Textiles, patterns and design

Updated 30 July. Following government guidance, the castle and gardens at Hillsborough Castle are now open Thursday-Sunday. Please read our visit information.

About this session

Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 | Subject: Art & Design | Topic: Printmaking, Surface Design, Textiles | Session Type: Route-based and classroom-based

Hillsborough Castle is home to a wonderful collection of artwork and objects, all set within beautiful interiors. Students are invited to explore the collection in the State Rooms, as well as the silk, wallpaper and textiles adorning the rooms in order to gather inspiration for creating their own, historically-inspired, textiles.

Led by an artist facilitator students will use heat reactive dyes to create their own textile designs, which they can add to their portfolio of work.

Learning objectives

Students will:

• Learn about some of the art collection and objects on display at Hillsborough Castle.
• Take inspiration from the collection and interiors to inform their own work.
• Learn how to design and create textile designs using heat reactive dyes.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

• The development of creative thinking skills and personal creative outcomes through investigating, realising, designing and making through printmaking and textiles.
• Development of an appreciation of the work of artists, designers and craft workers; past and present.
• Gathering information and inspiration from direct experience in an historic house.

Booking information

2019-2020 Academic Year

Thursday & Friday
10.30, 13:00

90 minutes

Up to 25 students


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