Saturday, December 15, 2012

Creating in the style of Andy Goldsworthy (Part I)

We dedicate this post to those who lost their lives and those who are affected by the recent events in Newtown, Connecticut. Our prayers are with them.

The inspiration for this project came from looking and examining the "Land Art" by Andy Goldsworthy. His art was influenced by the American movement of the 1960s. Goldsworthy was aware of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jelly in the Great Salt Lake of Utah and Michael Heizer's Double Negative in Nevada. Goldsworthy's art, however, has an ephemeral character. His works don't last long, and this is the central focus in his art.

We are fortunate that our school is surrounded by beautiful trees. Our nature trail often becomes a site where ideas for projects are born. After learning how nature plays a big part in Goldsworthy's art, we decided to take a walk in our "little forest," and see if we could get an idea for a project by just collecting dead branches. Every student collected dead branches in zip lock bags.  One of the students had an idea of  using the branches to create trees. We all loved the tree idea and proceeded in creating our Goldsworthy trees.

Andy Goldsworthy

Working in separating the branches according to size and thickness  

Students used water colors for
the background paper

Our bodies participated in this project
Some of the thick branches had to be broken using our legs.

Students helping each other in placing and gluing the branches 

 The students who finished first were happy to assist  their fellow artists


  1. Very interesting the idea of using the branches to create trees !!!
    These days it could be decorated as an amazing Christmas tree !!!
    Happy Sunday and new week !!!

  2. Precious activities, good experimentation from a very original work. Greetings.

  3. My condolences to the parents of the children in the Newtown, Connecticut. My prayers are with them!
    Very beautiful idea your artwork, for Christmas tree!!Have a Marry Cristmas and a Happy new year!! Kales giortes!!Kisses from Greece.

  4. Hello, Chesterbrook Academy Elementary.

    I feel warmth in the heart, the soul.
    Wishing you all the Happiest of Holidays!

    Thank you for your kindness.
    ruma from Japan

  5. I love how you used those sticks. Greetings.

  6. amazing work... full of imagination... well done! (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! )

  7. Un saludo Navideño con el deseo que tenga un feliz y prospero año nuevo, cordialmente Rodisi

  8. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of joy with your loved ones. Leovi.

  9. Your students are so very lucky to have you as their teacher Marilena! What an exciting project and what fantastic results.

  10. “Happy New Year”
    “See you in 2013”
    Hugs ♥♥♥
    ”Camera Eye”&”Photo Haiku”

  11. (⁀‵⁀,) ✫✫✫
    .•°*”˜˜”*°•.✫✫✫ HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  12. Oh how wonderful! I hope to see more Goldsworthy inspired art in this new year. He is certainly a great inspiration.