as analysis, synthesis, and judgment.