Skip to main content
You are here
Facebook icon
Pinterest icon
Twitter icon

KS4 Art Design and Photography Themed Day

Wakehurst is the perfect place to inspire young artists. With its stunning landscapes and exotic and native plants, there is so much to stimulate sketching, printing, 3D and photography projects. This programme includes up to three sessions designed around your chosen theme.
Painting inspired by microscopic examination of seeds
Painting inspired by microscopic examination of seeds.


Wakehurst offers the perfect opportunity to ‘wow’ students with design and beauty in nature. Whether sketching around the gardens, taking photographs, or using the large amount of exotic plant material we can supply, ideas can flow freely.

The day aims to model the creative process, encouraging students to ‘take risks’ and investigate and refine ideas. Time in our laboratory using microscopes can encourage students to observe in greater detail and to explore potential for different media and stylistic approaches.

Students are sure to return with stimulating images, prints and sketchbook experience, as well as ideas ready to take further.

  • Length: Day visit - includes 2 or 3 sessions designed around a creative theme
  • Group size: 20 max
  • Minimum supervision required: 1:10
  • Programme cost: Full day visit 

See our detailed pricing plan for more details

Learning outcomes

School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools and colleges. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school or college environment.

We design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum and GCSE specifications.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • sketch/photograph landscapes
  • use native and exotic plant material in natural form and still-life projects
  • create 2D and 3D ephemeral art using a rich variety of natural materials
  • use microscopes to explore the intricate detail of plants
  • use a variety of media and techniques
  • look at the work of artists who are inspired by plants

Links to GCSE Art curriculum

  • To actively engage in the creative process of art
  • To become confident in taking risks and learning from experience
  • To experiment with ideas, processes, media, materials and techniques
  • To record ideas, observations, insights and independent judgements
  • To use drawing skills for different and purposes
  • To record the observed world
  • To learn through practical experience

The specifications for exam boards vary. When you book a school visit at Wakehurst, let us know which exam board you are using and we will work with you to tailor the session for your students.