Cut, stab and etch: printmaking with linocuts

Course Dates: 16/11/20 - 14/12/20
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Lisa Cradduck

Cut, stab and etch your way to dynamic blocks and exciting prints. Practical instruction in both traditional and inventive linocut techniques, including the reduction method developed by Picasso, multiple block printing and Polish dot linocut.

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What is the course about?

The course is an introduction to basic and advanced lino printing principles and methods.
As well as more traditional approaches, the course includes experimentation with caustic etching to make fluid and painterly prints and an introduction to the intricate Punktowego (dot) technique popular in Poland.

What will we cover?

Students will learn how to develop sketches into linocuts, starting with an emphasis on developing fine cutting techniques and exploring line, tone and texture to produce monochromatic prints. Students will then produce three-colour reduction lino prints using caustic etching, with inventive application of resists such as hot wax drawing with a tjanting (a batik tool). There will also be instruction in multiple block printing and registration, burnishing with a baren and printing with a relief press.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Use cutting tools confidently to create a rich variety of marks

Make linocuts by the reduction method

Practice caustic etching safely and effectively

Make and use a registration template for multiple block printing

Print using a relief press and burnish by hand.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

All levels are welcome.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be given practical demonstrations of techniques, instruction on use of equipment and one-to-one tuition.

All sessions will take place in the workshop.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

All basic materials are provided. It is recommended that you bring visual source material i.e. photos, postcards sketchbooks, drawings as inspiration.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

If you have enjoyed using lino, you may wish to try woodblock printmaking. There are regular printmaking courses in all the various processes we use in the studio, plus longer courses allowing more sustained practice into a variety of techniques. Ask your tutor for help and check the website for upcoming courses.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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Review by Maria / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
Fun and relaxed environment for learning. Friendly teacher and good facilities.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 16/03/2020)
Cut, stab and etch is a really interesting, fun printing course with an exceptional Tutor. I was really pleased with the colourful detailed prints I was able to produce within a very short period of time. The Tutor is very inspirational and enthusiastic and helps you develop your work to a high standard. I highly recommend this printing course.
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Review by Louise Lidington / (Posted on 20/02/2020)
This course is ideal for students who want to develop their skills in lino cutting. Fun environment and encouraged to try new techniques. Good teacher with lots of knowledge of different artists. I was inspired to continue developing my skills
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Review by Pat / (Posted on 18/02/2020)
Well worth the time and commitment. Excellent tutor who provides a fun, relaxed and knowledgeable environment. It took me out of my comfort zone in a supportive way and greatly increased my skills.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 31/01/2020)
This was a really good course with an excellent and enthusiastic teacher. The only drawback was that there were 12 students which is too many given the available space and the fact that there is only one (essential) press. There was a lot of waiting around.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 19/10/2019)
This is an excellent course for learning the basic skills required to create lino prints. Creating ones own designs also extended ones skills .
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 07/10/2019)
The course is ideal for anyone wanting to learn something about linocut and print and for people with some experience wanting to learn more. The tutor is knowledgeable and a good communicator. I think all the students enjoyed the experience.
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Review by Andrew / (Posted on 22/07/2019)
Excellent, well planned course, led by friendly, helpful knowledgeable tutor. Although designed for beginners, it's also an opportunity to build on and develop skills. A great experience all round.
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Review by PB / (Posted on 29/05/2019)
This was an extremely enjoyable course, and the fact that it catered for people of mixed abilities was an advantage, in that it enabled me to see the types of work and approaches taken that I could aspire to. I felt that I was able to approach the topic and work at my own pace while being encouraged to expand and push myself in what was possible. The tutor was encouraging, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and informative. I certainly valued and appreciated the course, which I thought was extremely good value, and will be signing up for next term.
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Review by Stephen / (Posted on 06/06/2015)
'Cut Stab and Etch' worked in exactly the way specified in the course description and the high attendance level over the five weeks proved that everyone enjoyed it. Having trained and worked for many years in commercial design, illustration and graphics it got me thinking again about a medium that I had never had time to develop although I always felt an great affinity with it. It updated me on modern techniques and materials and inspired me by looking at the works of a host of different artist/printmakers. The tutor was knowledgeable, available and helpful but also unintrusive. There was a nice mixture of individuality and teamwork which was confidence building and fun. It was not a venue in which to create a masterpiece, but a place in which to learn and trial with a view to taking this art practice to the next stage.
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Review by NA / (Posted on 03/06/2015)
This course is welcoming, challenging, and inspiring! The mix of attendees of differing standards enabled us to discuss our work with each other as well as the tutor - and with each exercise it was incredible to see that from one brief so many different pieces were produced. This course in incredibly good value for money with all materials and access to the press and tools included. I came away with over 20 versions of prints I'd produced on the course.
The tutor was passionate, knowledgable, and gave everyone individual guidance and attention as well as directing the group.
I wanted it to be longer as it was great!
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Review by EB / (Posted on 03/06/2015)
This 5 week course was everything it said it would be and more, The tutor was excellent, covering the course content and encouraging individual creativity as well as giving us the relevant skill base in a supportive and friendly environment. She supplied plenty if visual material and a very good handout as well as imparting her own knowledge and being ready to give advice and hands on help and support to everyone.
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Review by margie / (Posted on 02/06/2015)
A good course for both those new to lino cuts and those a bit more advanced. Nice materials and inks provided in the cost, so good value as well. A well balanced combination of teaching structure and freedom to impose your own creativity. Took the a couple of weeks for all the beginners to get to grips with the equipment, but in the main, the more experienced students were patient, helpful and willing to offer tips. Didn't take long for a commaraderie to build around orgainising and sharing the printing press.
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Review by Christine / (Posted on 02/06/2015)
Course would benefit from being longer in order to develop confidence in the use of the techniques being demonstrated. 14 students were too many for the size /layout of the print room & the type of course. Having said that the tutor was very supportive and her enthusiasm infectious so much so that I would certainly book again.
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Review by Vron / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
I was very disappointed that the class had been crammed with 14 students. There is only one press in the room suitable for linocut printmaking and I do not think it was appropriate for so many students to share it. I am an intermediate level printmaker and it was not possible for me to work on my own prints because I needed to adjust the packing on the press each time I used it, which was impossible with a queue of 13 students behind me. I think it is unprofessional and greedy to stuff a class with so many students - I can only assume it is being done to maximise revenues for your college. I will not book any more classes at City Lit in the future because you are not offering appropriate space and teaching time for students with my level of ability. Printmaking is a very niche activity and you should be encouraging people of my level to stay on with you rather than pushing us away with teaching methods and class sizes that are only suitable for complete beginners.
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Review by Jess / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
[The tutor] was excellent & content wonderful. The course would have been improved if it was a full day and more days. Also I wish we had been been given guidance and had prep time with the sketches/photos we developed into linocuts. Especially the reduction printing.
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Review by DJ / (Posted on 01/06/2015)
Needs to be 2 weeks longer or 2 x 5 weeks to give more time for covering skills and practice. Review by Will / (Posted on 18/02/2015)
A good and informative course introducing different methods of creating a pattern in the lino. It would be improved by being a few weeks longer Review by Olwen / (Posted on 13/02/2015)
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Course Code: VS041

Mon, eve, 16 Nov - 14 Dec '20

Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)

Full fee: £209.00
Senior fee: £209.00
Concession: £127.00

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