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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

  • Divide into groups, walk in the garden collecting natural materials to reflect the colours of that season in an Artist Palette activity (15 mins)
  • Gather back at log circle, discuss and show palettes (5 mins)
  • Go on a scavenger hunt and collect a range of natural materials to create your own pictures/ 3D sculptures/ mandala patterns (15 mins) 
  • Sit in groups share equipment, construct dream catchers (30 mins) 
  • Children find a stick (handle/body), gather material, construct 'Boglin' (15 mins) 
  • Walk back to the toilets, hand wash and then back to the centre (10 mins) 

Equipment needed from School: Box/ container to carry children's artwork, camera. 

Detailed activity sheets about artist palette are 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

Willow, wool, scissors, beads, feathers, seat pads

Equipment needed from school


Other Information

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