Nature Art

I began teaching Nature Art at the Avenue Road Arts School in the summer of 2015, and it immediately became clear to me that this was my niche. In Nature Art we practice traditional artistic skills like drawing from life, and learn about historical and contemporary artists who have been inspired by nature.  We work with natural materials, going on neighbourhood walks to collect plant materials, and learning basic plant identification. Students in this course also learn to explore nontraditional materials and methods (like microwaves, orange peels, or freshly brewed tea), and begin to consider how to be an environmentally friendly artist - working with biodegradable materials for outdoor projects, learning where their materials come from, and considering local wildlife and water systems. 

Featured Project: Van Gogh-inspired sunflower collage

Over three sessions, students examined their sunflower specimens closely, drew and painted from life, and discussed perspective, proportion, form, and colour. We dissected, named, and pressed sunflower parts, created a textural resist, painted with tea, and collaged with our pressed plant materials. The stunning results certainly show off their hard work and newfound expertise!

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