Grade Level

9-10, 11-12


12-15 classes, 45 minutes


Materials will vary depending on student, emphasis on materials from nature


Mixed media

Lesson Objectives

Students will…
Create a piece of environmental sculpture in their own (or school environment).
Students consider relationships between the environment and their sculpture.
Understand the purpose of environmental art

Introductory Activity

View the work of Andy Goldsworthy, Christo, and Land Art (also known as Earth Art). Also consider historic sites like Stonehenge and Easter Island, even cairns.
Talking Points: Why would the artist create something like this? Is it aesthetically pleasing? What do you think was the artist’s meaning or message? How will time change these pieces? How does the piece interact with it’s environment.
Take a walk outside if possible and make a list of materials that are available. Think about the color, textures , and sizes of material available to you.

Lesson Process

Have students design their own earthworks art inspired by any of the artists studied or based on their own idea. This can be completed as an individual, group, or class project.
Students can work out ideas in their sketchbooks, photograph their site, practice with materials to explore feasibility and seek permission if necessary for their earthwork.


texture, sculpture, environmentalist, 3-D, found objects, recycle, land art


15 Incredible Works Of Land Art
An Eye for Art – Andy Goldsworthy
Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides | Sierra Club

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