Andy Goldsworthy

Student artwork – Berney Elementary, 2017

My art is an attempt to reach beyond the surface appearance. I want to see growth in wood, time in stone, nature in a city, and I do not mean its parks but a deeper understanding that a city is nature too-the ground upon which it is built, the stone with which it is made.

Andy Goldsworthy was born in Cheshire, England, in 1956 and currently resides in Scotland. He studied at Bradford School of Art and Preston Polytechnic and has been making art in the environment, both rural and urban, since the mid-1970s. Over the past 25 years, Goldsworthy has gained a   significant reputation for both his ephemeral works and his permanent installations that draw out the native character of a place. The artist works with natural materials, such as leaves, sand, ice, and stone that often originate from the local site.

OBJECTIVE: To make a creative outdoor sculptural installation of natural materials. Classes will walk to a local park to do this. Principals have given permission for this. Each “touch” as Goldsworthy calls the installations, will be photographed and placed in the child’s handmade journal.

Classroom Lesson Materials

Book: Nature’s Art Box: From t-shirts to twig baskets, 65 cool projects for crafty kids to make with natural materials you can find anywhere. Donated by Picture Lab, it can be found in your school library


Video of Andy Creating a touch – 6 min. video of Andy creating a land art sculpture in a Scottish stream.

A tranquil video featuring many Goldsworthy creations– 4:33

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