Saturday Art Club – autumn wreaths inspired by Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy is an artist in our collection who is inspired by nature.

Now is the perfect time to look around us and see the beauty of nature as the leaves on the trees are beautiful tones of oranges, yellows, reds and burnt umber brown.

Collect some autumn leaves and look at all the different colours you can find and gather. Look for different shapes of leaves too. These can be from maple, chestnut, sycamore or oak trees. Collect some thin tree branches and bendy twigs, you can use these later.

Make leaf rubbings by putting a piece of newsprint over a leaf and rubbing over it with a pencil, crayon or charcoal stick and see the lovely patterns that they create.

You can draw round the leaf by placing it onto a piece of paper and drawing round the outside edge. Once you have your shape you can colour it in. Try and use as many different warm autumn colours such as reds, oranges, yellows, pinks and burgundys.

Some leaves can contain more than one colour, they can have 3 or 4 different shades.

Cut around your leaves and arrange them in a circle.

Use one of your branches and bend it into a circle. Get a grown up to help. You  can fix it into a circle with some wire or tape. You can use two branches to make your wreath more sturdy, by intertwining the branches by weaving one over and under your first circle.

Attach your leaves with masking tape or little bits of wire to your wreath.

You can hang it on your wall with a piece of string inside your house, it will look lovely and very seasonal.

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