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Heat Press Techniques for Textiles Workshop (CRANLEIGH, Surrey)


Cranleigh, Surrey – Saturday 1st July 2023

Heat Press Techniques for Textiles workshop, for GCSE/A Level Art & Design courses.

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Heat Press Techniques For Textiles Workshop


DATE:    Saturday 1st July 2022

COURSE FEES:  £195 (+ Cademy Fees)    BOOK HERE

VENUE: Glebelands School, 3 Parsonage Rd, Cranleigh GU6 7AN

TIMES:   9:30 – 15:30


An Exciting Practical Face-to-Face Course for

Teachers of GCSE & A Level Textiles for both Art & Design and D&T.



This is a totally practical day of workshops, doing a large variety of Heat Press Techniques for Textiles. 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 and getting the most out of your heat press. These will be linked to themes, 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.
    • Using a heat press to create exciting, quick and easily achieved textile techniques, including bondaweb, plastics, pleating and weaving.
    • Practice techniques using a heat press with both transfer paints and dyes.
    • Practice taking these techniques through the development and refining process
    • Mark making using a heat press for textile design


We offer discounts for trainee teachers, technicians, and teachers who are self-funding for this course. Please contact dawn@textileskillscentre.com  for more information.

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What to expect on the day:

  • Learn, practice and create a range of new and exciting techniques
  • How to link heat press techniques to artists and themes through creative practical workshops
  • Creating with a heat press at KS3, creating independent, confident and enthusiastic learners at KS4/5.
  • Using a heat press for mark making in which students can explore, investigate and express ideas related to their primary sources
  • Techniques and processes across all areas of study including constructed, printed, digital and fashion.
  • Using a heat press on and for for constructed techniques.
  • Looking at refined ideas and final outcomes with exemplars
  • Looking at easily achievable themes.

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.’

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What is special about the Heat Press Techniques for Textiles Course?

The Heat Press Techniques 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.


What you take back to school:

  • A jammed packed range of samples, ideas and inspiration
  • Great, easily 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.

We aim to ‘inspire, challenge and motivate every student, no matter what their level of ability, while supporting you in developing creative and engaging lessons.’ (Art and Design spec (AQA))

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VENUE:  Glebelands School, 3 Parsonage Rd, Cranleigh GU6 7AN

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Nicky Simpson photoNicky 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 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 Academy.


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.” 


What other teachers have said about Nicky’s workshops:

  • ‘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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