Textile printing

Textile printing

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

Key Stage:

KS2 Art National Curriculum: Primary Art.

Learning Objectives:

Pupils should be taught: to increase their proficiency in the handling of different materials


The eight films show the key stages of a banner printing workshop which was delivered on one day by artist Jacqui Smith with a group 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.

Making a block

Making a block to print with. Making a block Card and foam bird block for printing Card and foam bird block for printing


Painting a big, bold design onto the block. Printing the block Mixing and blending block and printing

Tree print

Making a block using cut-out shapes. Tree block print Printing more complicated forms using block printing


Designing for a monoprint. Design for monoprinting Making design for a mono print using perpex


Painting onto  a perspex sheet. Mono printing Inking your perpex sheet

Bird print

Printing from a perspex sheet Bird mono print More mono print demonstration


Painting with textile inks. Inking around the prints Using textile inks

End product

Teacher and children reflect on the workshop. End product Large scale banner and feedback.

Development Activity:

This workshop would work equally well with a Year 5 group or in an Art Club setting. This workshop can be built upon wtih further investigation of artists using textiles including watching the Maddi Nicholson film on Culture Street where she uses various textile techniques. Maddi Nicholson page

Research, Notes and Links:

We have produced a lesson plan to accompany this workshop.