To celebrate Dippy’s visit to the Jurassic Coast, the Jurassic Coast Trust have organised a series of 11 free, Interactive Art Days with local papier-mache extraordinaire Darrell Wakelam.
Starting from Saturday 3 February in Weymouth, Darrell will be venturing far and wide across Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Wiltshire, celebrating each area’s unique natural beauty to make long-lasting artistic creations in collaboration with local children on each day.
Here’s when and where you can catch Darrell:
Saturday 17 March – Littleham Primary School, Exmouth with Clinton Devon Estates, 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday 27 March – Trull Church Community Centre, near Taunton, 10:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Saturday 21 April – St Katharine’s Primary School, Bournemouth, 10:00am-4:00pm
Saturday 12 May – Sturminster Newton Youth Club, 10:00am-4:00pm
Saturday 26 May – Mill Water Special School, East Budleigh with Clinton Devon Estates, 10:00am-4:00pm
Diplodocus in Focus Fact Sheets
At each of his sessions, Darrell will be handing out “Diplodocus in Focus” fact sheets for you to complete. You can see all the answers here.
Darrell Wakelam Artist’s Bio
Darrell has been lucky enough to have spent his whole working life creating sculptural work with children and young people, mainly in schools but also in museums, libraries, theatres and as a part of festivals or events.
Originally from the West Midlands, Darrell moved to the South West to set up his business ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ in 2005. Having Lyme Regis as his base has enabled him to link his artistic skills to another of his childhood passions, natural history. It was this that originally drew Darrell to the South West, having been an enthusiastic amateur fossil collector since he was a boy.
Darrell’s work is three dimensional and uses simple techniques and everyday materials, mainly scrap cardboard and paper. This makes the outcomes cheap and easily achievable for even the youngest of participants.
Creating artwork based on fossils and Dinosaurs is a joy for Darrell, as children are already excited by the subject and it’s easy to get them involved. 3D sculptures are a great way to bring extinct animals to life, and young children can better understand the scale of a creature when they stand in its footprint or hold its teeth in their hands.
Darrell enjoys working with children, admires their adaptability and resourcefulness, appreciates their honesty, and is always amazed by their energy and enthusiasm. In return he tries his best to match these attributes.