Sometimes when we all walk in the woods on a hike or nature walk, we instinctively pick things up that catch our eye.  Here’s a wonderful way to display all of your earthy treasures, while learning about the concept of assemblage!

Art term: 

  • ASSEMBLAGE: A way of making art that uses found objects to create a three dimensional work of art.

Some artists who use assemblage:

  • Louise Nevelson
  • Robert Rauschenberg


  • 1 sheet of construction or drawing paper
  • Nature walk findings
  • White Glue
  • Crayons (optional for additional decorating)

Here are some suggestions for some things to collect:

*Try to collect things (already fallen on the ground) are light in weight, heavier items might fall off when you hang your masterpiece.

  • Acorns
  • Leaves
  • Small pebbles
  • Twigs
  • Walnut shells
  • Pine cones
  • Flowers
  • Grass blades
  • Pine needles
  • Bark

Glue your treasures to the paper.  You may choose to create a pattern or place them in a random way that is pleasing to you.  It might be fun to take some things apart (like a pine cone) and scatter them across the paper.  This is a fun way to see what the inside of some of your findings look like.

If you like, you can draw on your picture too!

More learning: Get a book from your library to identify and label your findings.  Also, look at your collection with a magnifying glass…what do you see up close? 

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