Printfest in Schools
Learning about printmaking
We aim to inspire young people with printmaking, encouraging the use of printmaking techniques and an appreciation of printmaking by others.
A printmaking brief for 2023 was provided to Primary and Secondary Schools to spark ideas for projects and artwork which was displayed at The Coro during Printfest 2023.
Secondary and Primary school printmaking showreel from 2023
Comments from schools and school children in response to the Printfest weekend:
“I just wanted to say how fantastic Print Fest was this year, and seeing the students work presented so professionally was incredible. So thank you” UVHS
“My project for Printfest was great, once I was looking at my artwork in the gallery, it shone right in front of my eyes and I enjoyed it throughout the experience” Student from Lakes School
“I like how Printfest gives young artists an opportunity to be seen” Student from Lakes School
“The children get the opportunity to work to a brief and have their work displayed in a gallery. It gave our children a sense of achievement” teacher from Ramsden Infants School
“The children loved printing! It is very sensory and suited their needs” Teacher from Sandgate School
“It was great for the students to have their work exhibited outside of school. It raises their aspirations as well as their motivation levels” Teacher from Settlebeck School
“Lovely to have so many students involved. I really like that you do free teacher places on the courses” exhibiting Artist
“Great to see. Keep it going. Art in school is vital.” exhibiting Artist
“I am impressed by the variety of work produced and with the way it has been hung” Hilary Paynter, Printmaker of the Year
“I am trying to pick someone who has a slightly different voice, has a bit of individuality coming through, anyone can make a print, but how do you move out of the milieu, how do you make it powerful? Not pretty but powerful?” Gail Mason, Printmakers’ Printmaker and schools’ Judge
Please feel free to use these during lessons, pausing the instructions as you go along ~ Click the image to view the videos in YouTube.
Relief Printing with Polyblock ~ Anyone can use this instructional video for learning how to create some simple printmaking techniques that can be done in any space.
Monoprinting with stencils part I Anyone can use this instructional video for learning how to create some simple printmaking techniques that can be done in any space.
Monoprinting part II Anyone can use this instructional video for learning how to create some simple printmaking techniques that can be done in any space.
Primary and Secondary school printmaking showreel from 2022
Above is a selection of the prints created by the school children in response to the brief
The YOUNG Printmaker of the Year Award winners
~ Shannon ~ Ulverston Victoria High Secondary School
~ Peter ~ Broughton-in-Furness CE Primary School