Urban Prints


Please note that this workshop will only be running until Fri 30th March 2012.

Join us on an interactive exploration of Manchester through the eyes of the artists who’ve depicted our city. Pupils build a vocabulary to describe the urban landscape then learn experimental drawing techniques and explore the print making process to create architectural cityscapes

Aims (Skills, Knowledge, Activity, Result)

  • To discuss and share ideas relating to the city using historical and contemporary paintings to understand what urban means.
  • To encourage pupils to work co-operatively in order to produce large scale cityscape drawings.
  • To understand the creative process of an artist by following the steps of observational drawing, frottage (rubbings) and printing.
  • To encourage pupils to experiment with different techniques used in drawing and printing.
  • To share and reflect, offer critical comments and discuss ideas on continuing printing back at school

What happens in a workshop

Looking at how different artists represent different aspects of the city, pupils will discuss and share their ideas.
We move onto observational drawing, using the views of Manchester city centre using drawing activities based on surrealist creative drawing methods. This activity encourages all pupils to become confident at drawing.
We then look at the work of artist Max Ernst, to follow his creative process to produce an artwork. We start by discussing Petrified City, highlighting the colours and techniques used to gain understanding of the emotions and meanings contained within the painting.
Through a series of demonstrations, pupils are shown how to transform their drawing into a print. The artwork is a cityscape using frottage collage and mono-print.

Prepare for your visit

  • Discuss with pupils what they think a printing is and how a print can be made.
  • Ask pupils what a cityscape is. How is it different from a landscape? It would be useful if they had looked at and drawn cityscapes.
  • Discuss with the children the value of experiencing real artworks through a gallery visit, rather than seeing reproductions.
  • Split the class into 5 mixed ability groups.

What people are saying about the session

The staff who visited felt the session was excellent. We were very impressed with the way in which many different activities were completed within the one session.
Teacher: St Anne’s Primary School.
I enjoyed it because we got to do different activities, but did not know it was leading up to something bigger
Year 6 pupil, St Anne’s Primary School.

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