Environmental Art – space and place

Sue Pedley
Deepen your knowledge of creative and innovative processes to create installations and site-specific work in indoor and outdoor locations.
Target Audience
Secondary Visual Art teachers

Learning Areas

Teaching Standards

General Description

Deepen your knowledge of creative and innovative processes to create installations and site specific work in indoor and outdoor locations.

Experience a variety of processes to develop concepts relating to the environment, space, place, history and memory. Exploring traditional processes such as drawing, sculpture, photography and unconventional /contemporary/ experimental ideas and media with a focus on sharing, adapting and expanding ideas to teach environmental art and installation.

Photographic documentation of the ephemeral art made outdoors will be discussed and as an artform, exploring a variety of options.

Exercises will include collaborative drawing with thread in an indoor and outdoor space; creating ephemeral art with natural materials outdoors; developing meaning using found objects and mixed media.

The practical installation exercises and slide presentation will provide a wide range of creative possibilities linking to the visual arts years 7-12 curriculum. This practical creative making day offers sensory experiences and sharing of creative ideas in the classroom.


Secondary Visual Art teachers

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

COVID-19 Event Information

All TTA venues continue to work with advice provided by the NSW Health Department in managing the risks associated with the current COVID-19 situation. While the current risk is low, TTA venues will be taking steps to help provide a safe environment for our courses. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting of all areas, and venues will be providing ample hand sanitiser pumps. While venues will be taking all the care that they can, we also stress the need for course participants to take responsibility for their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them. If you are not feeling well or showing symptoms of COVID-19, please don’t attend this event. Wash your hands regularly. Avoid shaking hands where possible. Practice cough etiquette, coughing into a tissue or your elbow and washing your hands afterwards. Thank you for your understanding.

This course is available to attend in person or remotely. If you wish to attend this course via Zoom link, please enrol using the promo code REMOTE. This will reduce the price of the course by $50. Zoom links will be emailed closer to the course date.
If you enrolled to attend the course in person and we need to change to a remote only course, you will be given a $50 credit (valid for 12 months) .

Teaching Standards
2.1.2 Proficient Level – Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
2.2.2 Proficient Level – Content selection and organisation
3.2.2 Proficient Level – Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
3.4.2 Proficient Level – Select and use resources

Are you in NSW? If so, this is relevant for you

Completing this course will contribute 6 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered PD addressing 2.1.2, 2.2.2, 3.2.2 & 3.4.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

TTA (Teacher Training Australia) is endorsed to provide the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient and Lead Level Teacher.

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


  Start Date Location Availability Price    
27/11/2020 Sydney Inner West Cancelled $377 + GST



30 minutes

Welcome and introduction: names, school, goals for the workshop.
Current experience in teaching drawing.

String Art

1 hour

Collaborative drawing in space using string and other found materials exploring the idea of gravity. Practical ways to encourage students lacking confidence and to think expansively and playfully about drawing. Applications of process and outcomes in your classroom.
Artist Talk

30 minutes

PowerPoint on contemporary environmental art

Walking Art, Incidental Architecture and Photography

1 hour and 45 minutes

Practical session going on a short urban walk.

Art and Place – site specific

1 hour and 45 minutes

In a local park create collaborative works with natural materials/ and or urban waste. Ways of documenting and presenting work. Applications of process and outcomes in your classroom.
Farewells and Evaluation

15 minutes

What To Bring

Please bring a camera (phone will do);
some found objects and or string,

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About the team

Sue Pedley


Sue is an artist and a tutor who has conducted professional training courses for art teachers in primary and secondary school for 7 years. Sue teaches drawing at College of Fine Art, the Art Workshop at University of Sydney, the National Art School and visual communication at UTS. Sue exhibits regularly in Australia and overseas, most recently in Japan in the Setouchi Art Triennial (2010) and the Echigo Art Triennial (2006).