VIVID Young Creatives welcomes Hannah Webb and Anne Struebel at Witchford Village College, Witchford
As part of the evaluation of the ACE funded, 40 Artist Educator resources, AccessArt has joined forces with Cambridge School of Art at Anglia Ruskin University to bring a workshop programme of visiting visual artists or ‘creative practitioners’ into four Cambridgeshire schools. The project is supported by VIVID (Value Increase by Visual Design) a “2 Seas” cross-border cooperation programme co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The project has been coordinated and managed by AccessArt.
After completing a certificate in Fine Art Printmaking Anne joined a Cambridgeshire based Print Centre as a tutor. Working with students of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds, gives Anne the ability to share her skills and grow and develop her own printmaking style. As a practising artist-printmaker Anne create prints using a variety of techniques; Photopolymer Intaglio, Monoprint and Dry point.
Teaches printmaking for an educational charity, and lectures in Illustration for Cambridge School of Art, with a particular focus on reportage drawing. She exhibits paintings regularly, with work in the Ruth Borchard Collection, plus many private collections, and has illustrated books for educational publishers.
Anne and Hannah worked with one group of thirty year nine students at Witchford Village College, Witchford, Cambridgeshire. Keith McPherson, head of Art at Witchford had wanted to develop printmaking in his department and make good use of their printing press.
Anne and Hannah generously shared their knowledge of dry point etching and monoprinting in an ambitious, action packed day. As well as teaching traditional techniques and giving students the chance to work with printing presses and top quality professional materials, students also engaged in a broader, collaborative project inspired by the history and characteristic architecture of Witchford.
Students were commissioned to work in teams of five to use prints, created throughout the day, to decorate a chosen panel, which the artists had pre-prepared in the shapes of the old pub, hospital, manor house and sweet shop. This activity gave the students an opportunity to take ownership of their newly learnt printing skills and apply them to a creative activity.
“We wanted to help students celebrate Witchford, and on our trawls through the village website, came across a local illustrated document, which featured many village buildings, past and present. This was a useful resource for us. From this we could use the outlines of the various buildings to make large cutout buildings. We presented these to the students, with a little information about each one. They could use the internet in their studio, with further access to information they needed, for example, dress from a particular time in the history of their building.
The students worked in groups of up to five, and could negotiate tasks between themselves about what needed to be prepared for their building. They could use the printing methods we demonstrated, to make figures with which to populate the building, and surface textures and patterns for the exteriors. The students loved the window apertures and exploited these in beautifully or comical ways.” Hannah Webb
Many thanks to Loren McCarthy, for so beautifully documenting the session and skilfully editing the images for this post.
Thank you also to Katherine Von Glos for her help and support behind the scenes and making this project possible and Chris Owen, head of Cambridge School of Art for wanting this project to happen.
Thank you to Keith McPherson, joint Head of Art at Witchford Village College, Witchford who welcomed us into his stunning Art department.
Thank you to the students of Witchford Village College, Cambridgeshire, for being so open and receptive to new ideas and letting us document their process.
And finally, a huge thank you to Hannah Webb and Anne Struebel for sharing their skills and delivering such an inspiring project.