Earth Art: Nature Art Projects for Kids Ages 8-to-14 and Their Creative Adults

Earth Art: Nature Art Projects for Kids Ages 8-to-14 and Their Creative Adults

by Susan Caplan McCarthyt


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Earth Art offers kids and preteens nearly a hundred hands-on activities for making nature art and improving their creative skills. Although they aren't limited to using nature as the subject matter of their art; pets, plants, trees, backyard wild animals, and landscapes are everywhere, providing kids with endless focuses for their creations.

Chapters on drawing, painting, printmaking, and photography not only describe specific nature and art projects but also teach individuals ages 8-to-14 techniques that they can carry over to any type of art that they want to create.

Kids also learn how to make and then keep a nature journal that will improve their observation skills while giving them a record of where they've been and what they've seen. A chapter on nature crafts inspires kids to create projects that they can use to decorate their room or to give as gifts.

Kids also learn how to bring art into nature by creating 'earth art' or 'land art' that uses natural materials such as leaves, twigs, rocks, and seashells to create sculptures and pictures wherever they are. By producing this type of art and leaving it for others to find in yards, parks, fields, and forests, kids and preteens get the opportunity to share their creativity with others.

Introductory information explains what art supplies to look for, how to combine colors, what to do with completed art projects, as well as how kids and preteens can evaluate their artwork in constructive ways.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781539633983
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/19/2016
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Susan Caplan McCarthy has taught for the state-based conservation organization Mass Audubon since 1997. She has worked with school kids and homeschool children on field trips, day campers from ages four-to-fourteen, and preschool and elementary school-age children during classroom presentations.

While some of the classes are indoors, the majority involve teaching in an outdoor classroom, Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, a 2000-acre suburban wildlife sanctuary twenty-five miles south of Boston. Although she often follows framework-based lesson plans (some which she helped to create), she finds that there are always those in-between moments while walking along the trails when a game or two helps to keep kids engaged with their surroundings.

McCarthy has taught workshops for the American Camp Association (ACA) and the Massachusetts Environmental Education Society (MEES).

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