Lino Etching – Summer School – August
Join artists and printmakers Jenny Thomas and Fabian Osborne for our first lino etching summer school! This 3 day course offers the opportunity to explore this highly versatile technique in our professionally equipped workshops, with time to experiment and develop your own approach to the medium. Learners will be guided through ways of making relief printed images using a caustic soda paste to etch into lino blocks, and printing on our large Imperial platen press, to create colourful, multi-layered prints. Inking and registration techniques will also be demonstrated. Participants on the course can expect to come away with a solid understanding of the lino-etching process, a number of etched lino blocks which can be printed from again, and a range of prints of good quality paper.
Lino etching is a painterly technique, capable of producing gestural marks and gradations of tone and texture. It can also be combined with traditional cutting methods using lino tools. Caustic soda etches or ‘bites’ into the surface of the lino block to various depths, according to the length of time it remains in contact with the lino block. A wide range of tonal marks can be created, from white (negative) to grey (half tone). The lino can also be protected from the caustic etch by the application of a range of materials which will resist the etching process. The resulting areas will print black.
Jenny Thomas is a studio holder and workshop member here at West Yorkshire Print Workshop. She trained as a painter at Leeds and Birmingham colleges of art, and was taught lino cutting by her father. She now works mainly with relief printing, experimenting with materials and techniques, and hopes the course will encourage you to experiment also.
Fabian Osborne is an artist & printmaker based in his studio here at WYPW. His printmaking practice centres around lino etching, and a fascination with surface and texture. He etches blocks multiples times to create deeply bitten textures and patterns and uses multiple plates, ghost printing and overprinting to create fascinating structural forms full of depth and texture.
This course developed from Jenny and Fabian’s experimental ‘Night Owl’ print sessions at WYPW on Tuesday evenings, where they try out new techniques and test the boundaries of the medium.
No previous experience is needed for this course. Beginners are welcome, along with those who need a refresher. This is also a great course for those with an established printmaking practice who want to introduce new techniques into their work.
All course prices include basic materials such as inks, paper, tools and equipment. Other materials and printmaking papers will be available to buy during the course if you would like to try something a bit different, or take some materials home to try out.
After attending this course you will be well equipped to join our workshop as a member and 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: http://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 endeavor to give at least a week’s notice, and full refunds will be given.