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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; Paperback Original edition (9 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711229945
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711229945
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 1.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 258,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The simple works of art featured here are a great way to help your kids forge a lasting bond with the natural world while having fun in the process. Whether it's using different-sized pebbles to create 'paw-prints' on the beach or drawing patterns in fresh snow with a twig, there's something to interest and amuse people of all ages. (Amateur Gardening)

Wonderful inspiration for outdoor art classes. (Junior Education)

The book contains nicely reproduced photographs of straightforward small-scale pieces of artwork, constructed by the the author from natural materials and shown outdoors. Rather than a catalogue of artist's works, the images in here are part illustration, part education - an attractive addition to a coffee table but also an educational guide. The author makes it clear that one reason for publishing is to inspire others to get out and have a go. And why not? While I wouldn't be keen on anyone suggesting artists head off to build hefty sculptures on hilltops, Pouyet's examples of land art are straightforward and inoffensive - and it looks like fun. (TGO: The Great Outdoors)

For anyone looking for some creative inspiration, this book is a brilliant guide to how you can engage more closely with the shapes, colours and textures of the outdoors. Or, if you don't feel energetic enough to forage in the garden to create works of art, then it makes a lovely chill-out book in which to lose a couple of hours soaking up an alternative take on a natural world. (Organic Garden & Home)

About the Author

Marc Pouyet trained as a graphic designer at the Corvisart School of Graphic Arts in Paris. He has worked as a graphic artist and children's illustrator, and artistic director at the children's publishers Nathan and Ravensburger. As well as producing land art and sculptures using natural materials, he runs workshops in schools and community centres for children and adults. He lives in Saint-Maurice-pres-Crocq, France

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hellsbells on 28 May 2013
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Wow! This is inspirational for those looking for ideas of things to do creatively outside, either themselves or with children. The photos are stunning. The ideas are stunningly simple, but soooo effective. Makes you want to get outside and get busy!
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By CLARE on 6 Dec 2009
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By catherine on 25 Feb 2013
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The photos in this book are bright, plentiful and beautifully taken.I just can't believe though that someone has blatantly copied Andy Goldsworthy - and not said so! Some ideas could be described as 'inspired by Goldsworthy' but others are, as I said, complete copies!! They are simply cruder versions. Shame!!
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simple, though imaginative nature activities 29 April 2009
By Henry Berry - Published on Amazon.com
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Mention is made in the short Introduction of Robert Smith's noted Spiral Jetty earth art in Utah's Great Salt Lake. But the nature art of this book combining photography, examples, and simple instruction and encouragement is not so artistically ambitious. As mentioned in the Foreword, the book is meant more to enhance children's walks in the woods or fields or at the beach--any outdoor area. Its content though is not limited to children, but relevant to teachers, activities leaders, and anyone else looking for ways to enhance a simple nature trip. Homeowners and office workers looking for simple decorations for spots in a home or office desks would find it relevant as well.

Pouyet is a French graphic designer (the book was first published in France in 2006). The materials he uses for his illustrative simple creations and the creations themselves are much more varied and fragile compared to the earth art of practicing, professional artists such as Smithson. The stone, earth, tree trunks, large branches, and other fundamental elements of nature used in the earth art of Smithson, etc., can be found with many of Pouyet's creations. But there is also berries, leaves, mud, snow, sea weed, flowers, and other elements which are ephemeral.

Pouyet's book succeeds estimably in its modest aim of being an illustrated arts-and-crafts guide for nature activities.
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on a par with Andy Goldsworthy 6 Aug 2014
By bob hosea - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed viewing land art for many years. As a sculptor I have tried my hand at creating some land art but always thought BIG. This book has helped me think on a smaller scale, and provided suggestions and stimulated ideas for use of seasonally available local materials found on my daily walks. Great Book!!
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