Thursday, 6 December 2012

Jump Into a Painting: Jump Into Nature




The Spark:
Have you ever looked at a work of art and wondered what it would actually be like to be there in that landscape?  Hiking through the wilderness, climbing mountains, canoeing, rafting or just sitting on a rock and enjoying the view are just some activities that come to mind.  This quest is going to take your imagination to far away places on a creative nature adventure that explores how we are connected to nature, how nature is connected to us and how we come together.  

It is a wonderful experience to visit an art gallery and see works of art first hand but if you can't get to a gallery then you can access landscape paintings through a simple computer search.  You need two copies, one will be your working copy and one will be a reflective copy that stays as it is.  This will be a reflective diptych, an ode to nature of sorts.

Materials:
Paint, brushes, glue, decorative paper or magazine images, natural materials, pencil crayons, scissors, and a picture of yourself.

Are you ready?  Get on your outdoor gear and get ready to jump into nature.  

Interested?
Are you interested in using your imagination and creative abilities to jump into a work of art and explore the amazing relationship that all living beings have with nature?  Then start your quest!  Your quest begins with the question WHY!

Start Your Quest:
Why:  To use artistic expression as a language that explores the interdependent relationship we have with the natural world.
What:  To create a diptych (an ode to nature) that brings to light how we come together with nature
Where:  In a nearby patch of nature and indoors
When:  As soon as you can get yourself organized
Who:  You, your family and friends
How:  Find out below.  It's a S.N.CH.!  Or is it??

Take Action:

Go out into nature (preferably wearing a superhero costume)
and have some take some action shots of you and then cut them out.

Print out two copies of a landscape painting that you would like to use as your background




   
collect natural materials to add to your work of art and get out your art supplies

EXAMPLE 1:  Artist-  Charles McGee  Nature Collage

EXAMPLE 2:  Nature Collage with magazine cutouts


Don't forget to layer all of the natural elements of nature onto your work of art such as your favourite landscape as the background, bird, insect, and critter images, other nature images, painted natural object, and finally, glue on the cut out picture of yourself!

Don't Stop Here:
Keep exploring and researching ways in which we work together with nature, how we connect, how we are dependant on one another.  This activity is a jumping off point that could light a spark to your interest in nature and, who knows, it may become one of your great passions in life.  Remember to email us with a hunch you may have and we'll do our best to get back to you.

Quest Check:
We are very interested in keeping you interested on your quest to learn more about nature so keep checking back with us on a regular basis to see if your interests match our quests!

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