Lino cutting: FULL
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for artists with some basic printmaking experience. It will be accessible and relaxed. This course may suit you if you have an interest in learning about developing your experience of linocut. It is still for beginners but develops on basic skills.
These are short interactive online live courses aimed at building your skills and knowledge for developing your understanding around lino cutting. They include practical elements and an opportunity to have live discussions with your tutor and others on the course.
You will be working with your tutor in a virtual learning environment using an online video platform called Zoom. You will be accompanied in your virtual class, with other learners. Your tutor will give practical demonstrations, have discussions, set tasks, give feedback and will support you throughout the course.
This workshop explores the methods of lino cutting, learning how to create shade, tone and silhouette on a single layer print and progressing to a three-colour reduction print or multiple plate print. In a relaxed environment, anyone who wants to learn the skills of lino cut can attend. Some basic previous experience is recommended, but not essential and you do not have to be able to draw.
Support and feedback
Your tutor will support you throughout the course through online face to face discussions and written feedback on your progress. You will work with your tutor on your personal goals within the structure of the course.
Additional costs and requirements
You will need a laptop / PC / phone / tablet with a camera and microphone/headphones and a good internet connection.
You will need 2 or 3 images to work from. These could be simple landscapes or seascapes, portraits, or your pet. If they are precious, make a photocopy as they may get ink on them. You will be reducing the image to black and white and simple lines and shapes. You will be tracing them or drawing from them. If tracing, they need to be the same size as your lino. I would recommend looking at existing lino cuts of your subject matter to see how this will be developed.
Materials required are 2 or more pieces of lino (A5 to A4, so that the photo could fit for tracing), small range of cutting tools, or nibs, and one handle, a roller the width or more of your lino (if possible), a tray, or tile, as an ink plate, relief printing ink in black or paynes grey, white, other colours if you want to print in colour.
Good quality smooth paper for printing, newspaper or magazines for protection and cover when printing, wooden or large metal spoon (for pressure when printing), or, if you have it, a baren.
Paper towels, cotton buds are useful, scrap pieces of card, masking tape, a board or large piece of card to use as registration (a cereal box is perfect).
You can work from a small table at home, where you can spread out the list above, comfortably. You will need a space to put prints to dry.
Will I have to do anything outside of the session?
Your tutor will suggest ideas on what to practice in your own time and will signpost you to other opportunities to support your learning.
You will be required to find your own images and to print them to the size you wish to work at. You may want to create more examples for work over in future classes.
About the tutor
Carolyn Shaw started working at Learn Devon in February 2020, teaching a range of Art techniques. She trained at Coventry University in BA hons in Fine Art, with Printmaking as her specialism.
She had worked in both Manchester and New Zealand for over 20 years, as a teacher of Art and Design in High Schools, in Tertiary and with adults. Carolyn works in all mediums with her learners including digital based imagery, painting, ceramics and Printmaking. She has successfully created and sold her own printmaking all over New Zealand both individually and as part of the Studio Printmakers. Carolyn returned to the UK to live in 2019 and chose Devon, where she is selling her work now.
hen not producing her own work, Carolyn spends lots of time with her rescue dog, swims and tries to surf on her longboard. She is hoping to rediscover the landscapes of Britain and travel around in her mini campervan when things go back to normal. She is looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and family.
Carolyn loves teaching Art and enjoys the moments when people create something that excites them or say ‘I didn’t think I could do that’. She thinks it is important to allow people to see that Art is accessible and her classes should be a place of experimentation, support and enjoyment, where the experienced and the novice can both succeed.