Outdoor Art


From building rock sculptures to creating collages made from organic materials, many artists incorporate nature into their work. This summer, encourage your students to explore the elements of art while in the great outdoors. Learn about line, shape, color, and texture while painting with water on the sidewalk, making flower collages, and creating sculptures on the playground.

  • Elements of Art: Space | KQED Art School

    Dive deep into the complex role that space plays in the visual arts. Using site-specific art as a starting point, learn about the specific techniques artists use to control and manipulate space in their work.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Value | KQED Art School

    Explore how artists are able to create the illusion of light through a wide variety of color and tonal values.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Color | KQED Art School

    By considering the vital, vibrant work of the Color Field painters of the 1950s and '60s, learn how color is a worthy subject for an artwork all on its own.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Elements of Art: Texture | KQED Art School

    In this fourth installment of our Elements of Art series, we look at the how visual artists try to engage our sense of touch.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Elements of Art: Form | KQED Art School

    Study up on the different ways visual artists create Form. Through the eye-fooling genre of Trompe L'oeil, we look at techniques artists use to transform shapes into forms.

     

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Elements of Art: Shape | KQED Art School

    Shape is one of the seven basic building blocks of art. Using still life paintings of fruit, we look into how artists create their individual style and develop a unique approach to making shapes.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Elements of Art: Line | KQED Art School

    Line is one of the seven basic elements of art along with Shape, Form, Texture, Value, Space and Color. These are the building blocks of all art and are a good place to start when making, looking at or analyzing works of art. Brush up on your visual literacy as we breakdown the wide variety of lines that artists use. Through the lens of the self-portrait, we look at how line is a way for artists to express their individual style and also a tool to control the messages they wish to communicate.

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    Grades: 6-13+
  • Chris Drury: Visual Arts (Earthworks)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, climb a tree with Chris Drury whose installations mimic the underlying patterns of the natural world. For more than a quarter-century, internationally recognized British artist Chris Drury has used the materials and processes of nature in his work. Drury's lyrical, often temporary installations mimic patterns that already exist in the natural world. Visit with Drury as he prepares a series of works for a six-week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California, culminating in a show called "Whorls: Installations by Chris Drury," an indoor and outdoor exhibition featuring three site-specific nature-based installations. 

    Grades: K-13+
  • Bill Dan: Visual Arts (Nature Art)

    Bill Dan has become a well-known local figure in San Francisco, creating vertical sculptures using carefully balanced rocks that seem to defy gravity. In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet the artist behind the art.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Caleb Duarte: Visual Artist (Sculptural Paintings)

    Caleb Duarte works with a combination of found materials, architectural building supplies, painting and drawing to create temporary installations and "sculptural paintings" that evoke poignant narratives of home, shelter and displacement.

    Grades: 6-13+
  • Minnesota Legacy Short | Amber Fletschock: Collage Artist

    Amber Fletschock is a collage artist working from the rugged forests of central Minnesota. Inspired by the nature surrounding her, Amber’s work is a response to the chaos and abundance of modern times.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Create a Collage Like Martina Huson

    Create your own organic art collage in the style of Martina Huson by following the directions in this demonstration.

    Grades: 4-8
  • Create Sculpture Like Glenn Horr

    Create sculpture using every day materials like Metalsmith Glenn Horr.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Painting with Water

    In this video segment, real kids learn how to make paintings on a hot sidewalk using melting ice cubes that evaporate over time. 

    Grades: PreK
  • Andy Goldsworthy: Visual Arts (Earthworks)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, meet international artist Andy Goldsworthy as he installs "Drawn Stone" in the entrance courtyard of the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Goldsworthy is an artist who creates artworks in the natural landscape using nature's materials to form sculptural work of deceptive simplicity, often achieving amazing feats of balance and timing in the process. Whether ephemeral, permanent or designed to age with time, Goldsworthy's works inspire quiet introspection about the beauty of the world as a living organism in a state of continuous change. 

    Grades: K-13+
  • di Rosa Preserve: Visual Arts (Collectors and their Collections)

    In this Spark video produced by KQED, learn about how Rene di Rosa transformed his Napa Valley property into an art preserve devoted solely to Bay Area art. The preserve includes three large galleries and a sculpture meadow that are open to the public. Migratory birds, vineyards, ancient olive trees, a 35-acre lake, a 130-year old stone winery and an extraordinary art collection amassed throughout the last four decades makes the di Rosa Preservean unparalleled haven where art and nature share the landscape.

    Grades: K-13+
  • Painting A Future for Wildlife with Jane Kim and Ink Dwell | KQED Art School

    Take a trip to the California Academy of Sciences with Jane Kim as she draws inspiration from their collection and talks about an early obsession with teddy bears that led her to a life of using art to give the natural world a stronger voice. She also explains how research and location play an important role in her projects and help encourage environmental stewardship.

    Grades: 6-12