Outdoor Studios Kent and the South East - Art and Learning Outdoor Studios Kent and the South East - Art and Learning Outdoor Studios Kent and the South East - Art and Learning Outdoor Studios Kent and the South East - Art and Learning Outdoor Studios Kent and the South East - Art and Learning

Outdoor Studios provides artist-led workshops for creative experiential learning exploring environment, landscape, and place. 

These unique learning opportunities are available through the collective expertise of a team of artists with extensive experience of delivering art workshops in and around Kent, connecting groups to natural and urban environments across a range of arts disciplines. Our activities also focus on the rapidly advancing impacts of climate change and we are proud to have joined Culture Declares. We are printmakers, painters, writers, textile artists, photographers, film-makers, sculptors, craftspeople, ceramicists, and sound artists.

Outdoor Studios provide Full, Half Day and Bespoke workshops and activities, and accept Commissions. Get in touch to talk to us about artist-led workshops and programmes, either at your school, workplace, community centre, a natural or historic site, or our regular haunts – King’s Wood Ashford, Oare Gunpowder Works in Faversham, and Milton Creek Country Park in Sittingbourne. We can also travel further afield! You might like to suggest your local beach.

We are excited to be part of the Kent Downs AONB EXPERIENCE project: a new sustainable tourism project to develop a long-lasting experiential off-season visitor economy for Kent. Take a look at what you could enjoy on an Outdoor Studios Experience at Kings Wood here.


INSTAGRAM TAKEOVER APRIL 24 @outdoorstudiosarts 

As we approach our tenth anniversary, Outdoor Studios associate artists will be posting stories of their work and how it collectively interweaves with the team ethos of the collective and its engagement with varied communities throughout Kent.
Martin Brockman will be first to takeover the @outdoorstudiosarts Instagram channel in early April, followed by Amanda Thesiger. Martin covering his early days with site specific theatre groups, building and firing kilns in landscape around Britain through to his most recent work for Wakehurst, Kew and Raybel Charters. Martin will also be previewing his latest woodblock prints collection, “Free As The Fields”, which will be exhibited this May at the Black Shed Gallery in Robertsbridge. Learn more about Martin’s work and ethos HERE.

Amanda works in mixed media, which “heightens your sense of tactility, materiality and intelligence in the hand.” She has worked on slate, wood, fabric, shells, stone, over print, book pages, maps and in 3D. “Each foray is like an act of sabotage that kicks the work into life. I hope I convey this space for intuitiveness in my teaching. In-the-moment working is risky but you learn as you’re working; you respond, you invest and, with luck, an image is formed.” Learn more about Amanda’s work and ethos HERE.

Martin Brockman woodblock


“The visits went above and beyond our expectations. The level of learning and enrichment opportunities for the children was outstanding. Not only did it improve their artistic skills, we witnessed children grow in confidence, teamwork and communication skills. The days provided opportunities and experiences that many of our children would never have the opportunity to discover because of their backgrounds and social situations.” Greenfields Community Primary School, Maidstone

“Came along to a brilliant Explore & Draw family workshop today and we had such a fantastic time learning about the area we were visiting and creating some marvellous artwork.”  Parent, Explore & Draw, Oare Gunpowder Works

“We had a great time.. it was a beautiful day by the lake.  Laura was very patient with my clients and gave them all a lot of time individually. The clients were initially hesitant but once they understood what they were doing they became very creative!” Facilitator, Headway East charity – Ashford

“I never realised you could make ink from acorns.” Pupil, East Borough School, Maidstone






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