This course is aimed at those who have no, or exceptionally little, previous lino-cutting experience. To introduce you to lino, you will start with exploring the textures and marks that can be created on the surface, using both traditional cutting tools and a selection of unusual non-traditional items. You will be encouraged to understand that lino can be an exceptionally fluid and responsive medium, alongside its more traditional graphic role.
You will be working on traditional hessian backed lino made from linseed oil and cork, since this offers the artist a greater range of mark-making options. For those with any strength difficulties when cutting the lino, a softer vinyl alternative is available, but this may restrict some of the marks you will explore. You will be working in black to start with to establish the language of each student, and then moving onto basic colour work to allow a glimpse into the understanding and potentials of layering.
This course aims to equip you with enough information to go away with confidence and explore the medium in your own time safely and expressively. The workshop will illustrate how lino need not just be for graphic arts, but can be incredibly flowing and intuitive, and has the potential to be both delicate and bold.
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.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
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)
Mary trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MFA in Printmaking. She has been teaching since 2008, including running the lithography studio at the famous Curwen. Her work is in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Tate Library as well as international museums.