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Nature As A Work Of Art

The use of natural materials to create art was introduced to the children in Senior Kindergarten as they viewed some beautiful pieces of land art created by the British artist, Andy Goldsworthy. “He’s the perfect artist for me. Wow!  He’s very creative!” – J.

The children were transfixed. Materials they had collected themselves during walks in the ravine with their Grade 2 Learning Buddies were placed near a simple sheet of brown paper.  The children began to create. What surprised us was that one child created The Globe – a representation of William Shakespeare’s famous theatre, which she had only recently learned about.We also noticed that this medium so inspired one child, that he asked to share his sculpture with the group’ something that had not happened before.Yet again, we saw that children deepen their own understanding and learning through the use of many different materials, a key principle in the Reggio philosophy.

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