Linocut printmaking with confidence with Dale Devereux Barker


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About this course

Make one-off prints using cut paper stencils, lino and printing ink. Develop these further by cutting into your blocks and over-laying colour.

Course Description

Create images intuitively, take risks and work fast to make one-off prints using cut paper stencils, lino and printing ink. Develop these further by cutting into your blocks and over-laying colour.

Everybody lacks confidence when it comes to making 'art', even the famous and celebrated. This course aims to fly in the face of such whimsy and sets out to challenge, overcome and cast aside nervousness and to convert it into fearlessness and self-belief. To get the most from this course, you should bring with you an ability to take risks, be curious, be willing to invest time into the process and have a serious approach to the activity of having fun.

The first evening session sets out the philosophy of the course and its aims. Examples of approaches will be shown and the range of materials to be used will be discussed. It is hoped that this session will fire you up and get you raring to go.

Linocut printmaking is a way to create spontaneous images. By exploiting the inherent process-led nature of this activity, you will learn to gain mastery of the direction of picture making and how to fix problems within your work. You will be encouraged to embrace risk taking, work in series and learn how to create a dialogue with your work. The technical aspects of using lino as a printing vehicle and its allied activities of inks, presses and cutting will all be addressed and mastered.

By the end of the course, you will leave with a knowledge of utilising lino to generate images but more importantly, with a knowledge of what you want from your creativity and how to engage with it to make confident pictures.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of all materials required for the course, although you may wish to supplement this with extra materials if you wish.

What students need to bring

  • Although not essential, if you have any sketchbooks, notebooks, previous work or starting points of any kind, bring them along as it may spark off an interesting departure point for the course.
  • Apron, your own cutting tools, a scalpel.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Specialist papers, cutting tools, craft knives, printing inks.
The making of lino blocks and printing is a physically demanding process and requires students to have good dexterity and strength to manage the use of the Albion press and cutting tools. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).


Dale Devereux Barker

Dale Devereux Barker studied printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art. His colourful work is exhibited internationally and he has undertaken large scale public art commissions for both public and private clients. Best known as a printmaker using lino, he has pushed the boundaries of this medium into sculpture, vitreous enamel, ceramic and the artists book.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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