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Celebrating excellence in creative and performing arts education in our public schools

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Inspired by Nature

Inspired by Nature is a visual arts enrichment program in the creative domain for high potential and gifted public school students in Year 3 and Year 4. This one day learning experience is held at the Royal National Park. Students will explore the local environment, learn art theory, and produce a range of ephemeral and permanent artworks. They will investigate artists such as Andy Goldsworthy and his rich diversity of forms, structure, patterns and textures.

With exploration during an outdoor nature walk, students will gain a rich source of ideas to create artworks and an appreciation of art. Students will study the Elements and Principles of Design to gain a deeper understanding of how to create interesting and engaging artworks. They will experiment with and learn how to use different techniques associated with natural forms to create a range of artworks.

The operation of this program is contingent on advice provided by the NSW Department of Education in consultation with NSW Health. All activities will adhere to the DoE COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions. 

2021 workshop dates

Workshops are held on each of the following dates from 9am to 3pm.

Term 3

Activity for this program is postponed to support efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

Term 4 

  • Wednesday 6 October 2021 (Week 1)


Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre
159 Farnell Avenue 
Royal National Park NSW 2233


Jill Bell - Activity Coordinator
Email: jill.bell6@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 02 9542 1951

Michelle Murphy - Arts Coordination Officer
Email: michelle.murphy3@det.nsw.edu.au
Phone: 02 9408 8920

How to apply

Schools are invited to nominate up to 4 students from their school that demonstrate a talent or interest in visual arts.

Schools should complete the Inspired by Nature Nomination Form.



$15 per student

Teachers are welcome but not required to attend. Schools or parent/carers are responsible for transport to and from the venue.

Photo gallery

View images from previous programs in the Inspired by Nature photo gallery.

Learning at home with Inspired by Nature

The Inspired by Nature team are hosting free online sessions during learning from home.

Each week will have a different theme, introduce new skills and concepts, so don't worry if you missed one! You can join any week you would like. 

Students are encouraged to continue their art making post session.

Nature Journaling

Nature journaling sessions are designed for students in Year 2 to Year 6, however students of all ages can participate.

Date: Wednesday afternoons

Time: 2:00pm - 2:45pm

For more information and to access the zoom link visit Nature Journaling.

Interacting with Nature

Interacting with Nature sessions are designed for students in Year 3 to Year 8. 

Date: Thursday afternoons

Time: 2:00pm - 2:30pm

For more information and to access the zoom link visit Interacting with Nature.

Photo a Day Challenge

Throughout the month of September, the Inspired by Nature team challenge you to take a nature photo a day!

Each Wednesday the team will post the themes for the next seven days.

To learn more about the challenge and join in all the fun visit Photo a Day Challenge.

Be sure to check out all the amazing photos on the Royal National Park instagram account.