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Schools and ArtsMark


Linden Print Studio is part of the Artsmark Partnership Programme.


What I can do for your school / organisation:

  • Deliver Continuing Professional Development sessions

  • Provide advice on art curriculum development, with a particular focus on printmaking

  • Help with writing risk assessments for printmaking activities

  • Run printmaking workshops for participants of all ages either at your setting or at the Print Studio

  • Talks about Art History, Artists or Printmaking

  • Help you purchase printmaking equipment and recommend suppliers

  • Work with you to help you achieve your Artsmark Award


What is Artsmark?

Artsmark is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England.

It supports settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education.

To find out more about Artmark, follow this link.


Why Artsmark?

Every young person should have the opportunity to be creative, and to experience and participate in arts and culture.


There are seven Quality Principles that are embedded in the Artsmark award:

  • Striving for excellence and innovation

  • Being authentic

  • Being exciting, inspiring and engaging

  • Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience

  • Actively involving children and young people

  • Enabling personal progression

  • Developing belonging and ownership


These principles are also central to Vega’s work as an educator, where learning is an empowering process. Collaboration, partnership and long-lasting connections are all key to a successful project.


How can I help you with your Artsmark journey?

As an experienced educator, Vega can deliver high-quality experiences that fit with your organisation’s strategic aims. Projects are never ‘off the shelf’, and closely tailored to the needs and requirements of your organisation. Documentation, research and evidencing progression can be built into project work as required.


What’s on offer?

All of the following workshops are accompanied by appropriate Risk Assessments:


Etching (KS4/A level)

This workshop teaches participants how to use non-toxic chemicals to etch either onto small zinc, copper or aluminium plates to create fine lines, areas of tone and deep relief (aluminium). They will print on Fabriano paper using an etching press and professional quality materials. Each participant will be able to produce several prints. If taught over two days, we can do aquatint or multiple bites to create different thicknesses of line and areas of tone.


Gel plate printing (KS2-A level)

Fast and fun, using acrylic paints. This has lots in common with monoprinting and is good for nature printing, layering and learning how to mix and use colour. Great for primary schools or for older students who need encouraging to be more experimental. A great way of generating lots of vibrant, layered prints in a short amount of time.


Collagraph (KS3-A level)

Participants will learn how to create a sculptural plate that can either be printed as an intaglio or relief print. This is best taught over two weeks as time is needed for the plates to dry before printing. Collagraph prints are typically quite textured and work well with subjects such as architecture, landscapes or abstract forms.


Drypoint (KS3-A level)

Using recyclable plastic, participants will learn how to use a variety of marks to create a detailed plate that can be printed either in one colour or several, using the a la poupée method of inking. They will produce several prints using thick paper and professional intaglio press.


Letterpress (KS2-A level)

Participants will learn about traditional letterpress printing and graphic design, typefaces and know the difference between ‘muttons’ and ‘nuts’. They will use a vintage Adana letterpress to print a short phrase or word using lead type onto paper.


Monoprinting (KS2-A level)

This workshop will teach participants about the differences between monoprints and monotypes, reductive and additive prints and layered monotypes. Each monoprint technique has different qualities and is particularly good for working with a set of images or a theme. A two day workshop will generate many prints which can be used as development work for portfolios.


Linocut / Reduction Linocut (KS3-A level)

Participants will learn how to create the perfect linocut print using professional-grade materials and a portable press. This technique is particularly good for creating images with impact and a strong sense of design and/or pattern. The two-day Reduction Linocut course will enable participants to register two or more colours perfectly to create layered prints.


Block Printing on Fabric (KS2-A level)

Participants will learn about tessellation and traditional printing on fabric. Using adhesive foam on acrylic blocks, they will create a design which repeats and can be layered with other colours. The fabric will be washable after ironing.


Custom workshop/INSET

Vega can deliver custom workshops based on the needs of your organisation over half a day/whole day/several days.

Possible areas could include

  • Taster day – a bit of everything, 2 or 3 printmaking techniques

  • Writing a printmaking scheme of work

  • Chinese printmaking and traditional woodcut art, stone seal carving

  • carborundum printmaking

  • gum arabic printing

  • gyotaku (fish printing)

  • Japanese bookbinding, experimental bookbinding

  • pattern design into print

  • chine collé

  • artist development sessions

  • history of printmaking and letterpress talks and demonstrations

Materials are supplied at cost price per participant, and organisations/schools are welcome to supply their own materials. A small nominal fee for inks and to cover depreciation in specialist equipment may still be applicable. Mileage will be charged at 45p per mile.

Small groups (maximum 6) can be taught at Linden Print Studio but must be accompanied by teaching staff.

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