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Backyard Art

Jane Peterson was known for creating paintings of her back garden. In her piece Hydrangeas she created a portrait in a back yard showcasing the plant life.

If you have a back yard you can make art too! All you need to do is to go outside and get creative. Gather dandelions, twigs, leaves, grass, rocks, flowers, and more to create a nature portrait. Be sure to ask an adult for help, so you don’t touch any problem plants like poison ivy.


Jane Peterson, “Hydrangeas”, circa 1912. Oil on canvas. Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, Georgia.

Jane Peterson was inspired by the impressionist art movement. Her paintings focus on the effects of light and color.


Creating temporary art in nature is called Land Art. Famous land artists include, Robert Smithson, Andy Goldsworthy, and Walter de Maria.




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