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Beginners linocut workshops: Winter 2023

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

Monday 16 January 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

Getting inky on Blue Monday! Wonderful prints by Jilly, Gordon, Mark and Geoff.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“The ease and confidence of the tutor. Paced and measured transfer of information ad practical exercises and was generous with info and tips."

"Very sociable and encouraging. Experience with printing inks and loading up the rollers etc."

"The practical nature - hands-on and being able to seek answers and feedback. The size of the group was just right. Michelle was so open about sharing her knowledge, experience and skill. "

"The pace. Hands-on. Plenty of practice. Fabulous studio!"

Monday 23 January 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

A lovely creative day creating prints of waterfalls, seascapes, boats and dolphin prints

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“It was informative, educational and fun.”

“Just actually doing the whole process from start to finish and coming away with the finished picture.”

“Being able to produce a finished print, the friendly small group and the helpful tuition. A lot of concentration but relaxing and enjoyable!”

“Relaxed and friendly. Good encouragement! Learning the technique of what to cut away and what to leave behind. Good mix of watching and ‘doing’.”

Saturday 28 January 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

Saturday's linocut workshop. Julia created a print of seedheads and Tim carved a print of Spurn Point, using many different mark-making techniques. Laurence carved an owl in a tree and printed it using a pale grey and a colour blend of two grey inks to create an atmospheric grey ombre. Ruth carved a dipper bird and I was delighted to spot one in the Yorkshire Dales the following day.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“A great day, I really enjoyed talking to you about your process, having lots of opportunities to practice and getting tips on how to improve.”

“Trying something brand new. Relaxed atmosphere. Knowledgeable professional tutor.”

“Nice relaxed friendly atmosphere. Plenty of prints to take home with me.”

Tuesday 31 January 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

Today's workshop. Glenn's been teaching himself to linocut for a couple of months. Gill and Claire are new to linocut. Claire brought some blank cards so that she could try printing her design onto those too. I love that this is part of Gill's ‘learning something new in 2023’ art challenge. What a brilliant idea. Have you got any challenges for 2023?

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning the basics in a really clear way and having a finished print at the end. Meeting others to share the experience.”

“Learning something new, meeting new people and excellent tutor.”

“Taking my printing to another level. Learning about the ways in which I can improve my inks.”

Tuesday 7 February 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

Today’s linocut workshop with Lesley, Marjorie, Neil and Ailsa.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Concise tuition with demonstrations. Advice. Chat about how to tackle linocut at home with ideas.”

“Getting an end product, very good tuition and all materials provided.

An excellent taster today.”

“Friendly and supportive, lovely environment with excellent teaching at just the right pace.

Lots of tea and excellent cake.”

“Being in a creative location and going from total beginner to having a print to take home.”

Saturday 25th February 23 - Introduction to linocut printing

This weekend’s lino print workshop with Emma, Cathie, Kate and Charlotte.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Using the paints, being creative and cutting the lino.”

“The time and space, the beautiful studio and the gentle friendliness.”

“Being creative, spending time in this beautiful art space and trying new things.”

“Learning a skill doing something for me, spending time with a friend and meeting new people.”

Monday 27th February 23 - Introduction to linocut printing

A creative day with Frances, Fiona and Jayne.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Learning how to do lino print after so many years! Lovely day with wonderful people in a beautiful studio. Best Monday in a long time!”

“The printing! Also in a relaxed atmosphere and cake.”

“Learning so much in such a short time no pressure. Everything was explained and demonstrated so well.”

Saturday 11th March 2023 - Introduction to linocut printing

Today's linocut workshop with Duncan, Emma and Gary.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

"Such a pleasant and relaxing environment. Michelle is very encouraging and brings out the creativity within! Great conversation in the group. A brilliant day!"

"The chance to experiment and support with creating my design."

"The relaxed workshop structure. Never felt pressured. Very inspiring working in lovely surroundings. Cake!"

I'm taking a break from teaching to focus on York Open Studios. Linocut workshops in my studio will restart in May. My online course can be started at any time. See my workshops and online courses page for workshop dates and to sign up for my online courses.

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!



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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