About the Course
Whether you're making a limited edition print series, designing your own card, or experimenting with repeat pattern work, this workshop is perfect for complete beginners as well as experienced artists.
Using simple techniques for striking results, this workshop gives you all the skills you need for tabletop linocut printmaking. Step-by-step through the creative printing process, from composing your design to cutting and printing your block, using reduction, multi block or masking techniques for multicoloured or monochrome prints.
Max 10 people in each workshop.
Please contact Olivia to join her Early Bird Newsletter for advance notice of all her workshops.
Sometimes people ask me 'if I've attended your printmaking workshop before, can I come again?' -
Yes, of course! People return to the workshop over and over again. Many use the workshop as an opportunity to develop their ideas further or to practice a new technique (e.g multi block, chine colle etc.) And some people book both workshops (Saturday and Sunday) in order to complete more complex printing projects (e.g. reduction method). And some return just for the joy of spending a whole day entirely devoted to creative printmaking without distractions!
Olivia Clifton-Bligh is an award winning sculptor and printmaker, specialising in woodcut and linocut techniques. Her studio is at Bull Mill Arts, an artist's community established by Lord Bath on the Longleat Estate, on the banks of the beautiful river Wylye surrounded by water meadows and woodland.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Tools and materials are provided (including linocutting gouges, linoleum, bench hook, roller, water-based printing ink, inking plate, printing baren, cartridge paper, tracing paper, carbon sheets, and drawing equipment).
If you have your own preferred lino tools or printing papers, do bring them with you.
Plentiful images are provided to use as inspiration or templates.
You are also very welcome to bring your own preparatory material.
Tea and biscuits are provided. Please bring a packed lunch.
I was given this workshop as a birthday present by my two thoughtful sisters-in-law. The day was perfect: Olivia is a generous and inspirational artist and tutor, and it was wonderful to be immersed in printmaking, surrounded by like-minded people, in such a beautiful setting. Thank you for a magnificent experience. I would quite happily do this every month - there's an idea, Olivia? (cue: cheesy grin).
Corinna - - #23087
The lino printmaking course was a thoroughly enjoyable and completely absorbing day. Olivia's relaxed presence and guidance helped to build confidence to the extent that even highly self-critical newcomers like myself were really pleasantly surprised with the results!
Duncan Cameron - - #21471
Olivia is a very inspiring teacher and it was wonderful to be able to engross myself in this workshop, supported by her wide and in-depth knowledge, which she very generously shared with all of us.
Kate Westcott - - #21246
Olivia is an excellent teacher. The email sent in advance provided clear instructions for finding the workshop, how the day worked with refreshments and what size of image we would be working with. This enabled me to arrive with sketches ready to work into a design for the day. The workshop places were ready when I arrived with everything needed for the day. We were welcomed with tea, coffee and biscuits. We started on time with an introductory explanatory talk that included very useful examples of her work including the lino blocks supplemented by examples of prints by professional artists and students from earlier workshops. These were both informative and inspirational. Then we started the day's work while Olivia came to each of us giving personal tuition. These individual and tailored sessions continued throughout the day with occasional whole group guidance as our progress moved through the processes to printing. Everyone completed their designs to printing stage; some people producing a number of prints. Olivia encouraged those of us who had not finished the number of prints we wanted to stay on after the ending time. The day was very successful. I achieved my objectives and happily recommend this course.
Sally Hughes - - #21200
This workshop was everything and more I hoped it would be. I finished the workshop feeling really inspired and eager to do more linocut art. A great day.
Hannah - - #21197
I was given the Linocut Printmaking Workshop as a gift and what an amazing gift it was, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.
The day was well planned and broken down in to sections to suit all abilities, including a beginner like myself. Olivia was warm and welcoming and the whole atmosphere of the day was perfect. The guidance and motivation she gave to each individual was excellent. I came away from the workshop extremely pleased with what I had achieved and I feel that I have been provided with the skills required to continue printmaking.
Thank you Olivia for such a great day.
Michelle - - #21194
this was a days course which was educational & fun. Olivia is a great teacher explaining the process clearly & well. Would recommend highly.
