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 has been provided to Primary and Secondary Schools to spark ideas for projects and artwork which will be displayed at The Coro during Printfest 2023.

Instructional videos

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.

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

Primary and Secondary

Primary and Secondary school pupils in the local area fully embraced our project. Using a range of printmaking techniques and a variety of creative responses to the brief, students produced an impressive collection of work. The work was on display over the Printfest weekend, up the stairway and on a screen in the Supper Room.

The 2023 brief

Aims: To learn about printmaking techniques

Gail Mason was voted as “Printmaker’s Printmaker” at this years Printfest weekend.

Gail Mason produces monotype screen prints of imagined or remembered landscapes. She says she is “looking to nature to inspire and delight me, I create fictive environments and revel in colour using it to set an emotional tone”. Explaining her practice as “taking colour for a dance”. The work is made up of layers of transparent and opaque paint.

We would like to ask Primary and Secondary school pupils, to respond to Gail’s work. The key words you could focus on could be imagination, colour or layering. The work submitted for display in Printfest 2023 does not have to be landscape in theme and can simply focus on one of these 3 words.

The outcome

• Show work at Printfest 2023.

• Admission to Printfest is free for all children and students so please do come and see your work on display on the weekend 29
th April to 30th April 2023.

For further information about getting involved please email: est.smith@hotmail.co.uk or Lorraine.Thompson@cumbria.gov.uk

Huge thanks to these amazing sponsors for materials for the schools project: