Making art with what you have is one of the most important 'lessons' I hope to instill on my monkeys. Really it translates to how to have overall happiness in life and keeps creativity flowing.
While we were in Colorado we had the opportunity to go for many walks in the forest. We often found fallen trees and so one day brought a hand saw with us to cut some branches. We also collected cattails, pine cones, twigs and rocks. No living things were harmed in our artistic process.
The original idea was to make nature mobiles using a few basic tools.
After collecting more branches then we could ever use we cut specific lengths:
My oldest monkey had the idea of making a marionette- instead of a mobile.
The monkeys had loads of fun sawing, hammering and tying knots.
They loved the final result:
This is what 'Steve' the marionette looks like sleeping, covered- in the mudroom:
Questions to consider while creating:
What materials are we using? Where do they come from? What kind of tree?
What is recycled art? Found object art?
Great opportunity to go over how to safely saw wood, hammer nails.
Could this be considered a sculpture? (yes- it is three dimensional art)
What is kinetic art and is this kinetic art? (sure- it moves and can be moved).Check out more than 20 other Farts and Crafts projects we've made.
What are your favorite Farts and Crafts to make using nature?