Textiles: Printed and Surface Pattern Design


  • Adults (Part-time)


This course runs on Thursday evenings, 6-9pm.
The course fee is £190.

Course Content

Textiles: Hand Printed and Surface Pattern Design

The course will address the fundamentals in preparing work for some of the processes in textile and surface pattern design, through an experimental and creative approach to drawing, colour, mark making and pattern. You will have the opportunity to develop a confident and creative approach to working with a variety of media and surfaces.

This course takes place entirely in the art room and does not use computers.

Week 1

Mark Making

To create a series of multiple papers using techniques from a variety of wet and dry media; marker pens, inks, pencils, paint etc. The completed works will then be cut and reassembled, to create new patterned papers in stripe and patchwork layouts.

Week 2

Using the colour wheel as a reference, we will be painting a range of flat and textured clean coloured grounds onto white paper and adhesive labels; you will then assemble these into small compositions which explore colour proportion and balance


Week 3

Montage Collage
Using newspapers, magazines, printed flyers, junk mail, photographs, photocopies and typography, we will be assembling a new or series of works through the media of collage.

Week 4

Drawing from objects
Working on paper you will be drawing directly from a collection of small household objects; mirrors, clocks, hairbrushes, jewellery, patterned fabric etc. Drawing each object will be timed, rotating the paper for each new drawing using the whole sheet. This exercise will record and document observational drawing, scale, pattern colour and placement.

Week 5

Working with 2 repeat structures, half drop and block we will be creating small geometric motifs from coloured paper and assemble these by hand onto paper following the repeat structures.

Week 6

Working directly onto a paper garment template, and using some or all of the ideas from the previous workshop, we will be exploring placement, colour scale, repeat structure and pattern making.

Please note that this course does not cover any computer based design programmes.

This class is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.

For further information and to apply, please email shortcourses@cwc.ac.uk.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Creative Arts, Fashion

Entry Requirements

This class is suitable for beginners and those with some experience.