Key Stage 2 programme - Art in nature activity tour and workshop
In this session, primary school students are encouraged to use their observation skills to notice and describe the variety of colours, sizes, shapes and textures in nature.
Encephalartos altensteinii in the Palm House at Kew Gardens. Students explore interesting shapes and colours in nature.
Students take part in a strolling activity and take note of the colours of plant life surrounding them as they collect leaves, seeds and flowers to form a journal or bracelet. Students are encouraged to use appropriate vocabulary to describe their findings and produce at least one other piece of artwork - such as a postcard or an A4 drawing.
- Length: 90 minutes.
- Group size: 15 students.
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students.
- Programme cost: £50 per group of 15 students.
- Administration fee: £80.
School visits at Kew Gardens support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school environment.
As teachers ourselves, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum. At the moment, the new government has withdrawn the changes planned for 2010/11 and will be producing new curriculum guidelines. Once they have done that, we will re-visit the learning outcomes for our sessions.
The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- use appropriate vocabulary to describe the physical properties of natural materials
- recognise and describe plant biodiversity by observing the variety of colour, size, shape and textures among plants and seeds
- create a lasting piece of artwork (sketch or drawing) to document their time at Kew Gardens
- create an ephemeral piece of artwork to document their time at Kew, and will recognise the value of 'living art' and ephemeral art.
Links with the QCA/DfE schemes of work
QCA Art & Design
- Unit 3B - Investigating pattern.
- Unit 5A - Objects and meaning.
- Unit 9gen - Visiting a museum, gallery or site.
Keep up to date with events and news from Kew
Latest news from Kew
22 May 2013
Kew has contributed to a groundbreaking report on the state of wildlife in the UK in time for International Day of Biological Diversity. It reveals that 60% of species studied have declined over recent decades.
18 Apr 2012
A floral spectacular is in bloom in front of the Orangery at Kew Gardens to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
13 Mar 2012
Filmed over the course of a year at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, Kingdom of Plants 3D provides a fascinating new look at plant life using stunning 3D time-lapse filming techniques. Own your personal copy today following the DVD and Blu-ray release.