Land art is art constructed in the landscape using natural, raw materials found in the surrounding environment. I love land art not just for children, but for adults as well. It requires patience, focus and creativity. There doesn’t need to be a lot of direction, either. Land artist, Richard Shilling, lists six simple steps for creating land art with your kids:
Some children might be frustrated when the leaves are blown away or the shells wash away with the waves. I encourage you to use it as a teachable moment. I recently discovered an interview with Shilling in which he talks about the ephemeral nature of his medium. He said, “Life creates order and beauty from raw materials and then nature returns everything back to dust once again.” We know that the “life” and “nature” he is referring to is God Himself. And just like with the changing seasons, there is a beauty in the cycle of life.
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