Release Date: 24 March 2013
Thanks to a grant from Stroud Arts Festival, the Museum in the Park has been able to offer four days of free printmaking workshops for primary school groups during March. The hands-on sessions have been led by tutors from the Gloucestershire Printmaking Co-operative, all of them currently exhibiting as part of IMPRESS 13 International Printmaking Festival.
The children, from Callowell, Foxmoor and Randwick Primary Schools, learned different printmaking techniques, guided by their expert tutors: some created monoprints and made their own blocks to print a repeat-pattern border; some tried drypoint, and others used the printing press to experiment with intaglio printing.
The children were inspired the work by Antonio Romoleroux from Quito, Ecuador, currently showing in Gallery 2. They found references to animals in the prints, and some groups linked Antonio Romoleroux's mark-making and patterns to the Museum's archaeology collection; beautiful designs resulted after viewing the Saxon brooch and comb in 'And Then Came People'.
"Some of the prints made by the schoolchildren are now on display in Gallery 2," explained Ann Taylor, Museum Learning Officer. " It was a very difficult task to choose which to show - some wonderful prints were created by the children!"
IMPRESS '13 exhibitions, including work by pupils, continue at the Museum until 31st March (closed on Good Friday, 29th March).