Beach Art


Beach Art is an opportunity to visit the beach on a unique island in the marshes of Essex. You will travel by minibus across the causeway to Mersea Island. In small teams using natural and found materials, art works are created in the spirit of the local environment.

Maximum group size: 30
Minimum age: 6

Core Values


Compromise, Exploring new environments, Challenging textural experiences.

Team Work

Collaborative learning opportunities, Sharing and building ideas, Plan-make-present.


Seeing the value of each contribution, Group ownership and leadership, Promote individual opinions.

National Curriculum Links:


Invent and create their own works of art.  Produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences.  Develop techniques including their control and their use of materials with creativity and experimentation.



Use the eight points of a compass, four and six figure grid references, symbols and key (including the use of Ordnance Survey maps) to build their knowledge of the United Kingdom.  Use fieldwork to observe the human and physical features in the local area using maps and plans. Recognise and identify key physical characteristics and key topographical features of the coastline and understand how some aspects have changed over time.


We help children to:

  • Learn from mistakes, bounce back and try again
  • Try new things with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Believe that the harder they work, the better they will get at the things that they do
  • Never give up!
  • Love learning!
  • Concentrate
  • Keep on trying when challenges occur
  • Think their way through problems
  • Ask questions and think about our world
  • Make links and notice patterns in their experiences


Appreciation, technique, design, explore, record experiences, interpretation, texture, unique, composition, resourcefulness, materials, sculpture, organic, river, sea, island, environment, location, settlement, tourism, wind farms, sustainability, pollution, groynes, cliffs, erosion, deposition, wave action, tide, mud flats, habitat, bi-valve, uni-valve

Activity Passport Links:

You can complete 3 achievments with this activity.

Visit an innovative art gallery

Create a piece of art

Make a sculpture

National Trust Links:

Skim a stone

Go wellie wandering

Create some wild art

Spot a jellyfish

Go on a nature walk