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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.

Summer at Higher Green Farm

MERRY GO ROUND with Des Alner, Esme Alner or Martha Jarvis on Wednesday 24th and Tuesday 30th July, also on Tuesday 20th August. 
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

Lino Printing with Esme Alner on Thursday 25th July
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

Sculpture Day with Des Alner on Thursday 25th July
n 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

Drawing Skills with Des Alner and Martha Jarvis on Friday 26th July
Learn and develop skills in drawing.  We will endeavor to meet each individuals needs as the course is intended for skills development.  We will use some of the elements of art, line, tone, form, colour etc.  also one and two point perspective (three point for past students).  This can also include life drawing and be a continuation of development from previous courses including help with school projects.  Age 10+ £25

CLAY DAYS with Des Alner Charlotte Davies on Monday 29th July and Monday 19th August.
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

Mad Hatters Tea Party with Esme Alner and Poppy Kavanagh on Monday 29th July
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

PEN AND INK ILLUSTRATION with Peter Rush on Wednesday 31st July
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 Tuesday 30th and Wednesday 31st July
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

FANTASTIC FIGURES with Peter Rush on Tuesday 20th August
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

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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