This advanced lino etching course is perfect for those who have recently attended our popular ‘introduction to lino etching’ course or for those who have some experience in printmaking. Designed to cater to those who would like to expand and advance their knowledge and learn some new processes.
Lino etching is a very painterly technique, capable of producing gestural marks, gradations of tone, and beautiful unpredictable textures. Those working with the technique use it stand alone or combined with traditional cutting and masking methods to explore layering and more structural qualities within the image.
So much detail can be created by the etched lino process that it can only be fully appreciated when printed at a larger scale. Over the course of the weekend, you will work on 30 x 30 cm lino blocks as well as exploring how to etch cork and plywood with caustic soda paste! You will also experiment with how to create multi plate printing and learn how to register your blocks on the press. You will have the opportunity to try out paper stenciling and combine intaglio with relief printing to create unique mono-prints.
Your tutors: Jenny Thomas and Fabian Osborne
Jenny Thomas trained as a painter at Leeds and Birmingham colleges of art and was taught lino cutting by her father. Now working predominantly in print, she sites relief printing as the main focus for her current practice loving to experiment with materials and techniques and inspiring others to do the same.
Based at WYPW, Fabian Osborne’s practice explores the forms and hidden patterns found within natural and manmade landscapes. Interested in the transitory and unpredictability nature of the shapes and surfaces which inspire him; much of his work explores ideas around weathering and erosion. His recent research into lino etching has enabled him to replicate these qualities and currently forms the main focus of his print-making practice.
This course is suitable for beginners as well as those looking to learn a new printmaking technique or who want a process refresher.
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment.
Day 1 – Attendees will experiment with different resists and build up layers of etch on their lino blocks. You will also try out etching cork and wood blocks with caustic soda paste, exploring the qualities on different surfaces. There will be the opportunity to proof their block throughout the day, although this will only be in monochrome. Near the end of the day they will be introduced to colour, multiplate printing and registration.
Day 2 – At the beginning of the day, attendees will be allowed the option to continue working on their blocks for a short period of time. The rest of the day will focus on different printmaking techniques. These will include ghost printing, paper stenciling and combining intaglio with relief printing to create monoprints. They will be able to produce their final prints on high quality print paper Fabriano Rosaspina.
Covid-19 safety :
As a result of the ongoing pandemic, our workshops and the way we run courses looks a little different. We continue to have everyone’s safety as our main priority. It might not be quite the same as it was before but your ability to get stuck in and enjoy a spot of printmaking remains the same. Added measures to keep you safe include:
- All courses working with reduced numbers or alternate spaces to aid greater social ventilation and social distancing.
- Requesting that everyone in communal areas of the workshop, if able, continues to wear either a face covering, mask or a visor.
- Hand sanitiser provided on entry and additional cleaning measures in place.
- Removal of any shared equipment or materials wherever possible.
Full guidance on our Covid-19 policies and risk assessment can be found on our website here.
After attending this course you can join our workshop as a member. As a member, you can continue to use our facilities to make and develop your own work. The sooner the better, as the longer you leave it the more you are likely to forget! If you join up within one month of attending the course you will receive a £5 discount. Find out more about the benefits of membership here: https://www.wypw.org/shop/standard-membership/
Cancellations and refunds
If you cancel your booking more than three weeks prior to the course start date, you will be eligible for a refund, minus a 5% admin fee. (Admin fee does not apply for Printmaker’s Toolkit Sessions).
We regret that we cannot offer refunds for cancellations made less than three weeks before the course start date. At this point we have already started making preparations including ordering materials and equipment, and it is less likely that we will be able to fill your place.
We cannot give refunds for failed attendance due to sickness or external circumstances.
If you would like to transfer to another course, we can do this free of charge providing you let us know three weeks prior to the course start date.
Bookings cannot be transferred with less than three week’s notice, however in the event that you are unable to attend on the day, bookings can be transferred to another person. In this case please inform us as far in advance as possible so that we can update the booking.
Cancellation by WYPW
West Yorkshire Print Workshop reserves the right to cancel or postpone courses. If this happens we will endeavour to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.