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Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Art in the Garden – Key Stage 1

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 - 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- 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.
  • 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.


Sessions 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 e.g. wood, metal, plastic.
  • Discuss the difference between 2D and 3D art.

  • Look at the work of Andy Goldsworthy and other Land artists.

Booking your visit