Last Chance to Paint aims to inspire children to connect to the natural world and tribal culture, using the universal language and power of the arts.

Here at the Eden Project, during the weekend of 5-6 October, we'll have all sorts of workshops for families to get involved with, using different arts mediums and taking inspiration from this extraordinary project.

'My dream is to use art as a medium to connect young people from across the globe with issues facing our environment today.'
Artist John Dyer

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Painting with John Dyer

Connect with the natural world and tribal culture using the universal language and power of the arts. Join John Dyer and be inspired to paint endangered plants and animals.

Visit John Dyer’s gallery wall on your way into the Rainforest Biome to see artwork from John’s latest projects.

Where and when: Link Building Rainforest side (the building between the Biomes); 11am–4pm

Creative workshops

Nature relief tiling

Learn to create a detailed nature relief tile made out of organic forms, with artists from St Ives' Barnoon Workshop. Start by making a mould in clay and then cast this with plaster of Paris and seeds, flowers, bark and leaves. Go home with a beautiful tile which can be displayed indoors or outdoors. 

Where and when: Dome Tent (in the centre of our Gardens); 10am–5pm
Please speak to a member of staff in the Dome Tent to book on to this workshop when you arrive.

Mono-print with nature

Mono-prints are a quick way of making single prints, with differing results each time. Join artists from St Ives' Barnoon Workshop and explore two techniques of making direct prints using single-colour block printing inks and mono-printing techniques using natural forms as inspiration. 

Where and when: Dome Tent (in the centre of our Gardens); 10am–5pm
Please speak to a member of staff in the Dome Tent to book on to this workshop when you arrive.

Painting with the Earth

Paint pictures of our beautiful British wildlife using paint made from coloured rocks, clays and soils collected in Devon and Cornwall. You can also learn about the history of colours in nature in this drop-in workshop with internationally acclaimed earth artist Pete Ward. 

Where and when: Dome Tent (in the centre of our Gardens); 10am–5pm

Telling the story of palm oil 

Join our Storytelling Team at the Oil Palm exhibit to hear how Eden is helping reduce this controversial crop's impact on nature.

Where and when: Palm Oil Exhibit, Rainforest Biome; 11am–12.30pm and 2–3.30pm

About the project

Artist John Dyer wants to inspire children and schools to help him create the world’s largest ever online art gallery of children’s work about the environment.

The project sees John painting many of the world’s endangered landscapes, animals, plants and people – including in the Amazon rainforest. Technology is allowing schools to ‘travel’ with him on the adventures, as students can ask questions and get live answers from the people John meets on the ground.

Last Chance to Paint follows John’s Spirit of the Rainforest project, which showcased well over 1,000 paintings from children.


Phot: David Ashe