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Environmental Art

Learning outcomes

Most pupils will understand/be able to:

  • Work creatively with a range of natural objects and textures to produce a picture or sculpture in the outdoors
  • Record evidence and develop IT skills using digital photography
  • Improve observation skills
  • Understand and be able to describe different patterns, colours, forms and shapes.
  • The need for safe and sensible behaviour.

Some pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Be able to appreciate and discuss the outdoor environment and describe their feeling and artwork
  • Discuss different types of artwork, views or landscapes
  • Improve their observational skills
  • Develop creativity and interpretation.

Key words/phrases

Camouflage, Conservation, Environment, Hard-soft, Light-heavy, National Park, Pattern, Position, Sculpture, Shape, Sharp-blunt, Space, Rough-smooth, Texture, Wet-dry.

Curriculum links


The environment, earth

Art and design

Working from first hand observation; purposeful images and artefacts; creativity


Writing that makes cross curricular links; poems, accounts Citizenship: work in groups, different roles and responsibilities


Half a day.


Woodlands surrounding Hagg Farm and on local walks.


The aim is to explore and create a piece of natural art work. Session can be led by visiting teaching staff.

Supporting materials

‘Art in the Environment’ and ‘Natural Pictures and Sculptures’ curriculum packs. Exemplar laminated sheets of artwork. References on individual sheets (e.g. journey sticks, dream catchers, prayer arrows). Digital cameras at Centre.

Health and safety

Awareness of hazards of litter, glass and animal waste; the need for appropriate clothing and footwear. Safety pack (with first aid kit, emergency shelter etc), mobile phone, and any personal medication (inhalers etc). Risk assessment no. 17 (Field studies). Pupil ratio appropriate to group 1:20 max.

Activity session

  • Indoor briefing on aims and activity, with the planning, the outdoor environmental activity itself and the review all seen as important.
  • Discussion of environmental issues, the need to follow the Country Code, avoiding damage to living plants, never picking wild flowers or growing leaves, and only working with ready-to-hand objects.
  • Example artwork: twigs, feathers, pine cones, pebbles; art materials of paper, string etc; example laminated artwork sheets
  • Outdoors: students go on scavenger hunt, exploring appropriate woodland area.
  • Students create a natural picture or construct a natural sculpture in situ.
  • Creations are recorded in a different media (e.g. sketching, photos).


  • Have learning outcomes, above, been met?
  • Small group presentations/feedback on completed artwork. Make a display! Use for art coursework. Keep as a record of the visit to Hagg Farm.
  • Can students describe what they have observed and created? Can they write a description, poem, to show what they have seen?
  • Completion of Hagg Farm diary sheet.

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