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An excellent hands-on learning opportunity for Inverness students

These grade two students at Inverness Education Centre/Academy loved their field trip to the Inverness County Centre for the Arts for their class in screen printing.

 June 8, 2022

-by April MacDonald
    When you were in school, weren’t field trips just the best? Especially when the end of the school year was fast approaching.
    Last month, Charlene MacKinnon’s grade two class had the opportunity to flex their creative muscles at the Inverness County Centre for the Arts (ICCA).
    Executive director, Ash Young, contacted The Oran to highlight what great exposure it is for these young students to see all that the arts centre has to offer.

    The weather permitted so the class was able to get some fresh air and walk from the school over to ICCA to participate in a screen printing class with Adrienne Gasior.
    Gasior has a bachelor of fine arts degree in visual arts from the University of Victoria.
    What is screen printing process, you might ask?
    Screen printing is the process of transferring a stencilled design onto a flat surface using a mesh screen, ink, and a squeegee. Fabric and paper are the most commonly screen-printed surfaces, but with specialized inks it’s also possible to print onto wood, metal, plastic, and even glass.
    Reaching out to the artist and teacher, Gasior said that there are many forms of printmaking, many traditional forms such as woodcut, etching, engraving, Lithography, and screen printing.
    “There are many ways to experiment at home with printmaking such as potato stamps, citrus stamps, carving into styrofoam plates, carving into tin foil or cardboard,” she explained.
    Gasior said that in terms of providing instruction to young people printmaking is ideal.
    “Printmaking is a great medium for students to explore positive and negative lines, positive and reverse design,” said Gasior.
    “Lino prints are now made from very soft material, similar to a giant eraser, so very accessible for younger students to carve independently,” she added.
    Gasior said that it is also a great medium for students to turn their drawings into an image they can repeatedly print.
    “This is a very hands-on medium, students very quickly and naturally engage with the process,” she closed.
    Speaking with the students, they said that they loved the day and took the opportunity to design some of their favourite characters or to simply make happy pictures of fish or rainbows and also sunshine and flowers.
    Deanna Gillis, with the SRCE, said that the school and the Centre for Education love to support these wonderful hands-on leaning opportunities.








































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