Clare Baker-Smith - - #21179
I highly recommend this workshop to anyone who thinks they would like to have a go at lino cutting. Olivia is an inspirational and talented teacher, and she has obviously put much thought into making this course so good. She is a highly skilled artist and her enthusiasm for this art form is infectious. We were provided with all the equipment we needed, and even boxes of assorted pictures, postcards etc in case we needed any inspiration. With the wood burner lit and gentle piano music playing in the background we were all soon happily creating our own works of art. What a lovely way to spend a day!
Judith - - #18115
A friendly and informative day in a relaxed atmosphere with other like-minded people. Olivia explained everything so well and had lots of source material to help with ideas. We were provided with everything we needed to produce several prints and experiment with different colours if we chose to. I will recommend to others. Great value too in comparison with other courses I have looked at.
Megan Eastaugh - - #18099
An excellent workshop, far better than one I had attended previously elsewhere. Lovely location and workshop, very welcoming and a very friendly dog. We were provided with all the equipment we would need as well as lots of pictures as inspiration. Olivia was an excellent teacher and I now understand some methods I couldn't grasp on a previous workshop elsewhere, as well as learning new techniques such as masking and how to create repeat patterns. Olivia spent time with each person at the workshop, giving advice and hints and tips. The follow up email with links to suppliers is also extremely useful.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable day, a real tonic and I came away with a number of prints. I am now determined to do my design again, making changes. I feel confident enough to do more at home but as the workshop was so good I might treat myself to another to develop my skills further.
C Atkinson - - #18088
The workshop is very professionally run by Olivia with all tools and materials provided. The standard of teaching is excellent. Olivia has a way of ensuring that you have a thorough understanding of the processes and the highest level which might be achieved. With her artists eye she guides you towards completing a piece of work to the very best of your ability. Never doing it for you but rather explaining how to get over possible problems or design weaknesses. Absolutely recommend the course for location, setting, facilities and teaching.
Lynn Cooke - - #17020
I attended a lino cutting course with Olivia a couple of weekends ago and thoroughly enjoyed it - as a beginner the instruction was really good. Olivia's enthusiasm and encouragement are very evident, and she is very generous with her knowledge. Overall I found the course inspirational.
Julia Gallop - - #16004
This was a day of learning, creativity and great fun! Ollie is an enthusiastic and creative teacher and uses every opportunity to give us more insight into print making. She was brilliant at seeing where we each wanted to go with our idea and helping us to develop it and teaching techniques specific to what we wanted to do. The results are amazing and as a beginner, I really felt I had produced something better than I expected. I will definitely do another one!
Lizzy - - #15917
Such an enjoyable day for my daughter and I!
Olivia explained everything very well, and was very approachable if you had any questions.
She made her way around to everyone participating and was always full of praise and encouragement. We didn't ever feel rushed (even when my own piece of work took longer to print).
Olivia is truly inspirational and always had a smile on her face!
We look forward to returning.
Louise Stone - - #15916
Olivia wears her deep knowledge and skill lightly and transfers it simply and enthusiastically in a way that fills you with confidence. Such is her manner that, even as a complete beginner, it never even occurred to me that I wouldn't produce a print I would be happy with. She is supportive and encouraging and is curious about each person's individual creativity. We all had great fun and left happy with our work and inspired to continue. Very highly recommended.
Michael Moriarty - - #15907
Even though I was completely new to lino printmaking, I really enjoyed this day and came away with a print that I was very happy with. Olivia made it a relaxed and informative day. I'll certainly be recommending the course to friends.
David - - #15904
I attended a lino printmaking course with Olivia a couple of weeks ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I have some experience of this kind of print making but came away feeling I had learnt a lot more particularly about inking up.
The introduction was good and of interest to all not just beginners - her enthusiasm is infectious and inspiring. I have already recommended the course to a friend.
Deirdre Geenwood - - #15593
Olivia is a lively, very positive tutor , it is fun packed day and everybody leaves the workshop upbeat and happy with what they have produced.
Angharad Rhys Roberts - - #13398
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