Nature Art Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

Through this lesson plan focused on nature art, students will explore the ephemeral land art sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy and will create their own land art sculptures. In addition, students will photograph their sculptures to preserve them.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Create sculptures using natural objects
  • Explain their choices of materials related to their sculptures
  • Describe the sculptures of Andy Goldsworthy as a model of nature art
  • Photograph their art


45-60 minutes multiple days

Curriculum Standards

National Core Art Standards: Artistic Processes

Students will generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Students will convey meaning through presentation of artistic work.
Students will perceive and analyze artistic work.

Please note that each state has different standards for (SUBJECT). Please consult your state's standards to ensure proper alignment.

Materials Needed

  • Projector or SmartBoard
  • Images of sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy (available online)
  • Found materials to use for natural sculptures
  • Digital cameras


  • Land art
  • Site-specific art
  • Ephemeral

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