Equipment you'll need
Relief printing ink
Paper and/or card (uncoated works best)
Cereal Box or recycled card
Non-porous tray or fridge shelf
Scissors or craft Knife
Cutting surface (mat)
If you are not confident to draw you can trace images from magazines or other references
Free Lockdown Printmaking Packs
Because our studio is closed and the PRESS AHEAD project has been put on hold, we wanted to do something to make the lockdown less stressful for our students, so we’ve come up with a Free Lockdown Printmaking Pack to send to them so they can make greetings cards at home. As this is Creativity and Wellbeing week, it seems timely that they were posted this morning.
As monoprinting was the very first thing we did on the project, we’ve put a short video on YouTube just to remind them of the technique. You can watch the video by going to the home page and clicking on the link and perhaps you'll fancy having a go yourself! If you do, send us a pic of your work and we'll display it here on the website. And if you enjoy the video, please share the link to your friends.
We’d like to thank Lawrence Art Supplies and EssDee for contributing towards our costs by giving us discounts and Cranfield Inks for their donation. All the equipment needed for monoprinting can be supplied by the above, your local craft shop or from us at the Tower Street Print Project...Enjoy!
Poster and flyer to advertise the PRESS AHEAD project
New project goes live
New Press Ahead Courses are funded by DWP
We have been awarded European Social Funding to deliver three of our unique PRESS AHEAD Programmes to help unemployed people get closer to the workplace. Fifteen students who started the courses at the beginning of January will learn various printmaking techniques to enable them to exhibit their art at an exhibition about work, at the Whistler Gallery in Ipswich.
The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jan Parry will open the exhibition for us at a private view on the 26th of March, to which local business leaders and employers will be invited.
We are in the fortunate position that the Department of Work and Pensions is able to fund two of our unique Press Ahead courses for people who need help to look for work and go to interviews. We have just begun these, with ten new students starting classes with us on a weekly basis, to create art for our next exhibition which will be on display in the Whistler Gallery at the end of March.
Discover Creative Careers
We are delighted to be supporting the Discover Creative Careers Campaign. Click on the PDF for information about the campaign and facts about working in the creative industries. As part of this we will be teaching 23 young people aged 9 to 11 years all about printmaking at Occold Primary School on Valentines day!
We are pleased to have been asked to help teachers give their pupils a headstart when it comes to incorporating art and especially printmaking into the curriculum. Our class will be held in the village hall and we just can't wait to get our young students creating Drypoint etchings like this!!