Andy Goldsworthy artwork

Andy Goldsworthy Part Three

In this final of my Goldsworthy lessons we will be creating art from sticks, twigs and vine. I have created my installations in the woods which are very close to where I live. You will need to consider the size, scale and location of your art before you get started.

Resources you will need to complete this activity:

This will depend on your method of building but might include...

  • 1. Access to the outdoors, a wild space is best
  • 2. Gardening wire
  • 3. String
  • 4. Vines
  • 5. Scissors
  • 6. A camera (a phone camera is great for this)


You should have another look at Andy Goldsworthy’s work, focusing on installations using wood and sticks. Think about what you really like about them and what you would like to achieve. In advance of making your installation you could start collecting sticks on your daily walks, or looking for somewhere great to make your installation.

Andy Goldsworthy artwork

Gather up equipment, think ahead, especially if you are going to create your installation while out walking. Don’t forget to have your camera charged as I would love to see photos of your work.

Main Activity

When you are in the place you will be building your installation and have gathered up a large pile of sticks, vines or twigs first check what the view will look like from all angles and how other features in the landscape will frame your work. You may need way more sticks and twigs than you think!

I went straight into my build without a practice and just improved my technique as I went along. Be prepared to take your work down and rebuild it if it isn’t looking how you wanted. You may want to use wire or string to hold your pieces firmly in place or you may prefer to achieve this just by balancing and weaving things together. If you do use wire or string think about what it looks like; do you want to make it invisible within the structure or are you going to make a feature of it? Remember to keep standing back and looking at your work from all angles. Be critical; is the shape as good as I can make it?

And then, when you think you have finished, check again. Take photos. Does it look good in the photos? What could you do to improve it? I think this is the trickiest of the Goldsworthy projects we have done and I spent a lot of time adding tiny pieces to the [nearly] finished work. I’m glad I did because I think it made a big difference.

This is the final lesson I will be posting on Goldsworthy’s art but you can carry on producing landscape art from your own inspirations.

Get creative! I look forward to seeing your results.

Preparation for next lesson

We will be drawing a view from, or into the garden. Start to notice what views you like. They can be anything including garden sheds, looking towards your house, or of other buildings you can see from your garden or from a window. If you don’t have a garden and the views from your windows don’t inspire you look at photos or images online that include these features. Maybe somewhere you stayed on holiday would be nice.

Resources for next week

A firm board [clip board or hardback book will do] to lean on while drawing. Paper, pencils, rubber. Piece of scrap cardboard [an old cereal pack is ideal].