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Linocut workshops November 21

This month I'm teaching 5 lino print workshops. I've also added December's last workshop of the year. Workshops will restart in January.

Monday 1 November 21

All complete beginners! A fabulous variety of mark making.

Vic made a lino print of cereal grains, complete with the Triangle Bakehouse logo for her micro bakery. Helen created a print of a flying bird, Diane ‘festive phil’ the pheasant and Gill a pair of tapirs swimming in a pool.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

"All of it! Learnt lots. Thank you."
"Relaxed environment."
"Learning a new skill, meeting people, creating a masterpiece!"
"All of it! Thank you so much for a fabulous workshop. (Cake was divine!)"

Tuesday 2 November 21

Today’s linocut workshops with Janice, Jon, Kim and Jenny. Kim came all the way from Cambridge!

A variety of techniques. Janice and Jenny cut shapes out of the lino to create their coffee pot and bird. Jon created a seascape print, carving away areas of the sky to leave ‘chatter’ that adds to the design. Kim does some lino printing at home and carved a hare, with a delicate sketched approach.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“All of it! The opportunity to get back to doing something creative, with others, in person!”
Making a print which I could happily hang up!
“All of it! Being in your lovely studio space, surrounded by the colour and beautiful prints and the luxury of a whole day trying something new.”
“Too many things! Making a linocut that I would have never attempted before. Michelle, you have really helped me think differently. And I just loved talking about this brilliant artform and learning so much.”

Wednesday 3 November 21

Today’s lino print workshop with Charis, Judy, Claire and Angela.

Charis made a print of a bat. The balance between carved away areas and printed areas is really effective. She works for Beetle Bank Open Farm and I designed their logo and branding a few years back using linocut as a start point. See the Beetle Bank project here. It was great to see how she'd carved the goat onto a pumpkin too!

Judy made a linocut print of a Christmas tree with the addition of optional text. Text is always carved in reverse, so that's trickier to do. Claire created a print of a vase with delicate flowers. Angela's print was inspired by a view of St Mary's lighthouse and a gift for her daughter. Again great contrast and tricky text.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“The company and laid back atmosphere, as well as the freedom with design choices.”
“The relaxation, in a friendly group with a friendly talented teacher.”
“Fun, came away with finished prints. Relaxed, inspiring, personable.”
“Everything, including getting very messy! Very good company.’

Monday 15 November 21

Monday's lino print workshop with Allanah, Sally, Denise and Liz. Aren’t they fabulous!

Allanah’s currently doing a printmaking evening course and was able to put what she’d learned so far into practice. Sally created a print of rosehips. Denise carved a linocut of her dog using sketchy linework. Liz is a sculptor but new to linocut, she created a detailed linocut print of a snow bunting bird.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

"Company, conversation and friendly banter. I also learnt quite a lot, which was very enjoyable and a nice relaxed environment."
"Learning new skills, meeting new faces, friendly and a helpful tutor."
"All of it: the one-to-one guidance at each stage. Having time to get stuck in. The banter."
"Learning a new skill. The laughter and lovely relaxed atmosphere."

Tuesday 16 November 21

Tuesday's lino print workshop Averil, Carol, Jackie and Beccy. I’m always amazed at the variety of design and markmaking.

Averil came with a still life sketch of sunflowers in a vase and her favourite Portuguese plates. Carol made a print of flowers and a butterfly. Jackie made a bold graphic boat design adding textures into waves. Beccy used a family photo as the start point of her lino print and made tiny people in just a few marks.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

"The process of printmaking and the friendly relaxed approach."
"Really enjoyed spending the day exploring different lines and practicing printing (especially inking up). Very friendly environment."
"Doing something creative in a beautiful environment with like minded people and learning new techniques."
"Everything - seeing an idea come to life."

Thursday 2 December 21

Last workshop of the year. A lovely creative day with Hilary, Ruth, Jane & Sharon.

Workshops start again on 10 Jan or there’s my online courses that you can start at anytime.

What did you enjoy the most about the day?

“Everything! Michelle’s expertise and the practicality of learning in person. Lovely meeting new people too. Inspired being in the workshops surrounded by prints as well.”
“Immersion in creativity! Lovely group and great teaching!”
“Learning new skills.”
“Learning something new and meeting people.”

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 and 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 of my courses and workshops.

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.

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Happy linocutting!



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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