Andy Goldsworthy
"Land Art"

"Land Art" is a form of art that emerged in the 1960's, the crucial idea being working in and with nature."Seeing, feeling, the material, the location and the form are all intrinsically tied up in the development of my work" wrote Andy Goldsworthy, the Land Artist.

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Further material for this article.

Andy Goldsworthy - "Land Art I"

Creative painting with the Pelikan opaque paint box K12

Pupils' paintings

With this issue of Pelikan K12 - The Original we would like to present an exclusive lesson plan using this paint box based on Andy Goldsworthy's Land Art.

If you want to know more about the artist please have a look at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Goldsworthy

 

Programme for the Lesson Plan "Goldsworthy: Land Art"

"Land Art" is a form of art that emerged in the 1960's, the crucial idea being working in and with nature. This means that Land Art is an impermanent art form. Nature creates works of art that are immobile and exposed to the elements. They change with time and the process of change is part of the whole work of art. Some Land Art objects are of such large proportions that they can only be viewed from the air. These works of art are photographed to enable the observer to perceive them. When these objects are photographed at regular intervals, certain changes can be registered and above all, the progressive nature can be documented.

"Seeing, feeling, the material, the location and the form are all intrinsically tied up in the development of my work" wrote Andy Goldsworthy, the Land Artist in the forward of one of his photo collections. A high level of commitment is required from the pupils during the lesson, whereby not a single result is important but the sum of the various steps which together form an artistic process.

To begin with, the work of art is created out of doors, from natural materials such as stone and wood, and then photographed. Then, contrary to Goldsworthy, the pupils use the photos as a basis for a painted picture. The handling of the natural materials and the paintings that result, offer the pupils, especially those in their first years at school, a child-orientated introduction into working with the paint box.

It's so easy:

Load the materials packet "Goldsworthy: Land Art" down from the Internet. In addition you will need a camera to capture the works of art on film to copy from later. For Goldsworthy the illustration of his art was an important factor. Once he wrote: "Each piece of work is created, abides, and then withers - the photographs show the works at the zenith of their existence, in the moment when they are liveliest."

The introduction to the lesson should take place out of doors. Here many new materials can be discovered, new impressions made and works of art created. The task that follows consists of collecting new materials and arranging them. The subject of the picture is secondary as Goldsworthy is concerned more with the transience of his objects rather than a pleasant optical effect. However the pupils should be allowed to orient themselves on real objects. To this purpose it can be helpful to give them association aids ranging from keywords to picture cards or even a specific theme.

The picture cards "castle", "figure" and "animal" as possible association aids from the download "Goldsworthy: Land Art".

Discuss the forthcoming task with the pupils. The following points could be helpful:

  1. How can you paint pictures out of doors without a brush?
  2. What materials could be used?
  3. What should our work of art illustrate?
  4. Which association aids are needed?
  5. Should a specific theme be set, for example, thunder stoms?
  6. How will the work of art change in the course of time?
  7. Can certain colours or colour accents be put to use?
  8. Can the work of art be preserved?

 

 

 

Course of the lesson with an illustrated example

Picture card which helps the pupils to develop associations
  1. To begin with the pupils develop ideas for their artwork. If they have difficulty doing this, word or picture cards can give support.
  2. Picture cards which help the pupils to develop associations.
  3. The works of art are photographed.
Photograph of Land Artwork created by pupils.
  1. The resulting photographs are then used as a guide for transferring the motif onto paper using the opaque paint box.
A Land Art picture painted by a pupil using the Pelikan opaque paint box. The brilliant shades of the K/12 enhance the artistic effect of the painting in a very special way.

Tip: It is always important the children understand the task ahead of them! Develop your own lesson plan and combine it at will with the materials.

 

Possibilities of association

Offer your pupils association possibilities by downloading our word and picture cards. The children should then choose their inspiration for themselves: a word, a picture or nature.

 
Die Assoziations- und Wortkarten sollen den Schülern helfen erste Ideen zu entwickeln. Übrigens, in die leeren Felder können Sie eigene Bilder oder Wörter einfügen und Ihre Schüler so noch individueller unterstützen.
 

Pupils' work as reference material

At this point we would like to present a few pupils' pictures which you can also use in your lesson as reference material.

 
Association: picture card "figure"; Land Art & picture painted by a pupil
Association: picture card "figure"; Land Art & picture painted by a pupil
Assoziation: Word card "ghost", Land Art & picture painted by a pupil
Association: picture card "blowfish" & Land Art
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Association: picture card "figure" & Land Art
picture painted by a pupil
Association: picture card "castle", Land Art & picture painted by a pupil
 

About Andy Goldsworthy

Although little has been written on the life of Andy Goldsworthy much has been reported on his work and the resulting artistic objects.

 
  • 1956: Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire, England
  • 1974-78: Goldsworthy studied Art at the Bradford College from 1974 to 1975 and then at the Polytechnic in Preston from 1975 to 1978
  • 1986: Goldsworthy moves to Dumfreiesshire. To this day Scotland has remained his home.
  • 1995: Goldsworthy created the necessary installations for the Ballet "Végétal" which was staged in La Rochelle.
  • 2001: During the course of a year, Thomas Riedelsheimer from Munich filmed a documentary on Andy Goldsworthy in North America and Scotland with the title "Rivers and Tides"
  • 2003: The documentary "Rivers and Tides" was awarded the German Camera Prize 2003 for the best documentary film.
  • Heute Goldsworthy began as a student to concentrate on Land Art and he is still concerned with nature's materials today. Some of his works of art which only exist for a few hours are captured on film. Andy Goldsworthy has presented his works in Great Britain, France, Holland, Germany, Japan, the North Pole, in the Australian Outback and in the USA.