Nature Art at Summer 2013 Library Reading Program
STONES and CONES
Nearby Nature had so much fun visiting Eugene's three public libraries in July 2013! A total of more than 200 people -- from toddlers to grandparents -- enjoyed listening to stories and creating outdoor nature art INSIDE the library at our Stones and Cones presentations.
Thanks so much to all the great artists -- both kids and adults -- who participated in this fun activity. On this page, you can check out some of their wonderful creations.
So what did we do? First, kids used small natural art materials to create designs in sand-filled pictures frames. It's amazing what you can "paint" with shiny pebbles, small shells, green lichen, brown acorns, tiny cones, and flower seed pods. Some kids created their own pictures and others illustrated one of the stories we told, Mother Nature's Gift, which featured Sister Sun and Brother Rain.
Next, kids used larger natural materials -- bigger rocks, sticks, fir boughs, large cones, driftwood, and more -- to create fairy houses, gnome homes, and interesting pictures and designs, all on big green sheets on the floor. Fabric scraps and yarn added some extra fun to these creations. People of all ages got down on the "lawn" for this part of the program! It was so cool to see everyone, including lots of grown-ups, having so much fun playing with stones and cones!
We hope that the photos that follow will inspire YOU to create art in your own homes and yards! For a how-to description the projects we did during our visit, click here.
Artwork by Stones and Cones Participants