Des is a qualified teacher and has been working in Dorset schools as Head of Art & Design and Design Technology for over 30 years. As well as running courses at Higher Green Farm Arts, Des also works in conjunction with local schools on various projects. A creative approach to many National Curriculum based topics such as Prehistory / Neolithic, Egyptians, Greeks, Africa, Rain forest and Tudors can be delivered. We have a wide range of resources to offer, including specialised techniques such as Egyptian paste, Shabti figures, Greek pottery, clay work, wood etc. related to specific periods.
Dinton Primary School – Ceramic tree mural project.
Stower Provost Primary School – Whole school Clay Project. Ceramic mural for front entrance. Totem poles in playground.
Cerne Abbas Primary School – Aborigine Day.
Ludwell Primary School – Arts Week, Broad Chalke Arts Week, Abbey Primary School, Shaftesbury – Breach Common Project. Paintings, Batik hanging, poems, Green Man sculpture, exhibition in Shaftesbury Arts Centre.
Wardour Primary – Apple Day. Printed banners, large hanging, procession, music, stories with Tim Laycock and Nick Crump.
Kingswood Prep School, Bath – 2007 International Day. Australia, Aboriginal art, printing, pebble painting, large banner.
Shillingstone Primary – last 6 years Art Week – pottery, whole school, masks, Terracotta Army, Green Secret Garden Plaque. 2012 – Tree made from recycled materials, 2013 – new School Hall Tree Mural and Ceramic Mural at front entrance (see photos)
Commission – School sculpture (Kestrel, see photo).
Cheselbourne Village School – Aboriginal Art Day. Batik, dream paintings, clay work and dot pictures.
St. Andrew’s Primary, Fontmell Magna – many projects over last 10 years involving arts and crafts, music and dance. Native Americans, Aboriginal Art, water theme, Pottery Projects, Year 6 Mural. Now in its 3rd year with hands and names forming the tree (see photo) plus the Acorn – from little acorns grow mighty oaks.
Motcombe Primary School – Des organised the whole school Arts Week. Theme : Light. 100 children, mixed age groups, rotating around 10 activities – music, dance, pottery, batik, painting, poetry, mobiles, window art, science, hangings.
2014 – Ceramic Mural commissioned for the celebration of the175th year of the School.
Semley Village School – Arts Week. Theme : Our World. Multinational. Des provided pottery and batik workshops which 100 children rotated. Also two large banners for the hall and a celebrating procession with batik flags.
Commissions – Tile panel (see photo) to commemorate the opening of the School. Saxon Hut (see photo), Mermaids (see photo) winner of local fete scarecrow competition!
Broad Chalke Primary School – last four years – involved with their Arts Week; in 2012 ‘The Olympics’.
Shaftesbury Primary School – 2012 ‘The Olympics’ including a Year 6 ceramic mural (see photo)
Abbey Primary School – Ceramic mural involving the whole school – ‘The Tree of Life’
Pimperne Primary School – A mural celebrating the opening of their new school.
Okeford Fitzpaine Primary School – Batik banners for school hall.
Des has recently finished making a statue from bronze resin signifying the spirit of the child holding the dove of peace for Broadchalke Primary School.
School parties can also visit us at the Farm for Design & Technology / Art & Craft activities. We have had a number of successful visits from schools, particularly Year 6 pupils, who have enjoyed a fresh learning experience at Higher Green Farm Arts.