Art in Nature

Facility: Kortright Centre for Conservation
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Program Levels:
ESL, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8, Grades 9-12
Course Types:
Afternoon, Day Visit, Morning

Students create ephemeral art in a natural landscape and discover concepts in visual arts.

Kortright is the perfect setting for students to explore the world of ephemeral art: art made directly on the landscape using available natural objects.

pre-teen girls take part in education program at Kortright Centre

Students will experience hands-on contact with natural objects which leads to closer observation, a greater understanding of key visual arts concepts and students paying more attention to detail.

This style of art gives students an opportunity to express their creativity in a variety of ways and provides a level playing field for students who are less adept at traditional paper and pencil art.

Sometimes known as Earth Art, Land Art or Earthworks, teachers may want to explore the works of Andy Goldsworthy, Chris Drury, Richard Long, Alan Sonfist and other in preparation for their visit.

Programs always have an outdoor component. Groups should dress for the conditions on the day of their visit. Before your visit, please discuss the importance of dressing appropriately for outdoor activities. On days of inclement weather the program will be modified to include some indoor activities along with the outdoor components.

Teachers should bring a good camera to record students’ art installations.

Half Day, Year-round

Curriculum Connections:

  • Visual Arts
  • Life Systems