Dorset, Islay,
 Artist,
 Schools 
Mosaics Willow

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Mary-Ann

This website has been created by myself, with a little help from my daughters and friends, it brings together my often complicated career as a wife, mother, artist, teacher, paddler and Jack of all trades, becoming a master of some! I have a great love of the natural world and do my best to find a balance between the demanding life of teenagers and the hectic pace of life they demand and my belief that caring for our environment comes from a life using renewable energy, less chemicals, recycling and eating natural food whenever possible and being passionate about the natural world. I do not always succeed! One day soon we will move lock stock and barrel to Islay, where the inspiration for so much of my work comes from.  Watch this space!

In October 2012 we bought the Dower House, Kildalton, Isle Of Islay with some friends. In the middle of an ancient forest, on the edge of the sea, where over 100 common seals are protected!

 My many hats!

Artist 

My paintings are inspired by my great love of the countryside where I grew up in Manston, the heart of dairy farming Dorset and from walking and kayaking on the Dorset and Scottish coast with my husband, two daughters and friends from Poole Harbour Canoe Club. I was taught the basics of watercolour painting by my Grandmother in my teens and have been learning ever since. My love of cows must come from my father, who was a dairyman all his working life and from my twenty years as a veterinary nurse, where I was never happier than helping the vets out on the farms.

Teacher In Schools & Grounds Development

I teach Art, Craft and Environmental Studies to all ages and abilities in schools all over Dorset. I also manage and develop school grounds for teaching and wildlife. 

School Workshops include;

Live Willow and Hazel Structures, working with whole schools to create, living tunnels, arbours and outside classrooms.

Outside Mosaics, to be seen at Old Town First School, Poole, Hillbourne School, Broadstone, Milborne St Andrew and Portesham School.

Pond-dipping, habitats and ecology.

Countryside wildlife walks, gardening and other wildlife activities.

Art , Craft and Pottery

Project Leader                                     "Trees For Dorset"

"Trees For Dorset Schools Project" is grant funded and was started by Rachel Palmer, Chairman of the Dorset Branch of the I.T.F. in 2005. The aim is to raise awareness of how important trees are to the world. The children learn how to plant, identify and care for their own native trees, which are planted into an existing woodland or their own school grounds after 4 years. I now lead the project, we have five small rural schools successfully on board and are seeking funding to increase that number. 

We also bring the project into other schools when developing grounds and wildlife areas

Please feel free to browse my site and for more information on any of the pictures or workshops                 e-mail me at [email protected] or                Telephone 01202 621771 

Adult Art Teacher

"Art Classes For Pleasure" is a Wednesday morning class in Sturminster Newton for adults who enjoy learning new drawing and watercolour techniques.When teaching I concentrate on demonstrating basic techniques and then encourage students to develop their own style and use personal interests to inspire them. Many of my students follow their own projects and work towards Art exhibitions at The Exchange, but mostly they do it for enjoyment.

Art Workshops

I run art workshops periodically for adults and families, who would like to "have a go" using different media including silk painting and other media. Most of my teaching is based on wildlife and landscape. If you are interested in a workshop or class please let me know and I can add your name to my contact list. E-mail [email protected].com or Tel 01202 621771

Wild Art Club Milborne St Andrew School

 My children's "Wild Art Club" at Milborne St Andrew First School, help to maintain the school grounds, which I designed in 2000 when the school opened. We also do many other outdoor and art activities.

Wild Art Club was started as a voluntary after school club at the old school with Jenni Clarke (Reception teacher), myself and other parent volunteers. When Jenni and my children left the school I was teaching professionally, Wild Art Club became a paying club and has been successfully evolving ever since. I have always relied on volunteers and a lot of the success is down to their dedication. We teach the children to understand our countryside and its wildlife in their own environment and around the world, through art and practical sessions. We recycle as many resources as possible and use a lot of natural materials.The children's enthusiasm for the outside environment is most rewarding and it particularly suits those active practical children who find it hard to sit still!

 

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