Introduction to Linocut with Lisa MacLean

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Discovery the amazing possibilities of relief printmaking using linoleum. Relief prints, a time-honoured printmaking form, are enjoying a resurgence now and are a very satisfying way of making art. Linocut is a direct and simple printmaking technique in which a design is cut into a piece of linoleum with a knife, chisel or gouge, rolled up with ink, and printed by hand or with a press.

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Discovery the amazing possibilities of relief printmaking using linoleum. Relief prints, a time-honoured printmaking form, are enjoying a resurgence now and are a very satisfying way of making art. Linocut is a direct and simple printmaking technique in which a design is cut into a piece of linoleum with a knife, chisel or gouge, rolled up with ink, and printed by hand or with a press. First, we’ll discover how to create compelling designs, how to transfer drawings to the lino-block, and how to use the various tools to create different marks, textures, and lines. We’ll cut and hand print a simple design using those marks. From there, you’ll have an opportunity to create and cut your own images and experiment with colour, using ink, paint, pencil, and/or collage elements. Nontoxic, water-based inks and cleanup materials will be used.

Drop-ins are welcome (based on space availability) or you can attend several classes for more in-depth study, or if you’re working on a more involved project. Reference material will be supplied but feel free to bring photos, sketches, drawings, photo-copies and /or printed images, stencils, and paper samples. You’ll leave with some beautiful original hand-pulled prints. A wonderful way to begin art making or start again if you haven’t done any for a while. No experience necessary. Suitable for both beginners and more advanced students.