When the opportunity arose to run a t-shirt printing workshop at Abbey Court School, I jumped at the chance! The school's aim "to offer opportunities and experiences for pupils to learn in a multitude of different ways and through a rich, varied and individualised curriculum" is something close to my heart - especially when it comes to screen printing. Because of the range of techniques that can be used to produce a print, it is a skill that can be mastered and enjoyed by all ages and all abilities.
We used a sticker-stencil technique so that any movement of the t-shirt during the process would not interfere with the final design. Everyone got to choose a bright colour and then printed their t-shirt. You can see more in FE news on page 10 of the school's newsletter.
The school already had two screens, so armed with a new technique, they will be designing and producing bags and t-shirts to sell and raise money for their Carnival of the Animals event later this year.
A huge thank you to the students for letting me come along and to Sam Naraine, the newly appointed Pupil Ambassador, for all of his help. For an interview with Sam to find out more about his job role click here.