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Art in the Environment

Learning Objectives


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


  • Improve observational skills
  • Work collaboratively in outdoors
  • Gain an appreciation of the aesthetic value of the environment and the work of environmental artists
  • Review what they and others have done


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.

Half Day Course Programme

  • Walk to into woodland teaching area (5 mins)
  • Introduce activity (10 mins)
  • Environmental walk/colour Artist Palette activity (20 mins)
  • Gather back together to discuss and show palettes (10 mins)
  • Set off for to another teaching area in the woods (10 mins)
  • Children explore environmental art using examples such as Andy Goldsworthy (5 mins)
  • Children create a piece of environmental art using natural resources from the woodland (10 mins)
  • Children view each other’s work- The woodland art gallery (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.