School trips to Eden

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Workshop overview

What happens: Students begin by learning how our commissioning process works at Eden and the ethos behind Eden’s interpretation guidelines. The students then break into smaller design companies bidding for the job of creating a piece of artwork for a specific area on site.

We will research some background information about the plants, people and product and then visit the exhibit to gather our initial ideas. The teams will then use Eden’s commissioning process to develop their own ideas for an installation.  Finally, students will ‘sell’ their ideas to the commissioning board (the rest of the class).

Location: This takes place in a workshop room inside our purpose built education centre, as well as the wider Eden Project site.

Skills and curriculum links

This workshop enables students to:

  • investigate how creative processes can convey complicated ideas, issues and information.
  • study the installations at Eden, looking at our style, messages and the stories behind the artwork.
  • work through the commissioning process we use at Eden.

We've designed the workshop to help teachers cover the following subject areas:

KS3 Art and Design


  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of techniques to record their observations as a basis for exploring their ideas
  • to analyse and evaluate their own work, and that of others

KS3 Design and Technology


  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high quality prototypes and products
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others

Pupils should be taught

  • use research and exploration, to identify and understand user needs
  • use a variety of approaches to generate creative ideas and avoid stereotypical responses
  • develop and communicate design ideas
  • analyse the work of past and present professionals

KS4 Art and Design

  • actively engage in the creative process of art, craft and design
  • develop creative, imaginative and intuitive capabilities
  • develop an awareness of the purposes and functions of art and design in a variety of contexts

KS4 Design and Technology

  • develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values
  • use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing
  • communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing

Practical information

The workshop costs £6.20 per pupil, with a minimum charge of £124 per group (includes VAT). Maximum group size if 35. The cost includes:

  • a facilitated workshop with our Education Team
  • free access to the Eden site for the day
  • all equipment needed for the workshop
  • free teaching resources enabling your class to prepare for the workshop and to follow up on the activity (download a sample copy)
  • a personal welcome from the Education Team at the entrance
  • a base for your bags in our purpose-built education centre, The Core
  • a space to eat your own lunch 
  • free entry for accompanying adult helpers, whose participation is essential to the success of the day (please note our suggested adult/pupil ratios are as follows: Early Years Foundation Stage, 1:3; Key Stage 1, 1:6; Key Stage 2 and 3, 1:10; Key Stage 4, 1:15; Key Stage 5, 1:20). You’re welcome to bring more helpers if you’d like; for a charge of £15 per adult

  • a free preparatory visit to Eden for teachers wanting to plan their school trip, which should be booked in advance