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Tidemarks – Printmaking, Plastics and our Coastline

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Northern Print is inviting expressions of interest from schools working with Key Stage 2 pupils.

Following funding from Ernest Cook Trust we are offering a printmaking and environmental project focused on the issue of plastic waste in our seas. The activity has been designed to link with the national curriculum for science, art and design and geography at KS2 and will deliver two days of free workshop activity to each successful school.

We are initially offering this opportunity to schools in North Tyneside which are ideally within walking distance of the coast.

The activity for each school will include:

  • An introduction to the themes of the ‘Tidemarks’ project and looking at artwork by artists that have responded to the sea;
  • A visit to a local beach to look at plastic waste and to safely collect samples of this;
  • A printmaking workshop using plastic waste collected from the beach – the process used will be collagraph enabling the pupils to print seascapes directly from plastic waste.
  • The project has been planned to enable all the pupils to achieve Arts Award at either Discover or Explore level;
  • The project will culminate in an exhibition of work produced by all four participating schools at Northern Print.

All project costs will be met by Northern Print through funding received from the Ernest Cook Trust. Participating schools must commit to:

  • Two days during the summer term 2019.
  • Transport to and from the site visit to the coast – though we anticipate that schools close to the coast will be able to walk to the beach.
  • Engaging fully with Northern Print during the planning, delivery and evaluation to ensure the project is a success for all.


Northern Print will provide high quality printmaking materials and equipment. The activity will be led by our experienced team who hold DBS. We have public liability insurance and carry out detailed risk assessments on all our activities.

If your school is interested in participating ‘Tidemarks’, please contact Anna Wilkinson, Director of Northern Print by phone (0191 2617000) or email (anna@northernprint.org.uk) BY FRIDAY 1 MARCH 2019. For further information about Northern Print visit www.northernprint.org.uk

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