Textile Printing

Textile Printing

This textiles workshop shows printing and painting techniques replicable in any school. The group from Burnley, Lancashire made a hanging textile banner using water based textile inks. The workshop was led by artist Jacqui Smith.

The eight films show the key stages of making a hanging banner. The workshop was delivered on one day with a whole class of Year 6 pupils. The large design was created from a collection of individual block and mono prints which were brought together into one design by the painting of the background with water based inks. The two main techniques demonstrated are block printing, for which Jacqui uses cut out foam shapes on a cardboard backing and mono printing on a perpex sheet. The materials used are a pure cotton fabric (synthetic will probably not work) and fabric printing dyes mixed with pva. Jacqui explains why these materials are used in the films. It is suggested that each individual block is tested on paper before printing on the fabric to check it prints well and to give the children an idea of the thickness of the ink needed.

Key Stage:

KS2 Art and Design


The eight films show different ways of printing textiles and includes students working both individually and in a group.
This lesson plan can be used to:
To start a textile project.
To develop ideas and understanding of processes and materials.
As part of study of any artist using textiles in their work.
As part of individual study.

Making a block

The students begin by making a foam bird block for printing.


Painting a big, bold design onto the block. Printing the block

Tree print

Printing more complicated forms using block printing.

Designing for a monoprint

Making design for a mono print using a perspex sheet


Painting onto a perspex sheet to produce a one off print. Collaging together individual prints to make a group work.

Bird mono-print

One example of mono-printing by a student produces multicoloured decorative bird design.

Using textile inks

Painting with textile inks around the prints to unify the design

End product

The teacher and the children reflect on the workshop and their work.

Development Activity:

Elsewhere on CultureStreet there are other lesson plans that might support or develop this activity.


Silk painting

and the work of Yinka Shonibare

Learning Objectives:

Pupils should be taught:
To increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials
Elements covered in this workshop include:
Block printing

Research, Notes and Links:

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