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Art in the Environment

Learning Objectives


  • Construct sculptures
  • Create journey sticks
  • Gain an appreciation of the aesthetic value of the environment and the work of environmental artists
  • Develop understanding of colour line, texture, shape, pattern and form


  • Use natural objects and materials
  • Understand the difference between natural and man made
  • Develop imaginative ideas
  • Work collaboratively with the outdoors
  • Improve observational skills

Key words/phrases

Colour, material, natural, man-made, tactile, pattern, shape, form, scale, ground art, sculpture, similarities, differences, symmetry


Centre staff will welcome your group and describe the day’s programme, learning objectives and the health and safety issues. (10 mins)

½ Day Course Programme

  • Classroom: Slideshow demonstrating the types of work by famous environmental artists and pupils who have visited the centre before (15 mins)
  • Walk out to Church Wood (5 mins)
  • Activity: Colour Palette (10 mins)
  • Discussion on materials that can be used (10 mins)
  • Activity: Ground Art. In small groups of up to 4 pupils create their own pictures in the leaf litter. These can have a theme (i.e. animals, symmetry) or be left open ended. Pictures can be handed out that the groups have to try and replicate (15mins)
  • In their groups wander around to look at the other art work (5 mins)
  • Re-group. Discuss the difference between 2D ground art and 3D sculpture. This is significantly harder and will need greater input. (5 mins)
  • Activity: Sculptures. (20 mins)
  • In their groups wander around to look at the other sculptures (5 mins)
  • Back to the centre. (5 mins)

Detailed activity sheets can be found in the Art in the Environment 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.

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

Art power point presentation, pictures for art focus, first aid kit, artists palettes.

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.


Slideshow not to be used with lower ages/abilities. Ground art can be linked to habitat studies creating animal pictures. More/less detailed pictures can be used to copy in art pieces. Less detailed pictures are based on the Writing with Symbols software package. Journey sticks can be made if time is available.