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Making wool felt with children

Little Green Fingers Art Workshops

In January I was invited for an art residency at Hillview Primary. We worked together to design a wet felt making workshop for the children to learn about the felting process through creating a flower meadow using merino sheep wool. It was a great team building experience and the children enjoyed working from one of my illustrations for inspiration to create a beautiful felted flower meadow wall hanging for the school display. Through  this collaboration the children are introduced to the fantastic work that Stewarts Garden Centre do to create a flourishing environment for our local wildlife and most importantly, bees, who are so important to our food chain. Stewarts are keen to support young gardeners and create an awareness of our natural surrounding. Stewarts have been supporting local schools and green art workshops for over 5 years through Little Green Fingers, a collaboration between myself and Stewarts, who fund art materials and offer a discounted rate for local schools to enjoy an art workshop. For a limited time, there are discounted rates available for local schools, please contact Nina for more information.

Art helps children understand the beauty of the environment that we so often take for granted.

For more of the workshops covered and bookings contact Nina on 07967 736762

Making wool felt with children

Making a textile out of wool felt is a great way of getting the children to work together

Stewarts fund Art Workshops for local schools

Little Green Fingers 2013 and 2014 –

Art workshops for schools with local artist! Exciting new budget for Stewarts Country Garden Centre generous community arts project, Little Green Fingers. Stewart’s have been working with local artist, Nina Squire, for 5 years to develop a project that helps schools access high quality arts provision through an artist in residence. Stewarts have generously raised the funds available which has enabled Nina to offer discounted workshops to 10 additional schools this year. There are still spaces avalible so please contact Nina if you know of a school that would like to a workshop for arts week or a summer school project. Projects can be designed for your current school projects or Nina will design one especially for your chosen topic. More information at or Nina on 07967 736762

These friendship poles are a lovely addition to any school garden

These friendship poles are a lovely addition to any school garden

Artist in residence at Stourfield Junior, Bournemouth

I was lucky enough to be selected to work as artist in residence with Stourfield Junior as part of The Mermaid Princess project with Poole Lighthouse. I was asked to design a wall hanging with the children that responded to the Italian theatre company, Teatro Kismet, production of The Mermaid Princess. The children enjoyed the production and wanted to make a beautiful mermaid with a shoal of recycled fish alongside which was displayed with a beautiful woven background on an old fishing net. It was much bigger than we first thought it would be as the children loved weaving the net with the different materials to create the background – it just kept growing! The final product looked fantastic and far exceeded my initial ideas, the children added so much more than I could I have ever imagined, their enthusiasm was amazing! If you get the chance to see it pop in, it’s on display along with other art products from other local artists from tomorrow until the middle of September.

More information here The lighthouse poole.

Pastel flower meadow with reception class at Hillview Primary School

I’ve been working with Hillview as artist in residence to make a collage out of the childrens pastel flowers as part of the terms ‘growing’ theme. I showed the children how to use the pastels and looked at a selection of flowers and these were the results! Thier flowers are nearly as colourful as the ones at Stewarts!