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Art and Music Outdoors
Children and adults love and enjoy all forms of expressive arts outside. Many practitioners believe that an arts-based approach to learning and teaching in all curriculum areas is highly satisfying and motivating for children. Here’s the blog posts that I think fit well into this approach:
The Felt and Wool Posts
Very simple, wet outdoor activity
A great outdoor art project for all ages
The ultimate environmentally friendly solution
Combining ziplock bag felting into the process seems to work nicely
A walking art activity inspired by the work of Yuli Somme, a felt maker
Creating felt insoles for winter warmth
A must-do fundraising textile project for all ages
A simple way of making portable mats for sitting on, using heritage breeds of wool
A community approach to creating a “tree cosy”
Collecting and admiring the beauty of litter
More ideas, especially art ones for using stones
An arty activity in the snow
Stencils, sprays and syringes and using them outside
And it’s not even Christmas. This works well throughout winter.
What to do with non-native sitka saplings
Combining art and maths on a wet weather day to explore and create symmetrical patterns from nature
Developing your school grounds
KapKa’s school grounds and its artwork
Some very creative and open-ended examples from Fraserburgh North School
Explore shape, position and movement in different ways through designer playground markings created by Simon and Tom Bloor
How to brighten up a school grounds with a bit of paint and artwork
Creating sculptures for your outdoor space using recycled wood off-cuts, Perspex, CDs and a lot of imagination
An interactive old-fashioned mural, designed for stimulating imaginative and dramatic play.
An Elmer the Elephant approach to decorating wooden posts at an Australian primary school.
Sometimes less is more. Very simple mural that brightened up an old building in the Czech Republic
Another simple approach to mural making… but with added complexity!
Give Your Ugly Fence a Makeover
These posts celebrate efforts to hide ugly fencing or make it more interesting in some way.
Robust fence art that can withstand any weather
Ideas for using fences
More fab ideas from Inverallochy School
Shared play through a big fence
Beautiful fence displays
Fraserburgh South Nursery fence gets a huge makeover
More than just fences and so worth a look!
Using public art as inspiration for other activities
Outdoor literacy at its best
Where symmetry begins
Using wordplay and sculptures to explore a local area
A random act of discovery
The Lakeland Panorama in Morecambe, challenging play for everyone
When public art and play features come together on an accessible woodland walk. Great ideas for transferring to other places such as school grounds
Bird songs, poems, quotes and sayings that are set in stone to make reading a creative process
More birds, games and sculptures that help people interpret and enjoy the local area and the bird life.
A transient art project based in a woodland damaged by storms. Very evocative.
A mighty earth bagged mosaic play feature at Glamis Adventure Playground, London
Take a bag of sand and use it any place, anywhere
From landforms to landscapes. Lessons from the Lady of the North
Beech folklore used as inspiration for public art and school children’s writing
One pansy. One play. One photo. One act of homophobic or transphobic abuse is quietly acknowledged. Please support this guerrilla gardening arts project by Paul Harfleet.
An iconic steel sculpture by Andy Scott – the stuff of legends, history and the Scottish heartland.
Anthony Gormley’s Another Place sculpture is a useful catalyst for thinking about migration.
Andrea Stevenson’s account of visiting the chalk horse and how her children were inspired to create their own
Sense Scotland project involving walks around Aberdeen and mapping the experience in a different way – using beach balls
The Barry Island typographic traversing wall created by Gordon Young provides inspiration for playground climbing features
An nature-art approach to learning about and exploring the properties of 2D shapes
Inspiration for leaf art from Alan Kain’s Go2Play session
When you see vandalism and all you have is a bag of clay
Clay worms for leaving outside
an Autumn nature jigsaw
Creating plant structures from loose parts to make a creative display
An essential item when working with natural materials outside
The brilliant dance of potential when nature is used to explore maths and art concepts. Just sit down and play! Perfect for the beach or sand pit.
A simple follow-up activity to help children remember an outdoor experience or walk and to celebrate autumn
Wow! This is a lovely development on the concept of nature art. Clever addition of salt to clay is worth experimenting with.
Various art ideas
Never has long threads and textures been so appealing. Lots of ideas from different EY settings.
An indoor makeover of a school canteen at Inverallochy School
Beautiful displays to make your mouth water from Durham EY Outdoors Conference
How to make the perfect Pace Egg
An interdisciplinary art, design and writing project
Go miniature and pay attention to the detail in a small world
An alternative outdoor calendar of sorts
Exploring pattern outside
Whilst this is a technical craft activity, the decorations and arguably the design can be handed over to one’s inner artist!
Using this iPad programme to explore place outdoors
Photo Booth provides an alternative way of investigating an capturing shadows
Exploring the art of kaleidoscopic symmetry
Using a notepad app to observe features in the landscape
The art of rock balancing – suitable for all ages
Create a little dazzle-dazzle outside with these weatherproof dance resources.
Celebrate our environment through a children’s art project.
big steel pans outdoors from a secondary school in Aberdeen
Some thoughts on music outdoors
Beautiful bespoke big instruments
Ideas around siting musical instruments outdoors
A great project for all ages, not just nursery
Ideas and suggestions for using puppets outside. Check out the link to the video clip. It’s inspirational!
Juliet runs introductory outdoor expressive arts courses that look at how to implement Curriculum for Excellence through an outdoor arts-based approach. Please contact her for more information.