Friends of Pocklington School donate new printing press and projector

Pocklington School’s Art Department took delivery of a new printing press and a projector recently, which were kindly donated by the Friends of Pocklington School (FOPS) in support of the School’s Campaign for a new Art and Design Centre.

The etching press is manufactured by local supplier Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies, based at Murton, near York, and will be used by students studying art from the first year through to those studying for GCSE and A-levels.  The press can print a variety of mediums including etching, lino, woodcut, relief printing and collagraph.

The new projector will enable the Department to show the wide variety of photography and video work created by the School’s students on the gallery walls of the new Centre, with a rolling programme of footage being shown from across the year groups.

Dan Cimmermann, Head of Art, Pocklington School said: “The printing press is a great piece of equipment for us to have in the Department and enables us to make printing more accessible to the younger year groups. Print making is one of the core elements of the work we do to provide students with an excellent art education, by teaching them the fundamental skills required to develop creative thinking.  Having the projector is also really exciting, and will be fantastic for showcasing the many different styles of photography work created here. We are immensely grateful to FOPS for donating both these pieces of equipment to the Department and for supporting the Campaign.”

Natasha Birch, Chair of the FOPS Committee commented: “The FOPS Committee was delighted to be able to make these donations to the Campaign. The press looks amazing and the students will have a great time using it to create their own original works of art.  I’m really looking forward to seeing the projector in use and I hope the students enjoy being able to see their work on the gallery walls. ”

Pocklington School has run a major Campaign to raise funds to build a new Art & Design Technology Centre in support of the next phase of its strategic development plan.  Thanks to the tremendous generosity of all those who have supported the Campaign so far, the Campaign total has now reached £1,920,000 and work is underway to raise the £80,000 needed to reach its target of £2 million.

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