A Natural State How People Are Inspired By Nature

Both Charlie and David love nature and all the critters we can find when taking a walk. So with me wanting to make sure Charlie is prepared for 4th grade I will be checking out this new Science website I found. It is called A Natural State and it allows us to learn how people are inspired by Nature. There is one thing I would like to point out about A Natural State and that is it is more for middle school students. So Charlie will be assistance and that is where David will come in as they can do this class together with a little help from me.
Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with most suited for middle school and up. Younger children will need adult assistance.)
This web presentation from the state of South Carolina explores how people are inspired by nature to shape, twist, carve, and weave materials collected from the landscape into works of art.
Interviews with natural artists from various geographical zones of South Carolina are included on the site along with samples of their work.

The website provides free virtual workshops with step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to make artwork using natural materials such as clay, pine needles, branches, vines, acorns, nuts, flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, and more. Click on “Workshops” to see a menu of projects that include:

  • Dyes and Dyeing
  • Bentwood Trellis Making
  • Dioramas
  • Kudzu Basket Weaving
  • Weaving
  • Coiled Clay Pottery
  • Paper Making
  • Pine Needle Baskets
Click on any one to access a very clear presentation with instructions on how to create that object.

The site also offers “Science – Teacher Resources” with many educational videos and more.

No,w, I also saw Math items on here that I plan on checking into as soon as I have time.
Thank you,
Glenda, Charlie and David Cates
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