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Kids school and holiday art clubs

Pop Up Print Studio: Key stage 2, Day 1

Artist Nicole Line led day one of our Pop-Up Print Studio, introducing the children to the art of using a heat press to transfer designs onto fabric and paper.

Nicole began by introducing the heat press


And demonstrating different effects to dye paper.






The children then experimented with the different effects to make many samples of dispersed dyed paper.

DSC_0025 DSC_0026 DSC_0027 DSC_0028 DSC_0030 DSC_0031 DSC_0036 DSC_0037 DSC_0051 DSC_0055 DSC_0059This was a great fun way to start the morning. The colours were vibrant, as were our ideas! We were up for experimentation.

We then made small collaged pictures with pieces of our hand-made, dye dispersed paper.DSC_0154 DSC_0161


We were inspired by artists like Miro and Matisse.


Some were abstract…


and some told a story.

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We used many colour samplesDSC_0092 Alongside the papers we had madeDSC_0097 DSC_0100 DSC_0127 DSC_0123 DSC_0155 DSC_0135 DSC_0149 DSC_0153 DSC_0159 DSC_0174DSC_0186

After break we used our disperse dyed papers in the heat press. We drew with string onto a piece of fabric then put it through the press. The heat transfers the ink onto the paper or fabric, leaving a negative where an object like string has been.

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It created beautiful and dramatic effects.DSC_0270 DSC_0267 DSC_0245 DSC_0247 DSC_0259 DSC_0275 DSC_0258


We then began to layer our designs and printed onto a paper bag. We experimented by putting many things through the heat press; Lace, fabric and Doily….

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Here is one of our collaged designs made from disperse dyed paper


Here’s what it looks like when heat transferred onto a paper bag.



Tomorrow we will continue to experiment with printing techniques. Investigating the possibilities of the screen print.




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