Skills-based masterclasses in a particular medium is one way an artist educators can enhance the arts curriculum offer in secondary art departments. At Chestnut Grove Academy, students in Year 7 – 9 worked with artist and designer Haidee Drew on a series of workshops learning how to screenprint on fabric, which formed part of their arts specialist programme.
Over the course of a day’s intensive workshops, students learnt about the process of creating paper stencils and layering colours to create final compositions. Students responded to poems they were studying in their English curriculum, The Tyger by William Blake, Dulce et Decorum Est and Exposure by Wilfred Owen.
With an emphasis on personal response, students discussed how they might want to represent the key themes and emotions of the poems they were studying and the imagery the poems evoked. Using a combination of text and images, students then created their layers in stencils and printed them, learning how to register their prints and taking into consideration layering the colours.
The resulting prints reflected the diverse range of student’s creative responses to the poetry, and showed an impressive grasp of the process which was mastered in the workshop.
I’m amazed I achieved this in one day! I wish I could do this everyday
Year 8 student