Category Archives: Community print projects

Posts about developing and running community printmaking projects with a range of different groups.

You will find ideas for community printmaking projects you can organise yourself with local community groups, your colleagues, friends and family members. The activities are all safe and accessible, giving the opportunity for people of mixed abilities to join in and work together on collective activities.

The examples include older people in care homes and community mental health groups. I have also included engagement activities linked to museum collections and art gallery exhibitions, as well as adult learning and community printmaking projects in libraries and community centres.

Printmaking is great for getting people involved:

You can achieve quick results with minimal experience and also continue to develop your skills as far as you want to. This is an aspect of work that I love and it is an endlessly rich source of surprise, insight and learning.

 

Engrossed printmakers at the Community String Printing Workshop

Community String Printing Workshop

When I got a call from York Explore asking for activities for the Fun Palace weekend I was certain that a community string printing workshop would be truly accessible for everyone and popular too.

Passing printmaking on to a new generation

We set up the table in the busy Continue reading

Cat on the beach

Printed Postcards from Bridlington

People of all ages joined in with this community project to make printed postcards from Bridlington. It was part of the Artwaves festival, the idea being to bring people together and celebrate Bridlington and East Yorkshire.

The ‘Wolds Wonders’ started it off. This lively theatre group Continue reading

boxes bags and tags made from marbled paper

Paper Marbling with Blueberry Academy

Do you look forward to work on a Monday morning?

marbled paper with waves

marbled paper with waves

For the past few weeks I have pedalled in to Blueberry Academy to run a paper marbling project. Its fun, its creative – Monday mornings are great!

Blueberry Academy provides specialist support for adults with learning difficulties.

Based in York with branches in Continue reading

holding finished cushion up for the camera

Art in Care Homes; cushions

Elderly residents in care homes can often lack stimulation or a meaningful focus to their day. Sociable activities that help to connect people with each other and encourage movement and response are beneficial and above all fun.

hugging the finished cushion

hugging the finished cushion

For this project the brief was to devise an art in care homes activity that anyone could join in with, whatever their abilities. As many residents have memory impairments the activities have to be engaging and produce quick results.

The plan was to print our own Continue reading