Printmaking – conversations between lino blocks with Dale Devereux Barker


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About this course

Take risks and get confident overprinting with blocks of lino that merge together to create surprising new images. Exploit the possibilities of using two or more blocks that talk to each other and be prepared to be surprised.

Course Description

This course is aimed at those students who wish to challenge themselves both technically and creatively. Working with several lino blocks to create a single image, you will be shown how many surprises and new horizons are possible in the multitude of options available by overprinting and combining this with the reduction linocut process.

You will be shown the correct way of using printing inks, presses and cutting into blocks. You will also be shown how to print without a press and experiment with the effects that caustic soda can have on a block. Perhaps more importantly, you will be encouraged to take risks with this process and embrace the chance element that this activity can bring. In so doing, you will become braver with your image-making, and more competent at making your general creative practice more successful.

You should expect to make a lot of work during the course; the tutor aims to conduct the days in an atmosphere of fearless excitement peppered with fun and confidence.


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


  • Materials shared amongst the group, including inks, lino and papers.
  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials.

What students need to bring

  • Apron, hand-cream and nail brush

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Selected specialist papers
  • Lino
  • Spirit-based felt-tip pen
  • Cutting tools
  • Scalpel
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, i.e. 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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