Things took a botanical twist in the Art room as The Prep welcomed budding Year 5 printmakers from Airthrie School, Naunton Park Primary and The Richard Pate School to the annual Print @ The Prep workshop.
Taking inspiration art deco floral designs, photographs from the beautiful Kew Gardens and freshly collected leaves and flowers from the grounds, the pupils sat together to design simple prints. Once they had decided on a design, they were able to practise lino cutting and reduction printing with a chine collé. There was also the opportunity to have a go at collograph making, using mounting board with textured wallpapers, stickers, feathers, string and tape.
It was great to see pupils learning and understanding the differences between reduction and relief printing. By the end of the session, each of the artists was able to apply different types of ink: for the lino prints they applied ink with a roller in single colours, and for the collographs, with a stencil brush using a stippling motion.
Whilst many of the pupils had previously tried lino cutting at school or at home, they were delighted to make collograph prints using the large etching press in the Cheltenham Prep Art room.
“We had a wonderful group of pupils this year, who made the day a real pleasure,” said Mrs Parsley, Head of Art at The Prep. “I hope they have had a little insight into the variety of print making techniques and outcomes that can be achieved really quite easily. One of the children said she didn’t want to go home. What a lovely thing to hear!”