Multi-Media Habitats is the perfect project for this time of the year. With animals migrating to their summer habitats, others coming out of hibernation, and some preparing for new life, there are endless habitats to choose from. You might live in Wisconsin where rabbits are building nests for their spring babies, or Colorado where bears are cleaning and leaving their winter dens, or on a lake in Minnesota where loons are returning for the summer and making nest for their new homes. The habitats being created or modified to accommodate the change in season are endless. Animals, like art students, are very resourceful and use all types of materials to create. I just came across a bird’s nest over the weekend that was made of plastic bags, twigs, leaves, and gum wrappers. It was amazing how all these cast-off pieces were woven into a useable nest.
With this lesson, you can use several different mediums to create the habitat you want to represent. We used some great Roylco Paper Mesh and Roylco Diffusing Paper in our original plan along with liquid watercolors, yarn, embroidery floss, and beads. Maybe you have yarn scraps, magazines, plastic bags, tissue paper, string, pipe cleaners, paper bags, bottle caps, cereal boxes, and things from nature i.e. leaves, twigs, long grasses, seashells, and stones.
Multi-Media Habitats Art Project Objectives
- Research and gain knowledge of animal habitats.
- Focus on elements and principles of design by creating layering and texturing within their environment.
- Build hand skills by cutting and sewing into the mesh.
Tips for Multi-Media Habitats
- Be creative and do not limit yourself to two-dimensional work. Use your found materials to build out a three-dimensional habitat.
- Make sure you do your research to create the most interesting habitat and surrounding environment.
- Have fun finding non-traditional materials to use in your artwork.
- Highlight important Elements and Principles of Design that students should keep in mind when planning their piece.
More Habitat Art Lesson Plans & Ideas
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