Linocut Printing inspired by John Craxton
10am - 4pm
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No matter your level, master the fine art of linocut design, drawing inspiration from the enchanting worlds of John Craxton, Greek folk art, and Greek mythology.
Join us for a full-day linocut printing adventure! We’ll kick off with a visit to the John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey exhibition, immersing ourselves in his art’s themes and captivating graphic elements. Afterward, we’ll delve into a hands-on demonstration of lino cutting, mastering safe tool usage and practicing exciting mark-making techniques. You’ll even create your own quick test cuts and prints before embarking on more intricate designs.
Throughout the day, you’ll acquire valuable skills in designing, rendering, cutting, and printing linocut relief blocks on high-quality paper, using the finest tools and equipment. Learn the art of transferring your unique designs onto blocks and rendering them for precise cutting.
There will be a lunch break with the option to purchase one of our delicious lunch boxes from Pallant Café.
In the afternoon, you’ll continue shaping your design on the lino block, experimenting with prints at different stages. The fun doesn’t stop there – you’ll have the option to infuse vibrant colours into your creations, exploring a variety of printing techniques, including reduction, simple blocks, mono-printing, and the intriguing chine-collé technique. At the end of the workshop, you’ll get to take home a set of remarkable prints crafted from your very own lino block.
Artist educator bio - Will Dyke
Will studied illustration and printmaking at Harrow College, University of Westminster.
After an early career in bookselling, he became a full-time printmaker and tutor. He specialises in woodcut and linocuts, creating limited edition prints. Much of his work is inspired by rural life and history. His background in illustration continues to guide his design method, finding narratives in his printed subjects.
As a Sussex based artist Will teaches regular print workshops in Chichester. Also classes, demonstrations and talks across the region. He is a regular tutor for the Weald & Downland Living Museum, focusing on Historical printing.
He has also taught for the National Trust and Pallant House Gallery.
For several years, Will with his wife and fellow printmaker Nicki, organised the annual Printmakers’ Exhibition at the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester.
They now hold an annual open studio exhibition at their workshop, showing new work alongside artwork by their students.
You can see their prints on display in the Barn Emporium, near Petersfield, and the Oxmarket Gallery in Chichester.
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