Are you looking to spend a lot of time outdoors this summer? Do you want to combine fun, physical activity with creative art projects? Have you thought about visiting a beach?
Building sand castles is the epitome of summer fun. If you think sand castles are child’s play, think again. Some adults make the most of this summer hobby by taking time to create sandy sculptures of fine art. With advice from a pro, you too can use sand as an art medium.
This year, challenge yourself to create the biggest and best castle you can. Use this article to help you combine summer fun and creative expression. Let’s first get some advice from a professional sand artist.
Kirk Rademaker – Professional Sand Artist
Kirk Rademaker is a carpenter by trade. He made his living by working with wood but spent his weekends building massive sand sculptures for fun. The longer he worked at his hobby, the more impressive his sculptures became.
These days, Kirk earns his big paychecks by creating one-of-a-kind sand sculptures. He designs unique sculptures for private parties, business events, and birthdays. Some of his unique art has even been used for Hollywood movie premiers and contracted by famous people like Dustin Hoffman.
Tips for Building Your Own Sand Sculptures
You may not be a master like Kirk Rademaker yet, but if you are inspired by his story, and interested in creating unique sand sculptures, here are a few tips to get you started:
- Always use moist sand – sand from the tide line is suggested.
- Create a mound of densely packed wet sand – there is no such thing as too much water.
- Work from top to bottom – it is easier to take sand away then to add it.
- Purchase a sand castle kit – this will include the tools you need to carve fine detail into your sculptures.
If you live near a beach or plan to travel to a tropical climate, try taking on the summer sand castle challenge. Segmation is interested in seeing pictures of your sand castles. Be sure to snap a shot with your phone or camera and share it with us on Facebook.
In the United States there are many official sand castle competitions that take place throughout the year. Attending one of these shows is an excellent way to expose yourself to unique art.
Where have you seen creativity expressed this way? What did you think of artwork made from the medium of sand.
Summer is the season to be outside, active, and creative. Whatever art projects you take on this season, be sure they are one of a kind.
Read more Segmation blog posts about Creative Summer Activities:
From Sand Castles to Sand Sculptures
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