The Fantastical Piece Hall through Print and Press

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Did you know a man called Blondin once did a tightrope walk across The Piece Hall? What about when the elephant came to town? Inspired by artist Joanna Neborsky's illustrations of Felix Felon's 3 line novels, over the course of 11 weeks you will work with archive images and articles to reimagine and re-tell our stories and memories of The Piece Hall. Through hands on printing and drawing activities you will be guided by practicing artists, print technician's and the Piece Hall's new learning team to create your own beautiful illustrated one page stories.

Course aim

During this course we will explore the Piece Hall and its history. You will work with archive images and articles to re-imagine and re-tell stories and memories of The Piece Hall, through a range of creative processes including drawing and print.

Who is the course for?

What topics will this course cover

The course will cover a range of topics including: - Exploring archives and picking out stories and narratives. - Drawing and illustration - Printmaking techniques e.g Monoprinting - Letterpress - Screen print

What will it be like?

WEA classes are friendly and supportive. You will be encouraged to work together with your fellow students and tutor. You will be asked to share your ideas and views in the class and work with the group to give and accept feedback in a supportive environment. The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you to be actively involved in your learning. You may be asked to undertake work to support your course outside of your class.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

Have a broader knowledge of the Piece Hall, its history and its stories. Compose your own one-page story about the Piece Hall. Use a range of drawing and print-making techniques to produce illustrations to accompany your story. Produce a letterpress print Combine several elements of drawn and printed materials in order to create a final, screen-printed story.

How will I know I'm making progress?

You will be supported by the tutor and given 1:1 feedback throughout the course to encourage your practical and theoretical learning. You will visually see the progress you are making as you amass a collection of research and samples which demonstrate different techniques. We will also use peer reviews to share our ideas and work as a group and gain feedback from fellow learners.

What else do I need to know, do or bring?

Work can be stored at The Artworks, but alternatively students may want to bring something to store work in, for example a box file or ring binder with plastic wallets. Basic materials are provided as part of the course, but students are welcome to bring additional materials if they wish during the course.

Reading and information sources

No reading or preparation is required, archive materials will be provided during the course.

What could the course lead to?

This is a pilot workshop representing a collaboration between The Artworks, The Piece Hall and the WEA, but if successful the course may run again and also develop into further courses which students may be interested in. They may also want to explore techniques from this course in more depth, for example on our Drawing for Beginners or Printmaking courses at The Artworks.

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