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We run regular Children's Art and Craft Courses during the School Holidays.

We also run occasional Adults Courses in Art, Pottery, Metal Sculpture, Paper Sculpture, Stone Carving , Textiles, Creative Writing, Illustration and Digital Photography.

            Take a look at the Arts Award Scheme as some future courses will be linked with this exciting development.                 All courses run from 10am to 3.30pm unless otherwise stated.

Please bring a packed lunch and wear suitable footwear - No flip flops!

Payment on arrival on morning of course by cash or cheque - sorry there is no card facility.

Inclusive of all materials and equipment.

Easter at Higher Green Farm

MERRY GO ROUND with Des Alner, Esme Alner or Racheal Brewer on Friday 12th and Tuesday 16th April.  An exciting day rotating through a number of themed art and craft activities, including painting, batik, pottery, print making, collage etc.  We encourage children to develop ideas into their own creative statements using a wide range of techniques and materials.  For children who participate a number of times we will endeavor to create progression in various activities.  Age 5+  £25

CLAY DAYS with Des Alner on Monday 8th and Monday 15th April
An opportunity to produce a major piece of work in clay.  We will use various handbuilding techniques including coil and slab construction.  Ideas and inspiration will develop through looking at artists and potters work.  This work will be dried and biscuit fired in readiness for the following session.  The second day will involve decorating and glazing techniques to create an outstanding piece of finished work, which will then be fired again in the kiln.
  Age 8+   £45 for 2 days

JEWELLERY DESIGN AND MAKE with Sam Compton on Thursday 11th April
Sam Compton is a jewellery designer/maker and teacher. Elaborate structures will be made including wirework into attractive brooches and jewellery.  A progressive course encouraging new students and where past students can continue to build on individual skills and ideas. This course is for all abilities.  Age 5+  £25

BIRD AND BAT BOXES with Des Alner on Thursday 11th April
This workshop will use woodworking tools, skills and techniques to provide nesting boxes for our local wildlife.  Personalised and customised ideas can be added to give more charm to the garden.  Age 8+   £25

FANTASTIC FIGURES with Peter Rush on Friday 12th April

Sculptures with Peter Rush - Dinosaurs, Dragons, Fantastic wizards (H. Potter?), sports/ action figures or movement sculptures, Birds, Animals. etc can be achieved with his guidance and expertise. Develop your sculpture techniques using Peter's famous technique of building characters from a wire frame and layering with paper mache. Also working with heated plastics for detail and unusual features. Additionally, using Peter`s famous technique of making startingly realistic Insects to take home.         Age 8+    £25

ARTS AWARD drop in Day with Julie Turner on Tuesday 16th April
Use the studio to spend the day working on your Arts Award Portfolio with guidance and advise from Arts Award Advisor Julie Turner.  A day especially for those who have finished their Bronze Award and want to make a start on Silver or who have started Silver or Gold and need some inspiration!  Age 12+  £10

PEN AND INK ILLUSTRATION with Peter Rush on Wednesday 17th April 

Peter began his career as an illustrator and writer of many children's books including BBC TV Jackanory and Heggarty Haggerty programmes.  This course will focus on producing a piece of work with an illustrated theme using pen and ink techniques.  Characters can be developed into an illustrated format for stories, animation etc.  This is a great opportunity to learn and develop drawing and painting skills with a professional artist.  We have a quantity of original illustrations by Peter here which will be available for course participants to view (they will also be on sale at affordable prices) Past students are welcome to develop skills further.  Age 10+   £25

Stone Carving with Des Alner on Wednesday 17th April 

This is an exciting opportunity to produce a significant piece of work for the garden or home. Participants can choose a piece of stone to carve.  Skills and techniques will be taught including working safely in a workshop environment. Old clothes and stout footwear to be worn.  

Age 10+    £25

Examples of courses that we run at Higher Green Farm Arts
Raku Clay Pottery
with Des Alner
A new venture 2 day course.
Raku is a famous Japanese technique which is serious fun!  Day 1: making a series of pots/sculptures and exploring the Raku Way.  Day 2: Their work will be bicuit fired ready to be decorated with glazes and put into a ready fired kiln at 1000 degrees centigrade - ten minutes later taken out and put into sawdust, then into water - clay work finished!!! Ready to take home . lots of smoke and fire but quite safe.  Look at website 'what's new' with Clover helping Des at a Raku Workshop. Age 8+ £45

Sculpture Day with Des Alner
An opportunity to make a sculpture and develop a range of making skills including sawing, cutting, drilling, glueing etc. Students can choose from a variety of materials including wood, wire, metal, plastics OR
Transform and recycle old toys or junk into fun 'aliens' etc.  Students can choose one or more of the materials to use and will work with associated tools.  Skills and techniques will be taught in a workshop environment.  You could also bring your own old toys to 'upcycle' or swap!   Age 8   £25

Lino Printing with Esme Alner
An exciting day designing and carving your own lino cuts.  Esme will teach the intricate workmanship of lino cutting and printing to create your own unique prints which can then be mounted or made into cards.  As a summer special we will also be turning your prints into bunting and banners to brighten up your summer!  Age 10+  £25

Explore and Bronze Arts Award with Julie Turner
Find out about Explore or Bronze Arts Award and spend the day working in the studio on your portfolio.  Studio space also for those currently working on portfolios who need time to focus or some guidance on what should happen next.  Age 9+  £10

Stone Carving with Des Alner
This 2 day course will start with a visit to Marnhull Stone Quarry to see how stone is extracted and to appreciate how stone can be carved into exciting forms.  (Permission will be needed for transport arrangements).  Participants can choose a piece of stone to carve from the quarry.  Skills and techniques will be taught including working safely in a workshop environment.  This is an exciting opportunity to produce a significant piece of work for the garden or home.  Old clothes and stout footwear to be worn.  Age 10+  £45

Mad Hatters Tea Party with Esme Alner and Poppy Kavanagh
An exciting day using the 'Alice' theme to produce a variety of fun items.  We will work with a range of materials including clay, recycled materials, paint, glitter etc to make surreal works of art in both 2 and 3 dimensional forms.  There will be a 'Party' theme for the day so packed lunches could be fun!  We will provide Mad Hatters snacks mid morning and afternoon.  Age 5+  £25

Vouchers currently available for :

Course Content Name Cost

Pottery Throwing Half day solo tuition on a pottery wheel. Des Alner
Portrait Caricature Have your caricature / portrait drawn Peter Rush
Stone Carving Contact us with your enquiry Pippa Unwin
Wire Sculpture Contact us with your enquiry Pauline Dawkins

More information on Course Tutors can be found on the 'Artists' page.





All courses will take place at :

Higher Green Farm, Twyford, Shaftesbury, Dorset SP7 0JF

Telephone 01747 812593

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