"Ian is a true professional; he is absolutely meticulous in his approach - a perfectionist - and is totally dependable. Our mural is of the highest standard - the workmanship is fantastic. Ian was able to copy the pupil's design whilst adapting it for effect and composition. He uses durable paint which is mixed to exact colours.
I would recommend Ian for any mural painting or art workshops without reservation; he has a very friendly manner, communicating well with both children and adults. Furthermore, his charges are extremely reasonable considering the amount of time and care taken - super value for money".
MRS KIRKHAM, ACTING HEADTEACHER, BERRIDGE JUNIOR SCHOOL, HYSON GREEN, NOTTS.
"We are absolutely delighted with Ian's work. The standard and attention to detail is amazing - just what we had hoped to achieve. Whilst on the school site, we found Ian to be extremely professional, conscientious and hard working".
MR GRIFFIN, HEADTEACHER, WHITECOTES PRIMARY SCHOOL, CHESTERFIELD, DERBYSHIRE.
"We commissioned Ian to paint a large cartoon mural around the main entrance to our school over the summer holidays 2010. Ian supported the initial planning well. Ian worked very well within the agreed brief and consulted the Headteacher at agreed intervals to ensure we were satisfied with the content and progress made. This worked well in ensuring "customer satisfaction". We are very pleased with the result which has drawn lots of positive comments from the school community.Thank you Ian for all your hard work."
MR DUNBAR, HEADTEACHER, MANOR FARM COMMUNITY INFANT SCHOOL, HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKS.
"You have captured so much of what is important in our school in your artwork and I know that the children were fascinated to see the artwork develop. To see a child`s idea become reality has been pleasing for the children and I know that they will enjoy the work for years to come. Thanks once more for your wonderful work."
MR DENT, HEADTEACHER, ST PATRICK`S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL, BIRCOTES, NOTTS.
"The paintings of the children in their school uniforms with their healthy fruit are absolutely stunning and are a superb representation of the original drawings created by the children. We have been very impressed with the care and attention to detail and are certain they will be a lasting centerpiece of our dining room."
MRS SPYVE, DEPUTY HEADTEACHER, NEW BOLSOVER PRIMARY SCHOOL, BOLSOVER, DERBYSHIRE.
"Ian worked at Kingsway during December 2007 and January 2008 transforming the children's toilets. The children were delighted with the results and keen to tell Ian how excited they felt with the improvements, including the new boards outside the toilets with designs depicting "Kingsway's School Uniform". We are so pleased with the work that Ian has achieved that we are inviting him back to design our Dining Hall theme. We found Ian to be friendly, extremely enthusiastic, approachable and very hardworking."
MRS BURNS, HEADTEACHER, KINGSWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL, KIRKBY IN ASHFIELD, NOTTS.
"My school is full of very excited children who have come back after the holidays to the wonderful painting work completed by Ian. He has transformed the areas chosen and worked closely with staff to get just what they wanted for their learning areas. His professional attitude in enhancing the school came across from the very beginning and he has been a pleasure to work with."
MS DAINE, HEADTEACHER, KILLAMARSH INFANT & NURSERY SCHOOL, KILLAMARSH, DERBYSHIRE.
"Throughout this project he has been most co-operative and accommodating, suggesting ideas and listening to the requests of staff and children. As a result we now have children's toilets that are bright and very colourful which the children are very proud of. I am very happy to recommend Mr Brealey to you and wish you every success with your cartoon art project."
MRS EYLEY, HEADTEACHER, HOWARD PRIMARY SCHOOL, TAMWORTH, STAFFORDSHIRE.
"The paintings are bright, attractive and highly motivating and have certainly added a new dimension to our library environment. Ian is very helpful, flexible and reliable in his work and I highly recommend him to any school wishing to enhance their internal and external display areas and spaces."
MISS LAMMOND, DEPUTY HEADTEACHER, ASHGATE PRIMARY SCHOOL, DERBY.
"Many thanks for the terrific painting in the Infant library area. It was wonderful to see the progress of the characters as you were painting them and to watch the children describe and discuss them together. The final results are better than hoped for and the additional "creatures" and attention to detail have been delightful."
MRS BURGESS, HEADTEACHER, DUNSTON PRIMARY SCHOOL, DERBYSHIRE.
"I would like on behalf of everybody, children, staff and parents to thank you for the excellent mural you have so skillfully painted on two of our walls. The children have gained hugely from watching your artwork take shape from early pencil sketches to completed paintings. They have I know been inspired by attention to detail and desire to achieve the highest quality possible. All those who have seen the end product are quite overwhelmed by the creativity of your artwork. Once again a huge thanks for all your hard work and undoubted skill, I feel sure the mural will inspire children for many years to come."
MR WHITE, HEADTEACHER, STOKENCHURCH PRIMARY SCHOOL, STOKENCHURCH, BUCKS.
"Ian Brealey carried out some work for us to brighten up our Key Stage 2 cloakroom area. The children were thrilled with the results. Ian always produces work of a high standard. He is professional and meticulous in the work that he does. We will definitely use him again."
MR MARTIN, HEADTEACHER, HIGHFIELD HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL, CHESTERFIELD, DERBYSHIRE.
"Mr Brealey completed a superb mural at our school during this term. We have had four panels painted and used our reading scheme as the theme. He spoke appropriately to very young children and adults alike about his work. He consulted regularly with myself about all aspects of the mural. The results are impressive !"
DR MARSHALL, HEADTEACHER, VIOLET LANE INFANTS` SCHOOL, BURTON UPON TRENT, STAFFORDSHIRE.
"Ian Brealey has transformed our library area from a non-stimulating, dark and dreary environment into a place where our children are keen to go. His murals are a very high standard and are bright and exciting for both children and adults. Ian worked well with the staff at our school and was always keen to listen to their ideas. He was very diligent and reliable. He always left the work area tidy and made sure it was safe for any children who walked by."
TIBSHELF INFANT & NURSERY SCHOOL, TIBSHELF, ALFRETON, DERBYSHIRE.
"Not only is he a talented artist but also he is very approachable and extremely patient with the children. They loved seeing the work develop. I would not hesitate to recommend Ian for similar projects."
MRS IRONMONGER, HEADTEACHER, SCARCLIFFE PRIMARY SCHOOL, SCARCLIFFE, DERBYSHIRE.
"3 walls have been painted and we now have a bright and colourful area for the children to play in. We are very happy with the results and would recommend Doodle Bug to other schools."
J.BRADSHAW, HEADTEACHER, WYBOURNE COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL, SHEFFIELD.
"Mr Brealey came to discuss our requirements - design, colour and specifications before commencing work. He offered many ideas and excellent, knowledgeable advice. Mr Brealey was totally professional, courteous, enthusiastic, diligent and showed a real personal interest. I highly recommend Mr Brealey as a person and as a craftsman. He is very reliable, responsible and his work is of a very high quality. He takes a real pride in his work and it shows."
MRS BRAILSFORD, HEADTEACHER, DANESMOOR INFANT SCHOOL, DANESMOOR, DERBYSHIRE. (THIS SCHOOL HAS NOW CLOSED)
"We are most grateful for the work carried out within our school, it is of a very high standard and many visitors have commented on the quality of the professional artwork. As a church school, the artwork visually supports our ethos and breaks barriers down when considering the messages of the Bible. The work was completed with little disruption to school and in a most professional manner. I would have no hesitation in recommending you to other schools and would certainly look to use you again at a future date."
MR GRIFFIN, HEADTEACHER, WOODTHORPE C.of.E. PRIMARY SCHOOL, MASTIN MOOR, DERBYSHIRE.
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