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Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

Field of Mars Environmental Education Centre

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Bush studio visual arts enrichment program

Teacher checklist


AVAILABLE DATES: Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 August 2024


Field of Mars Reserve, Pittwater Road, East Ryde

Wallumedegal Country

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Schools are required to organise transport for students to and from the location. No vehicles are permitted into Field of Mars Reserve.

Parking is available in the car park on Pittwater Road.


$48 per student - GST free

This will be processed through the student's home school.

Risk assessment

Risk management plan

COVID-19 safety plan


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Buffalo Creek Track

Doyle and Warada loop track


Participants will be bushwalking during the day in rugged terrain.

Limited wheelchair accessibility.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.

Students will be making and creating artworks. It is recommended that studetns bring art smocks.


Backpack, medication, low-waste food, water bottle, sunblock, art smocks, raincoat, hat, sturdy shoes.

Students wear reusable name tag and sports uniform. 


Preparing for an excursion

Supporting resources Fact sheets
Bin access

All student waste to be taken home by students.

Medical or special needs

Notify EEC staff prior to excursion. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 

Extreme or wet weather

Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. 


Cancellations with less than four school weeks' notice will be charged the full fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

How to book

Teachers are to complete the booking form for participating students.

Suggested timetable



9.30 - 10.00 Introduction and ice breaker activities
10.00 - 10.20 Recess
10.20 - 11.00

Inspired in nature

iPad photography

11.00 - 12.30 Art making
12.00 - 12.30 Lunch
12.30 - 1.45 Art making
1.45 - 2.00 Gallery walk
2.00 - 2.15 Pack up and depart

Learning activities 

This is an immersive day, connecting students with nature, their creativity and visual art making. 

The day commences with students acknowledging Country and working together to build emphemeral artworks inspired by Andy Goldsworthy and Hannah Bullen-Ryner.  

Students will go on a bushwalk and spend time in nature's classrooms to explore the natural features of the reserve through art making. Photography, sketching, etching, frottage and painting using water colour and ochre will be sampled and explored.

Instruction on the elements and principles of design, mixed-media, printmaking and collage will enhance students abilities to create and appreciate artworks.

Maximum 8 students from one school per stage per day.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus (2006)


VAS2.2 Uses the forms to suggest the qualities of subject matter

VAS2.4 – Identifies connections between subject matter in artworks and what they refer to and appreciates the use of particular techniques.

Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2006