Course Start DatesTuesday 7th April 2020
About the Course
Join Claire at the countryside printmaking studio where you will learn how to design and carve your own lino printing block.
The workshop begins with an introduction to linocut, everyone is taught how to use the carving tools and the basic cutting techniques. An initial practice block is made which allows students to experiment with mark making. Students are often surprised at how quickly their skills develop.
Next you will spend time composing your design. You may wish to bring some of your own images to work from, however plenty of inspiration is at hand to help you decide.
You will be shown how to ink your lino block and how to burnish prints by hand, you will also learn how to use the antique cast iron book presses.
Everyone will take home a set of lino block printed cards and envelopes, their original carving and mark making block and a copy of Oxford Linocut Workshops printmaking guide booklet which covers all the techniques used on the day.
The workshop is hands-on, creative and very informative. It is suitable for complete beginners, everything is explained clearly with demonstrations. Lots of support and advice is given throughout. There will be plenty of individual tuition time.
Claire is a friendly and encouraging teacher, she has exhibited with the Society of Wood Engravers, at The Mall Galleries in London, as well as regularly taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks.
Suitable for beginners as well as those with some experience - Over 16's
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?
All tools and materials are provided including: carving gouges, linoleum, drawing equipment, non-slip mat, inks, rollers, cards, envelopes and aprons.
Complimentary tea, coffee and cake.
Loved the day learning the art of linocutting- beautiful inspirational setting, excellent tutor. Claire shared all her knowledge with us, which made a refreshing change and we learnt so much. We left feeling completely inspired and ordered our own tools that evening - bring on never buying a greeting card again.
Thank you Claire. We hope to return!
Michelle & Phil - - #27775
I really enjoyed the course. Claire is an amazingly talented artist, and great tutor. I came away inspired to be more creative!
Ilse Dodd - - #27712
I went with my sister and mum, and we had the most wonderful day. Claire is a superb teacher, patient kind and gently encourages you to do that little bit more. Our results were great! We went home with a bundle of cards, our artwork, the knowledge and skills to create at will, with all the instructions, equipment list (not much) and suppliers info we needed. The environment was simply the most beautiful, creative space.
Claire’s talent is awe inspiring. And, what a lovely person! thank you so much Claire xxx (we will be returning! 🥰)
Angela - - #27486
I was apprehensive before the course as I didn’t know how much artistic talent was required. Turns out... none at all! The guidance from Claire was very good, and the 8 of us in the class all produced very different but equally beautiful cards and prints. The time flew by in beautiful surroundings - the day was relaxed but structured, and I really really wish Claire ran evening courses so we could continue to practice what we’ve learned with her expert support on hand.
Louisa - - #27476
I don’t have an artistic bone in my body so I can only credit Claire for her skill in the production of my lino prints. I proudly showed them off when I got home with nothing less than gasps of amazement from my husband and children. As a bit of a bonus I found myself ‘lost in the moment‘ several times during the course of the day so I am also putting a big tick in the ‘mindfulness’ box. Who would have thought!!! Thank you Claire- a very enjoyable day. I doubt I will ever need to buy a greetings card again!!! Great for sustainability too!!!
Anna - - #27473
What a truly brilliant day I had! Having felt like I'd lost my printing passion for good somewhere in the depths of myself before getting there, walking into Claire's studio I immediately felt relaxed and inspired by not only all her beautiful work but the atmosphere created in such a lovely space.
Claire is a brilliant tutor encouraging and patient going through each step explaining of the process and what we needed to do, giving individuals one to one time and helping us to create the best print we could. There was plenty of room, inking stations and book presses to use ourselves which made it feel like you were on your own little print journey creating colours and printing cards to your hearts content. I got home and immediately found all my old print supplies out and set about carving once more.
Thank you Claire through your course and wonderful teaching you have given me the confidence to create again and to start printmaking at home. I would certainly recommend Claire's course to anyone even if you have never done anything like this before. I will no doubt be back in 2020 for another course.
Michala Sales - - #27070
I hugely enjoyed this course and came away feeling really pleased with my linocut and both inspired and confident to have a go at home. The day was run in a very effective way, so that we had clear instruction and practice so we knew what we were doing, and then plenty of time to invent and work on our own designs with Claire's expert support. I'd recommend this course enthusiastically to anyone with the slightest interest in trying linocut printing.
Catherine - - #26941
A lovely day well spent. Super environment & some super teaching too with a patient & passionate teacher. Very pleased with the end result.
Thank you Claire.
Nikki - - #26934
Claire was an excellent teacher. Both knowledgeable and encouraging in equal measures. The work we produced looked amazing even though we were all beginners. Would happily recommend this course.
