Take your class or a small group on a walk in the playground or in a nature area. Ask them to feel and touch things around them.
How many textures can you touch?
- Soggy decomposing leaves
- Lacy skeleton leaves
- Silky flower petals
- Tickly lichen
- Flexible grasses
- Rough tree roots
- Furry moss
- Rigid bark
- Brittle twigs
- Prickly pine needles
- Smooth flower buds
- Crumbly rotten wood
- Waxy evergreen leaves
- Gritty soil from a mole hill
- Sticky horse chestnut buds
Environmental artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and Chris Drury use natural woodland materials to build and create 3D art and sculpture in the woods.
Why not build your own twig tower sculpture under a tree…?
Gather some twigs, ready to create your twig tower. It could have a square base, a triangular base or be of your own design.
The best place to build the tower would be beneath a tree as you can try to build the tower up to the lower branches.
If there’s a very low branch then you could build around it so that the branch becomes part of your sculpture.
You could also use a tree trunk as support.