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Surface Textile Skills Workshop (Manchester)


Manchester – Sat 2nd October

Textiles and Art Skills workshop, exploring artists and craft makers through record, develop, refine and present, for GCSE/A Level Art & Design courses.


Surface Textiles Skills Workshop

Venue:   Flixton Girls School
| Flixton Road | Urmston M41 5DR
TIMES:   9:30 – 15:30

An exciting practical face-to-face textiles skills course,
for Teachers of GCSE & A Level Textiles for both Art & Design and D&T.

This is a totally practical day doing a large variety of Surface Textile Techniques. This course is aimed at Textile and Art teachers who are either new to teaching GCSE/A Level Art & Design or those who want to add to their resources by spending a whole day developing exciting new ideas for surface techniques linked to a large variety of relevant artists and designers.

    • Learn and practice new and exciting skills that will enhance your teaching
    • Develop learning from KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.
    • Practice techniques using: heat press transfer printing, screen printing, mono printing, crashing, shirring, heat shibori, PVA, bondaweb, marbling, free hand embroidery, heat gun and more
    • Mark making for textile design
    • Computer Aided design.

Surface textiles imageWhat to expect on the day:

  • Learn, practice and create a range of new and exciting techniques related to relevant artists and designers
  • How to link a variety of techniques to artists through creative practical workshops
  • Looking at both historical and contemporary textile artists, fine artists and fashion designers
  • Understand how to develop knowledge of artists from KS3 onwards, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.
  • Innovative ways in which students can explore, investigate and express ideas through mark making related to their primary sources and relating the right primary source to their artists.
  • Techniques and processes across all areas of study incl. constructed, printed, digital and fashion.
  • Links to refined ideas and final outcomes
  • Looking at easily achievable themes.
  • We will also look at artists annotation/evaluation
  • Innovative use of the heat press.

Links to KS4 Art & design Specifications: ‘students will be able to contextualize their research and ideas, drawing inspiration from artists and designers. Students will also evaluate the art, craft and design they study, and develop an appreciation of the impact it has on their own work and that of others.’

What you take back to school:

  • Great, achievable ideas to enhance your teaching
  • Develop best practices in teaching and learning and be able to use these to create a dynamic course that is fast paced and engaging.
  • An awareness of available resources to support/expand your existing practice.
  • Make secure decisions and save time with gained knowledge and experience.
  • Plan the future with confidence.
  • Continued professional development.

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What is special about the Surface Textile Skills Course?

The Surface Textile Skills face-to-face course is an experience that delivers textiles skills, knowledge and understanding. It is a great learning environment which allows you to gain new skills and techniques, showing how these can be incorporated in lesson plans and delivered in a fun, inspiring and engaging way. You can ask questions direct to the course developer/leader, practice skills, create a sketchbook resource for the classroom and network with other teachers.

Moderators comments:
“Textiles candidates personal portfolios were brimming with ideas, experiments and references to textile and fashion designers as well as fine artists. Overall the submission was expceptional in the engagement and industry and imaginative use of materials’. 2016

‘In Textiles, the standard of the work was outstanding…The course structure was strong. Finished pieces were often exciting and innovative. The individuality of the candidates was clearly seen in the diversity of colours, styles and techniques carefully annotated in work books and then displayed in the final outcomes.” “The course gave candidates a very strong framework on which to build a response to the theme. Ideas were developed showing depth and thought so that the work of the highest achieving candidates was original, creative and in-depth.” 2015

All delegates will receive access to a digital delegate folder with all the presentations, useful handouts and resources.


Flixton Girls School
Flixton Road
M41 5DR

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Nicky Simpson textilesNicky Simpson
PGCE; BA(Hons) Textiles Design: Specialising in print.



Your course leader is NICKY SIMPSON, a contemporary textiles artist, who has 12 years teaching experience, heading up Fashion & Textiles at Hillview School in Kent. She has taught Art & Design Textiles at GCSE and A Level, AQA Design and Technology/Textiles at A Level and GCSE and BTEC Level 3 Fashion.

Her last set of grades were:  A Level 100% A-A*; GCSE 70% A-A* (100% A*-B). She had a previous 22-year career as a Fashion print designer in the heart of London. For the past 6 years Nicky has been a workshop developer and leader for Textile and Art teachers on behalf of the Textile Skills Centre.


  • ‘Having been to one of Nicky’s workshops, I used one of her lessons and received an ‘Outstanding’ observation.’
  • ‘Superb day – so inspirational! So much covered and a LOT of new skills learnt. Thanks!!’
  • ‘Loads of info which was GREAT. All really useful & relevant. Brilliant starting point for newish Art & Design teacher. Thank you so much.’
  • ‘Fabulous presenter. Gave loads + loads of information and ideas. I feel really inspired! Loved the practical samples we did. Would highly recommend!
  • ‘A great course with lots of hands-on sampling. Great idea to hold it in a school which is much more realistic than an outside venue, gives ideas on taking creative inspiration back to the classroom’.
  • ‘Fantastic day, really useful and applicable to both Art and D&T subjects. Thanks!’


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