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Printed and Dyed Textiles

Explore & experiment with a range of print techniques onto fabrics. develop print designs from sketchbooks. There will be a Museum visit each term. Suitable for all abilities.

Term 1: Block printing, monoprint and dyed fabrics.

Term 2: Screen printing using a range of stencil techniques including photo-stencils.

Term 3: Mixed-media printing: screen print, digital print, transfer print, hand-painting, resist and hand stitch.

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Who is this course for

For beginners and those with some prior art and design experience, who wish to return to refresh skills and build up print techniques. This is a structured course that offers a progression of learning over the year. You can join the course termly or for the year. Classes are friendly and informal, and you can build up your skills at your own pace.

What does this course cover

The course will give you an introduction to fabric printing and dyed textile techniques. The aim of the course is for students to explore a variety of block, stencil making and fabric printing skills, learn about dyes, print and fabrics.
You are encouraged to develop a creative approach to printed textiles, build up confidence and enjoyment working with fabrics.
Explore images, colour mixing, mark making, surface texture and pattern, experiment with print techniques and fabrics. Collect visual research to inspire and develop your project.
There will be museum/gallery visit once a term. Students will be encouraged to explore the design process via visual research, sketchbook, design ideas/ experimentation to printed fabric and fabric product.
At the beginning of the course a project theme is suggested by the tutor, or you can use a personal project theme. Returning students can develop an individual programme that is structured to add new goals to those already achieved, in agreement with the tutor.
Students can work on a range of printed and dyed fabric samples, exploring print techniques and produce a final printed textile prototype product/art textile for the end of the term. During the course the digital design process using Photoshop will be introduced as a means of creating a design, and stencil for prints Students have the opportunity to submit work to exhibitions held at the Mary Ward Centre during the year.

By the end of the course students will have:
1. Collected visual research and used it as inspiration for textile design
2 .Explored a range of design ideas-printing onto fabric, experimented with a range of printed textile techniques and materials, explored motif, colour, pattern and texture. Used and combined techniques. Selected a design for development.
3. Developed an understanding of printed and dyed textiles-design, processes, properties of materials and suitability of chosen techniques. Developed confidence in the subject area.
4. Final outcome-Selected from design ideas and produced a final textile product/art textile by the end of the course that demonstrates an understanding of design and a progression of skills and techniques learnt on the course.
5. Understood and followed the Health and Safety guidelines when using equipment and materials e.g.: wearing protective clothing when handling dyes, appropriate care cutting stencils and blocks for printing, using electrical equipment safely.
6. Returning students will be able to structure a personal project in agreement with the tutor that will develop an understanding of print design, extend print skills and combine techniques in new work. The final textile outcome to demonstrate a further progression of learning.

What will it be like

Handouts on techniques, suppliers lists for equipment and materials will be given. Demonstrations of dyeing and printing practice i.e.: How to screen-print a design, prepare a dye bath etc, will be given to the students during the course. Images of print techniques, printed fabric samples, books showing examples of textile design and work by designer makers will be shown to the group for inspiration. Demonstration and discussion will take place in a group and to the individual students.

One to one discussion between tutor and student; group discussions.
Feedback is available from the tutor throughout the course

What else do you need to buy or do

Information about the course will be given to students at the first session of each term.
To each session you should bring:
* Apron/overall for print and dye classes-textile inks can stain -wear old clothes for printing
* A4/A5 sketchbook or file
Visual ideas to inspire your prints
* HB Pencil, fine black pen
* Roll of masking tape
* Inks and dyes are provided by the college.
Fabric is available to buy from the tutor at each class, or you can bring in your own fabric remnants. Specific Information for dye classes will be given at the beginning of the term.
It would be helpful for students to bring along to class sketchbook/file, drawings, photos and images for inspiration. Students are expected to prepare some visual research, design ideas or stencils, during the week to help them to benefit fully from the time available in practical classes.

What this course could lead to

Join other Art classes at Mary Ward Centre and elsewhere. There is an accredited and progression programme of art e.g. Pre-foundation, Foundation and Advanced Practice at Mary Ward Centre.

There is detailed information in reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectus for other London Colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please talk to your tutor.

Information about learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: Tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:,,,,

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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