Greenshoots always endeavours to utilise practitioners who currently work in an industry that encompasses the discipline they are teaching. This means that they are always aware of changes in industry trends and up-to-date in technique and technology advances.

You will be sure that you are working with the best!

All practitioners are CRB checked and lots of them already hold, or are working towards, general teaching qualifications. They are ALWAYS positive, supportive, enthusiastic, fair and kind.

Ian Gardiner

fashion / graphic design / animation

Ian spent many years owning and running nightclubs in Nottingham and Leicester where he acquired an deep interest in the Arts and Culture. During this time he learned many skills in staging performances, promotion, Graphic Design and business. During a break in this career Ian worked at Paul Smith as a pattern cutter and decided that he should follow a childhood interest and pursue an education in Fashion achieving a Foundation Degree in Fashion technology from New College Nottingham, where he upgraded his skills in Fashion Illustration using current software and fine tuned his skills in Design, Pattern Cutting and Garment Manufacture. As a Father to 3 young children Ian decided to uses these skills to enter a career in Teaching gaining a P.G.C.E.(F.E.) and taught Art & Design, Fashion, Graphic Design and Illustration for 10 years at South East Derbyshire College and Ilkeston School. During this time he developed skills in Animation, and Film production which he also now uses in his work. Since 2010 he has, alongside his wife and partner, Tricia, co-ran Greenshoots. Ian believes deeply that young people learn more effectively by being challenged to reach achievable goals and is committed to implementing that ethos through his continued work on Greenshoots' projects.

fashion / graphic design / animation Ian Gardiner
textiles / film production / project co-ordination Tricia Gardiner
dance / music / acting Ellie Self