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Linocut Winter Retreat


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 29th, Sunday 30th and Monday 31st January 
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Sarah Kirby

Leicester Print Workshop is delighted to present our first three day Winter Printmaking Retreats in early 2022.

Taking place over the last weekend in January, these three day immersions will give participants a chance to dedicate time to their printmaking practice. With a choice of Drypoint, (with Senior Lecturer in Printmaking at the University of Northampton and tutor for Printmaking at Open College of Arts, artist Michelle Keegan) Linocut (with renown Leicester artist and printmaker Sarah Kirby) and Mokuhanga (with Northumbria based printmaker and artist book maker Lucy May Schofield), participants will enjoy the opportunity to experiment, play, explore and focus on their chosen technique.

These courses build on the successes of our popular weeklong Summer Schools, and present a new opportunity for artistic development, inspiration and growth over Winter.

Join Sarah Kirby for a three day exploration of layered, organic Linocut techniques. Sharing her artistic practice and methods you will be working to produce a small edition of a reduction linocut prints. You will work with building colour using different sized rollers, opaque and transparent inks, layering up images and stencils.

The course is suitable for either beginners or at those wishing to push the boundaries of their practice - developing confidence to allow work unfold in new and perhaps unplanned ways, each stage of cutting informed by the previous print. Your final prints, although printed from the same block will each be unique through deliberate variations of colour at each layer.

An opportunity to work with an artist with countless hours cutting and inking to produce exquisite and rich linocut works.

Course Structure

Day 1

Introduction, examples, preparing blocks etc.

Using drawings / sketchbooks as reference for starting the design on the lino

Making your own registration blocks

Printing demos and inking stations

Introducing the Columbian and the Beever presses, and the wooden spoon

Print layer one

Start to think about drawing / cutting next layer


Day 2

More cutting

More printing

2 or 3 colour layers going on today. Time to relish what is happening to your image as you add colour, change colour, change paper, mix colours and use each stage to inform the next


Day 3

More cutting

More printing

Planning the final layers to pull the work together

Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


Online: You can book online here by credit / debit card or Paypal.

Telephone: You can pay by card over the phone during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm). Call us on 0116 251 4174.

In person: Call in to Leicester Print Workshop during our opening hours (Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm) to book and pay by card, cash or cheque.

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


Full-Print Members of Leicester Print Workshop are entitled to a 10% discount on our inhouse courses. Interested in joining LPW as a member? Click here for more information.