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Art in the Environment

Learning Objectives

Most pupils will:

  • Use natural objects and materials
  • Understand the difference between natural and man made
  • Develop imaginative ideas
  • Work collaboratively out of doors
  • Develop understanding of colour line, texture, shape, pattern and form

Some pupils will also have the opportunity to:

  • Improve observational skills
  • Construct sculptures
  • Review what they and others have done
  • Gain an appreciation of the aesthetic value of the environment and the work of environmental artists


On arrival a member of OEE Team staff will welcome your group to the Centre and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives, and the health and safety issues.

½ Day Course Programme

  • Walk to hall and gardens area (5 mins)
  • Sit in log circle introduce activity (10 mins)
  • Environmental walk/colour Artist Palette activity (20 mins)
  • Gather back at log circle discuss and show palettes (10 mins)
  • Go on a scavenger hunt and collect a range of natural materials to create your own picture (15 mins)
  • Discuss next activity ‘Boglins’ set the scene, give out clay (15 mins)
  • Children find a stick(handle/body), gather material, construct ‘Boglin’ (15-20 mins)
  • At log circle discuss our ‘Boglins’ and photograph if possible (10 mins)
  • Walk back to the toilets hand wash and then to centre (10 mins)

Detailed activity sheets about artist palette can be found in the Art in the Environment and Acclimatisation curriculum material. Copies available at the centre.


Back at the Centre the group will reflect on their day and consider how well the learning objectives have been met. (5 mins).

Safety Considerations

Weather Conditions and clothing:

Some outdoor clothing and footwear is available at the Centre but please ensure that children are dressed warmly and have suitable waterproof outerwear. Activities will take place in all but the most severe weather conditions. The centre teacher will contact the group leader if conditions are unsafe for the visit to continue.

Equipment supplied

Artist palettes, clay

Equipment needed from school

Trays to collect palettes/boglins

Other Information

The actual programme may vary depending on the number and needs of pupils, length of visit and weather conditions.