Friday, August 21, 2009

A Little Weekend Challenge - Curbside Art

It's coming down to the last week of summer and of course the boys are bored out of their minds at this point. It takes a lot of my thought power to come up with creative things to do. Today we decided to make a little curbside art. I sent them off to collect little nature bits from around our house and then we set up little works of art on the curbs around our street. It kept the boys busy for awhile collecting and it was fun to see what they thought was interesting enough to add to our art. The residual cool part was that our neighbors would see our little installations as they came home from work and hopefully enjoy them too!

So, I challenge you to so the same thing this weekend. Collect little bits from the immediate area around where you live. Arrange them into some kind of art display on a curb or someplace where your neighbors might find it. Of course, take a photo or two. Post a link to your photo in the comments. I will post them here. I think it will be fun to see the different types of things people find from place to place.

While we were arranging, I happened to look up and see this heart shaped knot in the tree that I've never noticed before. I like to think that the tree was enjoying our art too!


Updated: I thought I'd help you out by showing you some curbside art we did back in July. I really love how the black pavement in the first shot adds texture and interest.

11 comments:

tara - scoutie girl said...

love this idea! what an excellent way to teach composition.

Amanda said...

Great, I love your curbside art, I did something like this one day when I was down at the park. Here's my version: http://blogs.oddsocks.net/ahunt/2009/06/14/a-tribute-to-andy-goldsworthyof-sorts/

katieCatherine said...

teach k-5 art. i did a huge unit on ephemeral art with the 5th graders. it was so much fun creating art outside using natural materials!! They got a kick out of seeing other people's reactions. Bravo!

Block Party Press said...

Thanks Tara!

So cool Amanda! Thanks for introducing me to Andy Goldsworthy! Is it OK to use a couple of your photographs in a future post? Let me know!

KatieCatherine - That is so cool. Got any pictures?

kim* said...

that is great! what artists they are, and so lucky to have you to give them the experiences that will last a life time.

VISART - DaLi Designs said...

You have so beautiful leaves there, we don't have as much.
Great pictures!

Vickie Hallmark said...

Fun! I need to go give it a try.

Jennifer Mullin said...

I am going to do this with my advanced art students on the first day of school to get them thinking about composition again. I'll post pics.

Block Party Press said...

Thanks Kim!

Thanks Visaart! I'm sure you could find something cool where you live!

Don't forget to send me a picture Vickie!

So cool Jennifer! I'd love to see what they come up with and share it on the blog!

Amanda said...

So sorry, didn't see your reply here. I'm glad you have used the pics and discovered Goldsworthy, he's just down your alley! He has a couple of clips of him working on youtube too. He's quite an amazing artist!

The Garden Bell said...

Wow. These are well worth a second look. Saw them on Flickr, but just love them mixed in with your blog. What fun you must have lining all these treasure up. I know I do. He-He..

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