Woodcut and Lino Printmaking

COURSE OUTLINE:
Woodcut and linocut printing is becoming increasingly popular, and ever more so due to the interest in vintage and make your own crafts.

Prints are created by carving a design into a wood or lino block, then rolling ink onto the surface of the block, which can then be pressed onto paper and other surfaces to reveal the image.
Blocks can be inked up and printed, again and again; making it a popular method of printing cards, gift wrap, and labels. Wood and lino cut printing also has a long and established history in book illustration and fine art.
On this course you will design and carve your own wood/lino blocks, learning to use cutting tools safely. You will then use your wood/lino block to produce single or multi-colour prints on paper or cards.
The course will include short demonstrations to the group by the tutor when required, with the majority of the course taking the form of practical progress on your own personal project, and individual guidance from the tutor when required

 COURSE PROGRAMME:
During the course you will learn how to cut safely with woodcut/lino tools, practice mark making techniques on practice blocks, ink up and print the results.

We will discuss good composition when designing your image, and how to transfer designs onto wood/lino block ready for cutting.
Cut your design into wood/lino block, proof image, make adjustments, then print a series of images from your block. Learn to print by hand and with a press.
Principles of creating multi-block and reduction prints, colour mixing, and registration techniques will also be covered.

 MATERIALS PROVIDED:
Wood and lino blocks, paper, printing inks, and the use of a printing press and all tools and equipment as required

 EXTRA MATERIALS REQUIRED:
Plenty of reference books and images will be available to browse, but it is recommended that you also bring your own source material/ sketchbooks/ ideas for an image you wish to produce

 ADDITIONAL NOTES:  
Please wear old/ work clothes, aprons also provided. You may wish to bring an art bag/ folio/ or box to take prints home in. Prints will need a day or two to fully dry, and can also be collected later by arrangement.