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Beginners linocut workshops - Summer 2023

Some photos from each of my linocut workshops through the summer. I'll add photos from each workshop as I teach them.


Tuesday 23 May 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

The first of this year's summer lino print workshops with Sara, Amanda, Eileen and Gina. Inspiration came from Cornish rock pools, precious stones, Gina’s paintings and Northumberland’s Sycamore gap. Everyone choose their own colour, which was mixed using Hawthorn’s oil-based inks. A lovely creative day with tea and cake in my sunny garden.




What did you enjoy the most about the day?


"Understanding how to cut and print and putting it into practice. Lots of information in a relaxed atmosphere."


"Learning and improving a creative skill. Learning how to use the tools correctly. Spending time with a nice group of people. Sharing ideas and encouragement."


"Learning how to ink up properly and using good quality inks."


"Learning about cutting the lino and the different marks it can make. Seeing other participants' work has been useful."



Monday 5 June 2023 - Mixed-level lino print workshop

This has been my first mixed-level lino print workshop. Hannah created a robin lino print based on a photo from her garden and Fiona, a stone circles landscape, to practice her mark-making techniques. Bernadette and Pam used the jigsaw lino print technique to create 2 colour prints of a wren and Clive the clown.





What did you enjoy the most about the day?

"Learning how to make a lino print! And seeing other people make a jigsaw lino print. I’ve enjoyed having a small group and one-to-one help."


"Trying new techniques and types of pictures. Opportunity to practice, ask questions and discuss. Nice surroundings and weather!"


"A relaxed atmosphere, good fun and learning new techniques. Picking up lots of tips and tricks to use again at home."


"Learning how to do a jigsaw linocut."


Saturday 15 July 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

Today’s lino print workshop with Tom, Jane, Laura and Jennifer. Lovely linocut print to make into Christmas cards and of guinea fowl and a bee.




What did you enjoy the most about the day?

"A thoroughly enjoyable day throughout."


"Learning a new skill to use for my card-making. Really enjoyed today's class."


"Trying something different that I remember being really tricky at school. Having a lovely day with like-minded people, learning and creating lovely pictures."


"Learning a new skill in a small group with a very patent, friendly and skilful teacher.


Saturday 17 July 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

A leaf them for today’s lino print workshop Gill and Rebecca. Designs were based on ginkgo and kowhai, which are native to New Zealand.



What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning a new technique with a very positive encouragement and friendly attitude of Michelle. Thank you. Excellent workshop!”


“Everything! Getting the feel of cutting, inking and printing and the benefit of so much experience. Great to know this can work on a small scale with limited equipment.”


Saturday 5 August 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

Saturday’s linocut workshop with a bit of a Halloween vibe with a pumpkin, owl and haunted house. The yellow for the windows was added with watercolour after printing the lino block in oil-based ink. Gemma, Claire, Celia and Elizabeth were all complete beginners.


What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning a new skill and coming away with a peace that I can give as a gift.”


“The whole day. Nervous to start with but Michelle explained each aspect very well. A truly rewarding day.”


“Enjoyed the whole workshop. Learning the process.”


“Learning new things. Seeing where I can improve. Experimenting.”



Saturday 19 August 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

Today’s workshop was a private booking. Beka, Gordon, Lindsay and Steve.

After printing the lino blocks as one-colour prints Beka and Gordon printed some variations on their prints by cutting up the block into sections, using the jigsaw method.




What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning loads of different techniques, new carving skills, how to use different blocks and to use less ink!”


“Fun and a relaxing atmosphere, learning about lino printing process, Being creative and doing so with friends, cake at the end too.”


“Enjoyed the process and quiet time focussing o something new.”


“Process of doing, teaching and cutting first, the rolling and pressing after.”



Would you like to learn how to make a linocut print?


Online courses

Online self-paced learning. Full access for one year, so that you can study at your own pace at home. Instructional videos and step-by-step guides.

  • Beginners guide to linocut printing

  • How to make a multi-block linocut print

Linocut workshops

My linocut workshops are all held in my York print studio. I teach in small groups of no more than four people so that everyone gets lots of one-to-one tuition.

  • Introduction to linocut printing workshop

  • Follow on 'jigsaw' linocut printing workshop


See my linocut workshops and online courses page for links to each course and workshop.


Linocut and printmaking tools and materials

Find out more about the tools and equipment needed to create linocut prints in my 'lino cutting equipment' blog.


See step-by-step how I make my linocut prints

See examples of how I make my linocut prints in the Studio Diary section of my blog.


Please join my mailing list to be the first to hear about my latest designs, online courses and workshops.


Happy lino cutting!

Michelle


 

About the author

Michelle Hughes is a North Yorkshire landscape artist. Much of her work depicts the Yorkshire landscape and Yorkshire coast, including the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors.


Michelle loves exploring the British countryside by bike or on foot, camera in hand, capturing ideas for her next prints. Back in her garden studio, Michelle creates simple but stylised silhouettes based on her photographs, and hand carves these shapes into lino. She hand prints with an etching press, using oil-based inks to create tonal blocks of colour.


Michelle’s original linocut prints are limited editions.


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