An ideal outing for your class that closely supports the KS1/2 Art Curriculum

The Sculpture programme is in two parts. The first session is based around the University of Leicester's permanent sculpture exhibition. It starts with an introduction in which shape, form and setting are discussed.

Groups then go to look at all the sculptures. Each group will be given a leaflet that gives detail about each artist and their work. They sketch one sculpture within its setting and recording the material from which it is made. They then do a detailed drawing of part of a sculpture. Then, inspired by everything they have seen, they sketch a design for their own sculpture and make it from clay; and they can take it home at the end of the day.

The second part of the day is a session that focuses on the artistic use of natural materials. It starts by finding out how such materials can be used to form pictures, patterns and three-dimensional shapes. The children are then given a bag and invited in groups to collect materials from around the Garden to make their group sculpture. Groups choose their own setting and design a natural sculpture together. Time is allowed for groups to look at each other's work.

When you book the Sculpture programme, you will receive a pack of information detailing the activities for the day, a copy of the worksheets, a risk assessment and a map. If you have any particular organisational, learning or curricular needs, please discuss them when you phone to book.

  • Availability: All year
  • Age group: KS1 and KS2
  • Numbers: Up to two classes (about 70 children) per day
  • Duration: a full school day
  • Cost: £4.90 per child with no charge for accompanying adults (minimum charge £117.60)

To book please contact the Botanic Garden Education Office on 0116 271 2933 or email us.