Create some outdoor art

Nature is full of shapes, colours and textures, just waiting to be explored. This is the perfect chance to use your creative flare and take your artistic skills outside. Ideal for a quick activity, or as part of an art class – making art out of wild materials is a fun way for children of all ages to hone their skills and pass some time.


Rhubarb heart © Joe Dowse

What you will need:

  • Outdoor space – the wilder the better
  • Natural materials that you can find, such as leaves, pine cones and sticks

How to create your outdoor art:

  1. Take your time to explore your surroundings.
  2. Pick up any wild materials that inspire you – remember to avoid taking living parts of wild plants.
  3. Arrange these into a design of your choice.
  4. To make the task more specific you could study an artist before hand, and try to recreate work in their style.
  5. You could also try to sketch a design before hand, then seek out materials that would suit this.
  6. To add an extra layer of art into the mix, try taking different types of photos of your art work – what does it look like from different angles? Can you apply any filters?
  7. Once you are finished, leave your art work as it is – nature will take care of the rest.


Share your photos using #DiscoverLearnPlay


Time to complete

30 mins

Suitable for age

Suitable location

Resource Level

Curriculum linked

Expressive Arts (Art and design)

Sciences (Biology; ecology; natural sciences; planet Earth topic)

Health and Wellbeing (Mental and emotional wellbeing)


Help protect Scotland’s wildlife

Our work to save Scotland’s wildlife is made possible thanks to the generosity of our members and supporters.

Join today from just £3 a month to help protect the species you love.

Join today

Stay up to date with the Scottish Wildlife Trust by subscribing to our mailing list Subscribe now

Back to top