classroom opens

Oct 7 2016

you will be able to reroll now but won't have access to the lessons until the 7 th October 2016

This class covers all the basics you need to create beautiful one colour lino prints at home without expensive equipment like presses. You can use techniques learned in this class to create fine art pieces, handprint cards, fabric, or create blocks or stamps for your mixed media work, or for adding to your journals. There are so many possibilities once you have the basics and this is a great guide that gives you all the skills you need to create great prints.

Below there is a bit of a video introduction for you and below that is a video on basic equipment and also a frequently asked questions section

You can also contact me for anything not covered here that you are curious about and I look forward to answering any queries you may have.

I am looking forward to seeing you in class!!!

Don't miss out
come and start printing!!!

This class will give you all the information and skills you need to create  simple and one colour lino prints. Sometimes lino printing gets a bad rap as being hard to do, or too expensive and needing a lot of special equipment, or even worse that it is dangerous and you are likely to take your hand off with one of the lino cutting tools, but if I can manage to teach a classroom full of 12 year old boys without breaking the budget, no major incidents or blood being drawn then it is a lot easier than you are thinking.

I seriously love lino printing, and have done since I first did it many years ago... too many years ago, but like any long term love we have had a complex relationship. I used to relish in teaching it in the classroom, and weirdly it didn't worry me that I had a classroom of thirty teenagers armed with carving tools... in fact I used to volunteer to teach it for others if they would take the dreaded ceramics units off my hands! 

But somewhere along the line it sort of disappeared as I got swamped with other work but I recently embarked on the epic declutter of 2016 and many old blocks and supplies were deemed discardable and ended up in the skip.  But as is always the case I started obsessing and thinking about them and regretting binning them. So I did what all good art addicts did I went to the art store and resupplied and have been falling back in love ever since. So I have been madly squeezing in as many moments into prints as possible and putting this together has been a great excuse to squeeze in many more. I hope you get in and give it a go, though I make no excuses for the fact that  it is highly addictive!

We cover

  • materials
  • how to find inspiration
  • how to design a block
  • carving lino
  • printing lino blocks
  • test prints and finalising designs
  • making stamps
  • printing stamps
  • and more...

Do I need a lot of special equipment?

Kind of... you will need lino obviously but this is pretty easy to come by these days, and isn't as expensive as you think. You will also need a lino tool... just one could work and they are available singly, though a set is also a great investment if you think you want to do a lot of it. You will also need a brayer or hard roller of some sort, but these aren't too expensive, and some inks, or you can buy a medium which turns your paints into inks. Using paints will also work, but you get a better result with inks, but if you are just wanting to see if you like it, then normal body or thick body acrylic paints will do the job! You won't need access to a printing press as we are hand printing so a wooden spoon works perfectly, or a baren if the budget extends, but as they are only a few dollars, this isn't too bad. Then you need something to roll your ink out on, which can be an old tray or a sheet of plastic and the final thing you will need is paper and pretty much anything you have on hand will do. There are some really reasonable kits out there which have everything you need to get started... I picked one up for $16 recently and I only just finished using the ink... a great investment! There is a video just above that has a basics kit for you...

Is this suitable for beginners

Yes it is. I cover all the basics and take you through step by step.The course is designed to be suitable for people who are wanting to give it a bit of a go, without getting into too much depth, sort of a basics introduction. You might also want to do it if it has been a long time since you have attacked lino, and want to familiarise yourself with the new equipment like vinyl lino.... I am not teaching you anything that has never been seen before, but I am teaching you how I do it and what has worked for students in the past and in courses and classrooms that I have run in the real world. I want you to get great base skills that will help you find lots of idea for moving forward and minimise hassles and frustrations. Learning good technique from the beginning is a great way to fast forward your skills. There is also the social aspects too... Who doesn't want to hang out in a classroom with like minded souls...

What is included in the course?

The whole course is a self paced course which means it is not run "live"with lessons released each week. All the lessons are released at one time and you work through them at your own pace. I will be checking in a couple of times a week and will be checking on your progress and answering questions. There are several video lessons, some of which have multiple parts, as well as a materials video, and of course some welcome and goodbye chats. I have also included written explanations and examples, some images which I hope will inspire you, and some pdf's to download. Artists to go looking at to inspire you, discussion boards where you can discuss, share your work, interact with your classmates and get feedback from me are available for all the lessons, plus you get access to a private facebook group and there is a pinterest board. Plus all of this is available for lifetime access on this platform. Which means you can come back and revisit it any time, or if I add or update any videos you will always have access to the all of the course material.... for ever.

Do I have to be a good artists, or what if I'm not that creative?

We are all creative even if you don't think you are, so put that sort of negative self talk aside right now and come and play with us. I can tell you that you will be creating some amazing work in no time. One of the big advantages of being in the class is that i am an experienced and trained art teacher, I even have a Masters in Art Education, and won awards for my research. I am completely and utterly committed to teaching art in a way that gives people the chance to be their best creative selves...

Do I have to complete this in a set time?

The course comes with lifetime access on this platform so you can dip in and out as you like. You can revisit lessons and videos, you can pop in and chat with new and old participants on the discussion boards and be part of the fun on your terms. It is self paced and is for you to fit into your lifestyle. This is no pressure learning here!

Will it all work on tablets and phones, and do I need high speed internet?

High speed internet would be an advantage as there are a lot of videos, but it has all been configured to work on your ipads and devices as well as on computers. If you don't have access to a good internet connection, or plenty of data then you won't get the full advantages and best experience of the course. Videos are not downloadable as they are offered with lifetime access, so please take this into account when enrolling

Do I have to join in with the groups?

If you would like to be part of the Facebook group, or pin to our class Pinterest board you will be welcomed with open arms. If you don't then we will still have arms open. The joy of all this is you get to do it your way. You might like to stalk the groups and read and get a bit of courage happening before you post, or you might dive in with both feet. It is all about you so you can do as you like and you can change your mind at any time and either jump in or out as suits you.

Can I share the information from the course?

I hope you respect that this is a private course, that you and others have paid for, and that I have spent a lot of time putting together. So while I would encourage you to share your work in any and all forums that you like, but the work of others or specific content is not for general sharing sorry. I think that using your judgement is key about what you share and I certainly hope that you hashtag #linoprinting101 like crazy and are proud of your work and shout that to the hilltops, but content and techniques and processes specific to the course and my teaching materials aren't for sharing outside of the classroom.

Can I change my mind about enrolling?

I am sorry but once you sign up then refunds will not be given. If there are technical difficulties I will work with coursecraft to ensure these are sorted for you.

I have done another course run by you, is there a discount as a returnign student?

Why yes there is. I am thrilled you are back for more and the code you will use is DPALUM and you will receive a 10% discount!

I hope I get to see you in class

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