Lois - - #26899
Lovely afternoon in Oxfordshire making custom lino prints. I went into the workshop without much idea beyond that we would be doing lino, and was pleasantly surprised by how well set up, run and friendly Claire and the workshop space was. I made a lino of the Cornish coast and printed it on about 13 cards in different colors, having absolute flexibility on the design, just able to let the creativity flow. Would highly recommend, no experience necessary.
Laura - - #26885
I have been on a lot of creative workshops and courses recently, and Claire's was undoubtedly the best. She is an excellent teacher-- really clear, patient and encouraging, and her studio is beautiful. She goes above and beyond to accommodate different artistic ambitions, and is just a lovely, warm person. If you're even 3% interested in lino printing, go to one of Claire's workshops and your enthusiasm will flourish!
Maddy Norman - - #26884
My Lino Print Course experience was excellent. Claire has a gentle and inspiring style of teaching and I came away from the course feeling energised to be more creative. Everything was supplied, from good advice to mince pies! The warm and supportive atmosphere from the other participants made for a very fulfilling day. Would definitely do again.
Gail - - #26786
I really enjoyed the course. Claire is a supportive, calm and enthusiastic teacher. She was very well prepared and everything you need is provided including as much tea, coffee and cake as you want! Despite not being artistic I came away very satisfied with a set of prints I really like and an enthusiasm to do more linocutting. A really pleasurable experience.
Liz - - #26724
Wonderful day with wall to wall cake and some beautiful results by absolute beginners that looked so professional. Such a pleasure.
Marion McGilvary - - #26705
Great introduction to linocutting! Claire was an excellent teacher with just the right amount of help and advice. Friendly group, lovely setting, tea and cake - what’s not to like? Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of giving this a go!
RuthPage - - #26356
I really enjoyed this course. Clare is an amazing teacher, she is very calm and extremely knowledgeable in her craft. I learnt so much and was thrilled with the end result. The studio and surroundings are idyllic and I came away with a good understanding of lino cutting and printing. I've booked to attend the lino cut printing on fabric and I'm very much looking forward to learning with Clare again.
Sally Nichols - - #25536
I enjoyed a happy and constructive day in comfortable and interesting surroundings. Claire was a great tutor and very generous with information. I will look forward to repeating the experience and have already recommended the day to others, as well as coming home with satisfying prints, many thanks Sandy
Sandy clayson - - #25466
This was an excellent workshop. The setting was delightful. Claire has prepared a well-organised programme, with good examples; step-by-step content geared to complete beginners and more experienced lino-cutters and printers; very good facilities and equipment; attention to safety; great advice and encouragement; plus the added bonus of drinks and cake! The day flew by. Recommended.
Jan Vandevelde - - #25465
A lovely afternoon, in beautiful surroundings, with an excellent tutor.
I found the course extremely engaging, and it was very well taught. There was never a sense of pressure and despite not being in any way artistic, and never having done linocut before I left with a set of prints I feel really pleased with.
Benedict Leigh - - #24653
Claire’s course was excellent. She explained everything beautifully, supported us with our individual endeavours and was really encouraging. I thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon, I learned a great deal and achieved something worthwhile.
Sally Russell - - #24650
Claire was such a excellent teacher, very informative and patient. - we did lino cut prints on cards. The moment you walk into her studio, you are surrounded by Claire's amazing work and warm energy. She was so encouraging and patient with us all and through her support and guidance we were able to produce a piece of work which we were thrilled with. It was a very informative afteroon and we are now inspired to do more creations at home. It was all very well organised from booking the places on the course to the details of how to get there on the day! We will be booking on Claire’s other fabric printing course too. Thank you again for an enjoyable afternoon, the drinks and cake/biscuits. Very much appreciated.
Lynn and Lucy - - #23986
I attended the lino printing in fabric workshop today. Claire was a fantastic tutor who helped me develop my idea long before I attended the course!
The teaching, knowledge, hospitality, facilities and resources are all first class and I feel give amazing value for money! I enjoyed the day immensely and thank Claire for ensuring my project was completed. I am now the very proud owner of a camera print design that I plan to make into a blind for my downstairs loo! One thing is for sure no one else will have one of these prints. I guarantee that with Claire’s support you will be very pleased with what you can achieve. 100% recommended.
Matt Carter - - #23529
Had such a great afternoon with Claire and the group. Enjoyed it so much I am purchasing my own equipment to make my own prints/cards. Will be booking on Claire’s other fabric printing course as she’s a very patient and informative tutor.
Dawn Raffield - - #23045
A lovely afternoon. Claire is an inspirational teacher and nothing was too much trouble for her - from ensuring we had the right directions to get to the venue to ensuring we got as many cards as possible printed in the time.
