By Sheila Ceccarelli
Learners at Red2Green enjoyed the process of block printing in which they got totally immersed. Students were uninhibited by the mess and visible chaos of the session, which led on from Taking Rubbings and Making Compositions.
Tutors and students at Red2Green and their classroom turned into a print-studio during AccessArt’s residency
Learners at Red2Green getting to grips with block printing
Students used natural and made objects pressed into foam board to create patterns, textures and designs.
They then enjoyed ‘inking up’ their foam plates using water-based printing ink rolled onto acetate plates.
Derek creates a pattern on foam board by pressing electrical parts and cables into foam board
Creating designs by pressing small shells into foam board
Sheila demonstrates how to ‘ink up’ by rolling a thin layer of ink onto an acetate surface to distribute it over the roller and then to roll it evenly onto the plate to prepare for print
Steven rolls a thin layer of ink over acetate and then inks up his foam plate
After having rolled ink onto her roller from acetate, Alice inks up her foam plate
Alice creates repetitive designs using block printing
Alice – volunteer at Red2Green
Steven block printing: using a clean roller to press his print onto the paper
Steven’s prints – the design was created by pressing shells into foam board and then using it to create multiple prints
Making repetitive designs
Print by Steven
Prints by Derek
Andrew inking up his plate
Martin inking up
Martin revealing his print
And sharing his work with Luke
Adam’s work area
Print by Adam
Tutors Jeanette and Sharon at Red2Green look at Andrew’s work
Many thanks to students and tutors at Red2Green for allowing AccessArt to document this session.
Aspire to Create
In autumn 2015, AccessArt was invited to lead a series of practical workshops as part of an Arts Council, Grants for the Arts project, Aspire to Create which was managed and delivered by Red2Green.
Red2Green is a ‘Cambridgeshire charity providing services including learning, leisure and work opportunities for adults with a wide range of disabilities.’
To see all eight workshops in this series, tailored for adult learners, and exploring drawing, casting, printmaking, sculpture and colour, please refer to the Aspire to Create launch page here.