Celebrate the Earth, get inspired and make some art! Download our instruction sheet for this project (here!)
The first Earth Day took place on March 21, 1970 after John McConnell, a man who worked hard for the world to have peace, proposed that there should be a day to honor the Earth. Every year people from all over the world gather on Earth Day to celebrate nature and find ways to preserve our world—some communities even celebrate Earth Week!
- paint brushes/ paint
- palette (or place to mix your paints)
- cup of water to clean brushes
- newspaper or paper bags to cover surface before you paint
- camera (or phone!)
Observe the world around you—Is the ground wet? Is the sun shining through the leaves? Is moss growing on the trunks of trees? Are there birds singing? What do you see in nature that inspires you?
What do you love most about nature? What is your favorite outdoor memory? Are there any colors that remind you of these thoughts and feelings?
Gather some natural objects from the ground such as rocks or pebbles and fallen branches, leaves, or pine cones. Paint these objects in colors that represent how you feel when you spend time in nature.
Take your painted objects back outside and snap a few photos of your painted objects that capture how you feel about the Earth. Share with friends and family, encouraging them to enjoy the outdoors, too!
SHOW US YOUR WORK!
Send us your artwork or tag it with #thesproutingimage - we can't wait to see what you create!
One of my photo students and I went on a fun photo walk recently, and it was lovely! I introduced some new concepts and ideas for her to test out now that she's shooting manually and telling the camera exactly what she wants it to do. Since she's doing so well, I've added a lot more to her future lessons and I am very excited to see what she comes up with next.
SOME OF HER RECENT WORK:
Yesterday's photo class was so fantastic, I'm happy dancing at my desk as I write this.
This smarty pants was shooting manually within no time, with such a clear understanding of the concepts we covered. While adjusting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO as needed while shooting various subjects and lighting situations, she took some fascinating and beautiful photographs. She totally loved being in total control of the camera and had no idea she could see something in her mind and make the camera replicate it. I'm feeling proud as all hell over here, and am cooking up some fun projects for her next few classes!