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Dig Your Hands in the Dirt

A Manual for Making Art Out of Earth

Nature & Environment

  • Turn the earth under your feet into natural, cheap, beautiful art: African-inspired murals, fanciful playground sculptures, labyrinths, sundials, sculpted benches, bird houses, & more
  • Complete illustrated how-to guide to mud, art, & community
  • Inspiring stories & color photos from earth-artists here & abroad

For teachers, parents, activists, builders, artists, & other kids. Here is inspiration and instruction for anyone interested in making beautiful art out of earth. The author of Build Your Own Earth Oven teaches you to find, mix, and sculpt the right mud; develop group goals and vision, and translate simple, natural (and easy to draw) patterns into sophisticated and complex designs. The resulting murals will transform anonymous "spaces" into real places. Or make "garden art" you can sit on (or in). Get inspirated by earth artists across the country and over the sea. Extensive resources for further study. Join them all in making art to help "join us, harmoniously, to a whole." Brief, elegant, wonderfully and generously illustrated with drawings and 32 pages of color photos.


"This book teaches practical skills that empower children to create everything from playgrounds to school walls."--Joseph F. Kennedy, architect, teacher, editor, Building Without Borders & the Art of Natural Building


Kiko Denzer

Kiko Denzer is an artist, teacher, and author in the earthen building revival. He serves as artist-in-residence in schools in his home state of Oregon, and has muddied tens of thousands of hands with his popular oven and bread manual, Build Your Own Earth Oven (2007) as well as his guide to mud-based art forms, Dig Your Hands in the Dirt (2005).

Dig Your Hands in the Dirt

Pages:128 pages
Book Art:32-page of color illustrations, hundreds of photos and drawings
Size: 5.5 x 8.5 inch
Publisher:Hand Print Press
Paperback: 9780967984667
Pub. Date September 15, 2005

Available In/Retail Price

Paperback, 128 pages, $15.00