Inspired by Nature

Region: Metro South and West | Royal National Park
Year 3 and 4
Local arts program Visual arts

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 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.

Workshops for students

Nominations for 2024 student workshops are now open.

Schools can nominate up to 4 students from Years 3 and 4 that are gifted and/or demonstrate high potential in visual arts.

Term 2

  • Thursday 30 May 2024 (Term 2 Week 5)
  • Thursday 27 June 2024 (Term 2 Week 9)

Term 3

  • Thursday 29 August 2024 (Term 3 Week 6)

Time: 9 am to 3 pm

Cost: $15 per student

Should Inspired by Nature be cancelled and no alternative offered, a full refund will be provided. In the event of a COVID-19 related withdrawal from the program, students will be given a full refund of the participation fee paid.

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

For further information, keep up to date with the Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre website and Facebook.

Professional learning for teachers

Registration for our 2024 professional learning workshop has closed.

Participants will develop practical skills and strategies for teaching visual arts K-6. A bushwalk will provide inspiration and the opportunity to observe, interpret, respond and document the natural environment. Participants will engage their senses and express themselves across a range of media, such as printmaking and ephemeral art. Participants will be provided with written instructions and material lists for each artmaking activity.

Date: Thursday 28 March 2024
Time: 9 am to 3 pm
Venue: Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre

Cost: $150.00 per person

Register via MyPL Course Code NR42493

For further information, keep up to date with the Royal National Park Environmental Education Centre website and Facebook.


Photo gallery

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


photo a day challenge

Photo a day challenge

The Inspired by Nature team challenge you to take a nature photo a day for a month (30 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.




Jill Bell
02 9542 1951
Michelle Murphy
Arts Coordination Officer
Riverwood Education Office
0425 384 484


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

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