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Introduction Linocut Printing Workshops - February 2020

This month I’m teaching 6 linocut workshops in my York print studio. In this blog I’ll share with you my introduction to linocut print workshops.

Saturday 1 February 2020

A few photos from today’s introduction to linocut workshop. Victoria and Isabel were celebrating 20 years of friendship by doing the workshop. They had both done a 2hr workshop together before. Sarah and daughter Rachael were complete beginners. They all packed up the carving and printing very quickly. I love their designs.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning the different techniques and being able to experiment with different patterns and designs. Most creative I’ve felt in a while!”
“Everything! Loved the relaxed atmosphere and the way Michelle made the whole process so accessible to even a beginner.”
“The relaxed and encouraging atmosphere.”
“Everything, the teaching was good, easy to understand and sufficient information. It was also a very relaxing environment, made to feel very welcome.”
The best thing of the day? Being told “It’s one of the nicest days I’ve had.” I really enjoyed it too!

Monday 3 February 2020

Another creative day on my introduction to lino print workshop with Sue, Simon, Sarah and Tim.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Careful explanations and small groups, so plenty of time for individual advice.”
“Experimenting with different designs and techniques. Very friendly and relaxed atmosphere.“
“Learning the cutting skills and being able to print your design.”
“The finished print.”

Saturday 8 February 2020

Saturday’s creative day with Jules, Marie and Ken. All complete beginners to linocut.

With a bit of extra time at the end they were able to try different colours and carve small designs that could be used for linocut cards.

Thank you to Jules for coming to the rescue with the kettle after mine broke and the honey roasted peanuts!

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning a new skill. Good company. Great teacher!”
“Company. The fun of learning a new technique. The good tuition and the honey roasted peanuts and cashew nuts. “
"The ease and playfulness of it all. You offer ideas to which is lovely.”

Monday 10 February 2020

Another creative day in my print studio with Claire, Jill, Emma and Ann. Members of York Printmakers may recognise Ann, who's visiting from Canada! A little bit nerve racking teaching a fellow printmaker a technique that's new to her.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning a new skill and being able to produce a finished pice by end of the day. Great teaching style and lovely group.”
“Gentle, informative introduction to linocutting. Nice to meet like-minded people.”
“A lovely creative day which I thoroughly enjoyed! The structure of the day worked really well. Michelle you were great.”
“Besides learning loads about linocut techniques, I liked the pace of the workshop. Time to do each step properly. Well organised.”

Linocut workshops and courses

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.

Find out more about my workshops and next dates here.

Looking for a private workshop experience for you and your friends?

If you'd like to book a creative day for a special occasion for 4 people get in touch.

Linocut and printmaking equipment

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



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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