IGNITE / Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

During my visit to Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, I worked with three groups from year 5.

The project with the first two groups was based on mythological creatures and we made singular screen prints onto fabric and bigger collaborative prints which featured layers of the earth from the underworld to the sea, land and air and the creatures that dwell in each.

The project with the third group was based on the Northwest Coast Art of the Native American tribes of North America.  In addition to a collaborative print, his group also created singular detailed multi colour designs.

Absolutely fantastic work!

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IGNITE / Street House Primary School

My visit to Street House Primary School was inspired by the Jungle Paintings of Henri Rousseau.  We made screen prints onto fabric of animals, plants and flowers which will then be made into an installation in the school.

Photographs of the finished installation to follow soon!


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IGNITE / Hendal Lane Primary School

My visit to Hendal Lane was inspired by the art and architecture of Friedensreich Hundertwasser.

We discussed the symbolism in Hundertwasser’s paintings and architecture  and his connection to nature and what that means to us.  We explored the relevance of the phenomenal spiral which he includes in most of his work and how this symbol is also reflected in nature.  Colour was also a really important part of his work and we experimented with warm and cool bright colours.

Foundation stage experimented with relief and mono printing to make Hundertwasser inspired flower windmills which will be exhibited in the garden.

Years 1 and 2 explored mono printing and poly printing which will then be made into Hundertwasser style collages.

Years 3 – 6 screen printed their own fabric which was inspired by the phenomenal spiral.  These fabric prints will be made into a large exhibition in the school hall.

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IGNITE / West Bretton Primary School

The workshops at West Bretton Primary School focused on their expedition to Lesotho in 2015.  We made prints inspired by african textiles onto tote bags and tea towels that will be sold to raise funds for the trip.  Copies of each printed item were also made so they can also be exhibited in school.

In addition to this, we made prints onto fabric that focused on the contrasting landscape between Wakefield and Lesotho, particularly focusing on trees as this directly relates to the issue of permaculture in Lesotho and the importance of planting trees (the school will be planting trees during their trip).

These fabric prints will be made into two murals, one of which will stay at school and the other will be given as a gift to the exchange school in Lesotho.

Brilliant work!

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IGNITE / St Joseph’s RC Primary School

During the 4 days I spent at St Joseph’s, I worked with every class to make beautiful birds to decorate their school.

We started by screen printing positive affirmations of our choice, photocopies of these prints were made and these will exhibited.  The original card prints were then made into 3D birds.

One lucky pupil was chosen to feature in the installation which starts in the corridor and spreads all around school.

I can’t wait to go back for a visit when all of the birds are in flight! (there were literally hundreds of them!)


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IGNITE / South Parade Primary School

The new year started with a return trip to South Parade Primary School, this time we made screen prints based on the seasons to add to the large scale exhibition in the school hall.

In addition to our prints, we also worked in groups to create giant paper quilts which featured mind maps of each season.

Once again, the work produced was fantastic!

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Moor Allerton Primary School / Centenary Celebrations

We spent 3 days at Moor Allerton Preparatory School in West Didsbury to work with every pupil (all 237 of them!) to create work to celebrate their centenary year.

Using elements of the interior and exterior of the school itself, from architecture to floor tiles to the school bell,  we made pop art prints onto fabric which as you can see are super!

The younger children explored mono printing, relief printing and lino printing also inspired by these elements which was equally as exciting.

The fabric prints are to be stitched together to create a large scale piece which will not only be on permanent display in school but it will also feature as the backdrop for the schools summer performance at the stockport plaza.  The rest of the prints will be exhibited around school with one additional piece in the main reception.

A big thank you to everyone at Moor Allerton who helped make this project possible and to all the parents that came to help too. Everyone including ourselves had a fantastic 3 days.

“The buzz in the art room last week was clearly evident as the children busied themselves in the printing process. There were wows of delight and open mouths as the children’s prints revealed themselves. Sally did a wonderful job at giving all the children the chance to succeed and experiment. Bringing the experts in was a great inspiration for our budding young artists.”                 

Amanda Rooth-Geupel – Arts Co Ordinator / Teacher


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IGNITE / Oyster Park Primary School

During a two day residency with Oyster Park Primary School, I worked with both classes from year 4.

Our aim was to make work which could be displayed in the communal area of the classroom and our inspiration was the work of William Morris.

After looking at examples and discussing his work, we embarked on collage making by deconstructing and re constructing photocopies of his work to make our own William Morris style pieces.

This task prior to printing was important as we learnt about repeat pattern, composition, symmetry and our colour palette. It was also a good exercise in dexterity as there was a lot of accurate cutting required.

Once we had explored lots of inspiration and ideas, everyone created stencils and screen printed their designs onto fabric.

Lots of parents came along to help with the sessions and the teachers were brill, everyone got stuck in which was super!

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IGNITE / South Parade Primary School

The first residency for the IGNITE programme began with a fantastic four days at South Parade Primary School.

I worked with years 1 to 6 to create screen printed pieces which will be used to decorate the school hall.

Our theme for the week was aboriginal art which meant we explored symbolism in nature and art, story telling and aboriginal culture and paintings.

The prints have been stitched onto hessian to form 5 large murals which will be on permanent exhibition at school.

Everyone had such a fantastic week, including the huge number of staff who helped with the sessions, the head teacher even joined us for a whole afternoon, thank you!

Nice work South Parade!















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