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Wild arts and crafts for autumn

Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year. The leaves on the trees are turning amazing colours, from bright yellows to russet reds and browns and everything in between. It’s enough inspire anyone to create something beautiful and artistic!

In fact, one creative soul – Andrew Goldsworthy – doesn’t just use the natural world for inspiration. It’s also his canvas, paint and pencils! He uses materials found in nature like leaves and twigs to create amazing natural sculptures that are eye-catching, and make you look at the world in a different way.

You can see more of his work by visiting the following websites:

We love a bit of landscape art, using the things you find in nature to create beautiful, strange and wonderful shapes, colours and patterns. Best of all, it’s free, you don’t need to bring anything with you, and you can do it anywhere! So if you’re out for a woodland walk, or have autumn trees in your school grounds or nearby, why not create some landscape art yourself?

We’ve got a few ideas to get you started.

Wild arts and crafts for autumn

1. Using leaves as a canvas

Collect some big dry autumn leaves from the ground, give them a wipe to make sure they are clean, and use them to paint on instead of using paper or canvas. You can created anything from pictures of your friends to pretty patterns. How about painting a picture of an autumn tree on an autumn leaf? Afterwards, you can put them together to make a display in your school.

2. Natural sculptures

Pick a feature such as a tree stump, puddle, fallen log or rock, and – using Andy Goldsworthy as inspiration – decorate it using natural materials such as coloured leaves and twigs to make it really stand out. Don’t forget to take a picture! If you do this with a group or class, you can make a art exhibition with the photos you take of your creations.

3. Faces in the woods

Don’t you somethings think that the natural shapes formed in tree bark and leaves can look a little like faces? We like to think they’re like nature spirits looking out for the natural world. Why not create your own nature spirits? Using mud, sticks, leaves and stones, you can create faces on tree trunks, on paths and in riverside mud.

Image courtesy of Valerii Tkachenko - Cityscape|Paris|raining autumn via Wikipedia
Image courtesy of Valerii Tkachenko – Cityscape|Paris|raining autumn via Wikipedia

Looking for a forest? 

Not sure where your nearest woods are? Check out the Forestry Commission website. It shows the locations of woods and forests across the UK and, even better, many of them have car parts, cafes and trail centres so you can spend the whole day exploring amongst the trees and creating art!

The Forestry Commission love autumn too, which isn’t a surprise! They’ve got loads of activities and events going on so you can join in and have fun in the woods. Check out their Autumn events page!

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