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190810|10th & 17th August|Cutting Edge - The Art of Simplifying Linocuts

Cutting Edge - The Art of Simplifying Linocuts


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 10th & Saturday 17th August
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Gregory Millar

LPW Artist Gregory Millar leads this new course focusing on his working processes, to produce A4 linocut prints using soft Japanese vinyl.

Key aspects of the course will include picture composition, editing, scale, creating the illustration trace, how to apply it permanently to the linocut vinyl plate, cutting the plate, inking up and printing. 

The course will also cover tips on making corrections during cutting.

By the end of the two day course students will have had the opportunity to produce their own unique linocut print and be fully self-confident in this relief process technique.

Course Structure

DAY 1 – Saturday 10 August

10:00 Introduction to the workshop + Health and Safety.

10:20 Covering examples of work, inspiration and the creative process to follow. Also, feedback on pre-submitted student images.

11.00 Tracing and transferring images to linocuts. Using permanent ink to fix the image.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Cutting the linocut.

15:30 Clean up and prep suggestions for DAY 2.


DAY 2 – Saturday 17 August 

10:00 Health and Safety reminder.

10:20 Evaluation of where the students linocut progress since DAY 1.

11.00 Proofing the linocuts with black ink onto newsprint and making adjustments

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Printing onto paper and if there’s time, experimenting with paper stencils

15:30 Clean up and next steps printmaking advice

About the Tutor

Gregory Millar is a printmaker specialising in linocut. Gregory studied graphic design and printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee before embarking on a career in graphic design at the BBC in London. Gregory has also worked with creative agencies on brand identity projects around the globe. He has now come full circle and returned to his love of printmaking.

Gregory's design style is inspired by numerous influences including the timeless clarity of classic Japanese woodblock prints and the honest realism of the Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. His linocut prints are often large in size and use multiple linocut plates to overlay different colours together. The finished results are bold, figurative images, based on a wide range of my everyday experiences which hopefully evoke an emotional connection with the viewer. Gregory's subject matter is drawn from landscapes, sports and his young family.

Gregory has exhibited at:

The National Open Printmaking Exhibition 2018, Bankside Gallery, London

LOOP Exhibition 2018, LCB, Leicester

Attenborough Arts Festival 2018, Leicester

The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2018, London


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    Pre-course information: We will send you details of how to find us and what to bring with you when we process your booking. 


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