Beginner's Linocut Two Day Course
In this two day workshop, you will learn how to design images for lino printing, experiment with mark making and complete a two colour reduction linocut print.
Day One is spent exploring the basics of lino printing. By the end of the session you will have used a range of lino cutting tools and have an understanding of how to use marks and line in printing. You will print your designs using the relief printing presses as well as hand burnishing, so that you can continue to print at home.
On day two we move on to develop your understanding of the reduction technique. We start with a small introductory activity to help you get to grips with the process and then we move on to design, cut and print a two colour lino print. We will be working with soft cut lino, which is easy to carve your design and will allow you to make an expressive print.
You will leave with… prints of your mark and line making designs, five two-colour prints of your reduction design and your lino plates. If you select ‘with lino toolkit’ you will also take home your own five blade, wooden handled lino cutting tool kit. This comes with a block of lino, a small brayer and tube of ink, so that you can continue printing at home.
WHO IS THIS LINO PRINTMAKING COURSE FOR?
Complete beginners to printmaking and lino cutting, or those with a little knowledge who would like to increase their skills. Those with more experience will be able to cut a more complex design. We cover all the basics and so no prior experience in lino is necessary.
MATERIALS AND EQUIPMENT
All printmaking, tools, material and equipment will be provided. Please bring along a sketchbook with some loose ideas to work from – although we will spend time in each session developing the designs.
Group size is limited to 6 people, to give you plenty of space to work in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. There will be opportunities to ask questions throughout the session. Please arrive at 09:30 for a cup of tea or coffee. The workshop will finish each day at approximately 15:00, but please note that times may vary depending on the speed at which you work. The simpler your design, the quicker you will finish. Teas and coffees are provided throughout the day, but please bring along a packed lunch (the nearest shop is a five minute drive away).
Thursday 6 & Friday 7 February 2020
I've been teaching printmaking at Slamseys since 2013, having studied with the OCA, Gainsborough's House and Colchester Institute. I love helping adult learners discover new processes and create artwork. I make sure classes are relaxed and friendly - you can never ask too many questions!
We really had a fantastic time learning how to screen print and creating our own designs and would love to do more with Slamseys.... Highly recommend both in terms of the fab venue and teaching!!
I go on courses when other people go on holiday and discovered Slamseys printing courses and had a rush of blood to the head. It has been a total success! Ruth is a very experienced tutor, there is flexibility and equipment and inks are freely available. There are lots of helpful tips along the way so that you can continue at home. She has a real love and understanding of the printmaking process. With Ruth’s very gentle teaching style, you will get a great deal out of the class, even with no prior knowledge of printing. Everything associated with Slamseys is of the highest quality and matches the branding of the website. The barn is a very large, airy space and very conducive to encouraging art activities. There being no more than 6 in a class there is no need for the diffident to feeling overwhelmed, and there is plenty of parking! What more can I say? Only I am already planning to join more course in the future. My money was well spent!
The 5 Week Printmaking Short Course was a perfect introduction to a variety of ways of printing art, that could easily be replicated at home. Ruth is a very talented artist who is able to generate an enthusiasm for what she does during the course. She is very patient and allows each member of the class to 'do their own thing'. The surroundings in which the course takes place are ideal and the equipment provided is very good. I will certainly continue to print art at home and have already begun collecting a few things with a project in mind. I thoroughly enjoyed each morning.
The Fabric Printing One-to-One course was fantastic. We were so impressed with the course from booking to finish. Ruth was flexible and accommodating when we needed to change our booking at the last minute. We would just love to do more printing now! The follow up information about where to purchase supplies etc. is extremely helpful. This will ensure we carry on!
I found the Fabric Printing Short Course really interesting and informative, especially as this is something I've never tried before, it was very good value for money. I especially liked the small class and the laid back approach Ruth has, it really does makes people feel at ease and able to express themselves individually. Also being able to experiment with different techniques and mediums. The cakes were a real treat too!