Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year! Seeing all the changing colors and the falling leaves always seems to make me think of popular artist Andy Goldsworthy. Now is a great time to go outdoors and make some art! It may be a temporary masterpiece that will be swept away by the wind, or waters, or you may bring some leaves and weeds inside and create a beautiful display for your home! Below I have provided steps to some simple projects you may embellish and I hope they inspire you in your art making this autumn season.
I first want to encourage you to go to your local library and research Andy Goldsworthy. You will see many of his works and may be inspired to make your own project or outdoor display. When I was in college I created my own inspired leaf sculpture. It was a neat little figurine that I called a fall fairy and it was made completely of leaves, sticks, and mud. If you choose to make a completely natural project that will be wiped away with the weather don't forget to photograph it! See some of my photography tips here.
In today's Internet ran world it is easy to find do-it-yourself projects, but here are a couple of projects I like. As I said, these, and variations with other tips and ideas, may be easy to find with a quick Internet search.
Autumn Leaf Dish
You will need:
Fresh colored leaves
Bowl or dish of your choice
Glue or Mod Podge (for an all-natural project, try a homemade flour paste)*
First prepare your dish by covering the outside with plastic wrap. Carefully paint on your leaves, using generous amounts of glue. You may complete in just one layer, or you may use more leaves. After all the leaves are in place, add another coat of glue. Allow the dish to dry overnight and then carefully separate your leaf creation from the dish.
*I have not experimented with too many types of glue, nor have I tried the flour paste. Mod podge will probably give you the sturdiest results.
Leaf Collage for Kids
You will need:
Fresh or pressed colorful autumn leaves
Ribbons, scrap material, glitter and other embellishments (optional)
This is a very simple project for kids of all ages. You may glue down leaves in various ways. Make sure children cover the entire paper, they may make designs or arrange randomly. This would be a great project to introduce an artist like Goldsworthy and let them research natural art. For young kids, this provides an excellent opportunity to talk about the changing seasons. Fabric pieces may be incorporated with other embellishments as well. These simple collages may even make for a beautifully framed autumn decoration in your home.
If you are worried about your leaves browning, you may try drying fresh leaves with drying beads or by folding them in a paper towel and microwave for 5 to 10 seconds depending on leaf size and freshness. However, dried leaves can be more difficult to work with as they are very fragile.
Don’t forget to check out local fall events and activities! There have been plenty of Fall Festivals and other events in the area to enjoy, but there are more to come: Hampton's Greenhouse, Pumpkin Patch & Corn Maze in Marshfield and Campbell's Maze Daze in Clever are still open for a few more days. Visit the Events Calendar to see all types of events coming up this holiday season!
Enjoy the beautiful fall air and happy art making!