Art in the Garden

Key stage 2


A day’s programme does not necessarily include all the listed activities and can be adapted to suit individual needs and requirements. Normally we fit in three to five activities during your visit.

Activities Learning objective: the children should learn...
Colour palettes to look carefully at the variety of colours found on different parts of plants
Colour filters to see the gardens from different coloured viewpoints
Sculpture trail (May to October) to gain a wide experience of a variety of sculptures
You’ve been framed to work collaboratively to produce an outdoor art gallery created from garden materials
Curtains up to produce a class hanging structure created from natural objects
Texture cards that there are a variety of textures to be found in the natural environment
Shape cards that there are a variety of shapes to be found in the natural environment
Colour sticky strips about the range of different coloured and textured materials found in the Gardens by collecting items to create an individual coloured strip
Weaving to create an individual piece of art using a range of natural materials
Touch eggs to appreciate the different textures and patterns found in nature
Leaf match to observe carefully the wide range of leaves in the Gardens (shape, colour and texture) and distinguish between evergreen and deciduous plants
Session times

10am to 2.30pm
with a break for a picnic lunch at 12pm in or near the Education Centre.

Suggested pre-visit activities
  • Sort a variety of objects into different materials such as wood, metal, plastic
  • Discuss the difference between 2D and 3D art
  • Look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and other land artists
Suggested post-visit activities
  • Create a 2D collage using natural materials
  • Make a 3D sculpture from recycled material
  • Take a closer look at a famous sculptor
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