Julie Smith - - #21609
What a wonderful afternoon of creativity. Claire made us feel so welcome and surrounded by her masterpieces, we were all inspired. Having never done anything like this before, Claire was so encouraging, patient and helpful and we all went home having made prints we were so proud of.
Thank you so much!
I would not hesitate to recommend this workshop, you will not be disappointed.
Lisa Howard - - #19735
Claire is a lovely tutor – just the right balance of theory and practical, fun and safety, she was always reassuring and positive, and gave us all the right amount of attention - help and advice on technique and design - to ensure we got what we needed to come away with our own personal lino block. She's given me the confidence to try this myself in the near future.
I was really thrilled to produce a dozen cards with my print and will be proud to send them to friends and family.
Nice touches with the tea, biscuits and cakes too.
fiona g - - #19358
Thank you Claire for a really enjoyable afternoon...you have inspired me! A great teacher, in a fab environment. I love the fact I didnt have a design in mind, no clue of the technique, but went home with some prints & wanting to learn more. Thoroughly recommend Claire and this workshop!
Elaine Floyd - - #19341
A superb afternoon learning how to linocut and print, I couldn't recommend it highly enough. I went in with zero experience and ended up with a set of cards that I was very pleased with, having had a really absorbing afternoon in a welcoming environment.
Simon James - - #19305
We had an informative, enjoyable, creative and fun afternoon with Claire, thank you. The teaching pace was just right, she skillfully and patiently showed us what to do without doing it for us and she was very well organised resulting in us all producing lovely cards to take home, leaving us with a feeling of satisfaction and also that we would like to have another go
Ann Shaw - - #19228
A lovely afternoon. Claire explained everything so carefully and clearly and I was so happy with the cards I made!
Sophie Green - - #19170
Claire was very welcoming, calm and very clear in her teaching approach, and very encouraging of everyone in the class.
The venue was beautiful - a lovely old barn - that felt very arty crafty.
Lovely to be able to take cards home that we'd created.
Thank you for a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Linocut course with Claire - - #19169
A great course in lino-cutting. Great instruction, guidance, advice and support meaning all of the attendees produced lovely cards they were proud of. I will definitely be coming again. Super cake too!
Laura - - #19166
This was such a wonderful class, taught at an appropriate and enjoyable pace by a very talented artist. I will be going back. Thank you. Tina
Tina Miller - - #18569
Claire is inspirational - from the moment you walk into her studio, you are surrounded by her incredible work and her calm, warm energy. Claire was so encouraging and patient, and through her gentle support and guidance I was able to produce a piece of work I was thrilled with, and which was completely my own. I entered the course a complete beginner and left with the confidence and enthusiasm to carry on independently. What a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
Miranda Lambourne - - #18154
Not only is Claire a hugely talented artist but she has the patience to encourage complete novices to complete very satisfying pieces of work. She provides advice and guidance but never "takes over" so the end result is all your own work! We will definitely carry on!
Julie and Peter Ross - - #18075
I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon with Claire learning how to lino-print. She is a wonderful teacher,very good at explaining technique and very encouraging. Her course was very well organised and I coul;d not fault it at all. Thank you Claire.
Barbara Cook - - #18052
A wonderful afternoon with Claire learning to make Lino cuts. She was such a lovely host and excellent teacher. In an afternoon we were about to print cards from our work which I thought wonderful.
I’d love to go again if I get the chance
Debbie Edlmann - - #18050
Claire. A lovely afternoon. Relaxed, but informative and helpful. You paced the time excellently and had a very calm, relaxed manner
Thoroughly enjoyable. Will come again and recommend you
Ps, hope the speech making went well!
Hazel Sim - - #17276
Claire is a lovely person with a knowledgeable, gentle and encouraging teaching style. Beautiful location & inspiring workspace with excellent tools to create your own masterpiece (plus great catering with continous tea coffee & drinks available). I am definitely looking forward to attending another workshop. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone interested in trying a new art form or finding out more about linocut whatever your artistic or creative ability. From simple to incredibly intricate designs, everyone can create a fabulous piece of individual art.
Carol Bader - - #16983
What a totally absorbing and satisfying afternoon! Claire has created a wonderfully calm, creative environment for the lino cutting and printing course, and she walked us through the processes clearly with no pressure at any point. I really appreciated her advice throughout and also the fact that she allowed us to all create our lino blocks and prints 100% ourselves. The variety of end results that the 5 of us on the course created showed how wonderfully individual this is as a craft, and it has certainly inspired me to have a go making more creations at home. I’ll certainly be back for another course with Claire.
Philippa Snellgrove - - #16982
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