St Bonaventure’s School used a £750 Jack Petchey Small Grant to fund an intensive two-day etching workshop at the Thames Side Print Studio in Woolwich for a group of A Level Art students.
Over the two-day workshop, the sixth formers gained hands on printing experience and learnt new printing techniques. They got the chance to work in copper plate and etching which was extremely messy, fun and creative. The students were able to experience using the Rochat press and learnt intaglio techniques which they never would have been able to access in a classroom setting.
The students came back gushing about their experience. The print studio also had high praise for the work they produced, saying it was some of the best work they had ever seen.
One student, Philip said, “I feel I have improved as an artist by going to this workshop and the summer exams don’t seem as scary after this as I feel more confident in my ability.” Another student added, “It was brilliant and I never realised how messy we would get and how much fun we would have too.”
The Director of the Printworks, Carolyn Nicholl, added “There were lots of really lovely prints made during the two days and it was an engaging and rich experience. The students listened well and responded well to directions and they picked up the procedures quickly.”
By the end of the two days, the students became really confident using the copper plate and printing machines and they were exposed to a whole different media which they couldn’t have accessed in a classroom. It was a unique and challenging experience which will have a great impact on their A-Level grades.
The curriculum leader for art, Traci Gilroy, was extremely grateful to the Jack Petchey Foundation for giving the students this unique opportunity, saying “It’s the best workshop I have ever attended in my 22 years teaching Art”
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