It's not just that we grow up with the fables and legends, so many of which are located in forests, it's so much more that that; it's everything from the floor to the canopy - the animals, the fungi, the noises. They are spiritual places.
In Australia we have the rainforests on the coast & the old growth forests of Tasmania, small parts of which are still largely untouched and pristine. But we also have the dry open forests with gums and wattle or the forests of wallum that dot the sand dunes. So many of these areas are still under threat by development, all in the name of ticky-tacky suburbs and highrises.
For those in America, England, Europe and Asia the concept of forest is different again. All unique, all beautiful. Please share...
The results were everything from scary.....
....to sparse (loving that sugar glider!)
.....to flourishing and healthy
...to devastated yet hopeful.
... to dynamic, totemic, scary eyed and more.....
What to hunt and gather:
Coloured paper, glue, black and white pencil and tracing paper.
What to do:
Tear the paper in long strips and play around with creating tree shapes. We used 2 or 3 colours to layer the trees and we discussed creating different levels and looking at the negative spaces.
Add some more detail such as animals and leaves.
Now the final layer:
Tear some tracing paper into a tree shape or leaves or animals..whatever...
Using a white and black pencil add detail and highlights. I show the a slideshow of detailed forest images to stimulate ideas and provide some extra visual knowledge to draw from.
Wow! I just love all the different interpretations of FOREST.
In so many ways this was a learning experience for everyone.