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Relief Printmaking With Wood And Lino Workshop

Relief Printmaking With Wood And Lino Workshop

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Peter Brown


This course will concentrate on two of relief printmaking’s most enduring and classic materials: wood and linoleum. The prints you create will be made from a combination of the two and shall provide the opportunity to make powerful prints and big statements.

Wood, with its natural grain, can contribute a subtle quality to a print and yet it may equally be cut quickly and energetically, creating a print of explosive expression. Lino, by contrast, will reward more careful and considered design and cutting. During the course you will be making prints from your own ideas. These may be mono or multicolour and involve a reduction cutting method.
Experimentation will be encouraged when approaching both cutting and printing. If you wish, the printing can involve the use of a Victorian Albion press, which is part of the excellent facilities in the Printmaking Department at the main CSM King’s Cross site.

Topics covered

  • How to prepare wood and lino for printmaking
  • Methods of registration
  • Transfer of designs onto the wood and lino
  • Cutting and mark-making
  • Mixing then applying oil-based ink using a roller
  • Printing using various methods

Level: All Levels

Who should take this course?
This course is aimed at anyone who has a visual inclination and is interested in making prints. It will require students to produce their own images from which to make prints.

Entry requirements
No previous printmaking experience is necessary.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Peter Brown gained a post-graduate diploma in illustration from St Martins in 1992. Since then he has worked as a freelance illustrator and printmaker. He is a visiting lecturer in further education and teaches printmaking workshops at Gainsborough's House, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the Sidney Nolan Trust. He specialises in wood engraving and Japanese woodblock and has illustrated a weekly wildlife column for the Times newspaper for the past 20 years. Peter is a member of the Society of Wood Engravers and exhibits regularly with the Society of Wildlife artists. See more of Peter's work on his website:


Please bring the following to the first session:

  • Sketch book/drawings/ ideas
  • Protective clothing; apron, gloves, old trousers
  • Drawing equipment
  • Permanent marker
  • Cutting tools you may have

Available dates