Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.John 1:3
It really is a wonderful thing when nature combines with art. Creating our own little masterpiece out of God’s own unique designs. The odd shaped crinkly leaves, the round spiky seed pods, the blended colours of a flower left behind on the ground. Nature and art. Art and nature. They really should go hand in hand, yet we don’t often see artworks or even art lessons in the classrooms that encourage students to get exploring outside and creating using natural materials.
In the words of Penny Whitehouse,
After a long walk collecting fallen nature items with my sons, I found myself sitting in the yard with them, mindlessly moving around seed pods and leaves. Out of habit my hands formed them into tiny little insects, all marching along our concrete deck. I thought about how collecting nature and making art would have been a really nice lesson for my students (back when I was teaching pre-kids). But then motherhood called and those little collaged insects were soon swept into the grass by the wind.
Months later an idea started to form from a memory of that afternoon – why not use insect clipart I had created years ago as a sort of nature art prompt for teachers?
And thus, Gumnuts & Grace Studios was born.
Nature Art Prompts
The first in a line up of many nature and art templates are my insect prompts.
This resource includes 3 different versions:
*Grayscale body of insect
*Blackline head and legs (no body) and
*Blackline head only
And there are 7 insects in total making 21 different printable options! Students will love collaging these templates with cut up pieces of nature, using them as a prompt to create their own marvellous insect body and so much more. A great way to combine science and art using natural materials.
Hope you all have a peaceful week,