Life in Lino

10am - 1pm

  • Venue Attenborough Arts Centre
  • Price £95 / £75
  • Event type Creative Courses
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Explore aspects of everyday life and transform them into inspiring linocuts.

Learn the basic techniques to carve your lino plate and enjoy the experimental side of inking and printing up your design to create exciting and vibrant prints.  

During the five weekly sessions you will:

  • Learn about the lino printing process and be able to use cutting tools safely and effectively.
  • Understand how to print plates with a variety of inks, papers and printing process
  • Produce a number of prints to take home.

Week 1: Introduction to the basic tools through demonstration and learn how to carve lino exploring the use of mark making with one-to-one help. Explore images of everyday life through discussion that could be developed into a print such as familiar buildings, still life objects or portraits of people.

Week 2: With tutor support, develop a design for your print and learn through demonstration how to transfer your drawing onto the lino and begin carving the white areas away. Through demonstration understand how to ink up a plate to take a print basic print.

Week 3: Develop plates, carving away more areas to create a reduction print. Experiment with different inking up techniques and registration processes to create multiple prints.

Week 4: Experiment with overlapping plates, rotating and offsetting, gain an understanding of how to use a printing press and explore printing on different thickness papers.

Week 5: Understand how to create a series of prints through example work, discussion and demonstration. Explore the technique Chine Collé through demonstration and individual support and consider the possibilities of using lino to print onto other surfaces.

Suitable for complete beginners and those will a little experience who would like to develop their skills further.

Tutor Jo Shearer is an artist and art educator living and working in Leicestershire. Her belief is that art is for everyone. It is another language for expressing and communicating our experiences, thoughts and emotions which often reflect the world around us and how we fit into it. Art can demonstrate a tremendous level of skill and be aesthetically pleasing; however, the greatest strength is in its capacity to express and unite people. Jo studied Visual BA (Hons) Arts and English Literature and a PGCE in secondary art. She taught in schools and colleges in Hertfordshire and Leicestershire for over 10 years. After leaving mainstream education she continued her love of teaching through tutoring and went on to develop workshops like this one. She enjoys the freedom to work in a variety of media and has an ever-increasing love for print. She enjoys nurturing creativity and developing individuals' skills to build confidence in their own work as well as evoking a sense of calm and release of emotions through the process of making. Her personal work explores the spaces that we inhabit, the collection of experiences and emotions that connect us to a place and the inherent beauty of the natural world in all its forms.

This is a five-week course starting on Weds 24 April 2024 and ending on 29 May 2024. Each session is 3 hours long, 10am-1pm, totalling 15 hours across the five-week course.

Please note: no session on 8 May 2024.

All materials and equipment will be provided. Please dress in old clothes and/or bring an apron as printing can get messy!

Participants must be aged 16+. Under 18s must be accompanied by a paying adult at all times.

Further Information:

We aim to make all our sessions as accessible as possible and carers/PAs are very welcome – just remember to book their free place when you book your session. If you'd like to talk to us in advance of booking or attending your sessions to discuss your access needs, our Box Office team is here to help! Email, pop in or call 0116 252 2455, open 7 days a week.

We have four blue badge parking spaces outside Attenborough Arts Centre, plus double yellow line roadside parking very close to the building for blue badge holders for up to three hours if our parking spaces are occupied.

Free parking for all customers is available after 5pm on weekdays and all day at weekends in the University of Leicester car park next door to Attenborough Arts Centre on Lancaster Road. The closest public car park for parking at all other times is Victoria Park, 5-10 minutes walk from us.

Please ensure that you agree to our updated Terms & Conditions before booking as courses/workshops are non-refundable in some circumstances.