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Key Stage 2 - Art in nature activity tour and workshop

In this session, primary school students are encouraged to use their observation skills and a range of art and design techniques to describe the variety of colours, sizes, shapes and textures in nature.

Cones of Encephalartos altensteinii

Encephalartos altensteinii in the Palm House at Kew Gardens. Students explore interesting shapes and colours in nature.


In this session, primary school students explore the variety of shapes, sizes and colours in nature. 

Students work outside and/or inside one of Kew's iconic glasshouses to develop observational skills that help them describe shape, line and colour.  The creative outcome of this activity tour is a unique and colourful piece of artwork based on Kew's plant life.

  • Length:  90 minutes
  • Group size: 15 students
  • Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 8 students

Learning outcomes

School visits at Kew Gardens support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools. We aim to give students unique opportunities for learning outside the classroom.

This session offers students the opportunity to:

  • Use a range of techniques to record observations of plant structures using drawing and making techniques
  • Increase proficiency in the handling of new and familiar materials to create 2D and 3D artwork based on Kew’s plant collections and natural environment
  • Analyse and evaluate thier own work, and that of others, in order to strengthen the visual impact or applications of their work
  • Improve mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, centre-cane]

Curriculum links

These sessions are designed to help teachers cover the following subject areas:

Art and Design

Science - working scientifically, plants

Maths - number, geometry