Natural Materials

Using Natural Materials

Leaves, petals, twigs, rocks, fruits, seeds and other natural materials may be used to create a variety of projects. When creating temporary works, don’t forget to take photographs.


  • Harvest lavender to make wands or soap.
  • Make pictures with colorful fall leaves.
  • Create sculptures with plant parts.
  • Learn about artist Andy Goldsworthy, and then make temporary site work using leaves, sticks and other natural items.
  • Study rich cultural traditions such as gourd art, Indian basketry, Noche de Rabanos (Radish Night), Mukimono (Japanese Garnishes).