In my last post I talked about different family painting projects you could do outside.
Outdoor art can be more than just painting, though!
For example, try these ideas:
- Decorate your bikes. Use balloons, streamers, handlebar bling, pipe cleaners and colored straws, faux flowers – whatever you can find. Have a neighborhood parade and judge winners in these categories: best theme, most colorful, most original.
- Create a nature collage using sticks, stones, shells, leaves, etc.
- Create a nature sculpture using Play-Doh or a hot glue gun.
- Create a nature mobile; you may need to drill a hole in some items so they can be hung. Others may just be tied.
- Create ground art – use natural elements and make a picture on the ground. Take a picture of the finished work, which can be as big or as small as you like.
- Make a pet rock by painting a face on it.
- Make leaf rubbings: place some leaves vein-side up on a flat surface. Cover the leaves with paper. Color or pencil over the leaves. You can also roll paint on the leaves with a small roller and make prints on paper.
- Take pictures outside with a digital camera. Make a scrapbook, put together a photo essay, or frame the best ones.
- Make bird seed ornaments using this recipe (http://www.saltwater-kids.com/2010/12/thrifty-gifts-bird-seed-ornaments-for.html) and a cookie cutter or other mold. (These make great gifts, too!)
- Bring a notebook outside and journal your experiences. Draw a map of your hike route. Sketch animals you see. Write a story using things you’ve seen outside.
- Just lie back and watch the clouds roll by. What pictures do you seen in the clouds?
What ideas do you have for outdoor art?
Remember, you can win a limited-edition Summer Daze 2012 t-shirt and an art-related prize in our photo contest. Simply post a photo or photos on our Facebook page (The Warrenville Park District) or send it to me at email@example.com by Sept. 15, 2012. Let’s get creative out there!