Olivia Clifton-Bligh at Bull Mill Arts reviews

25 Sep 22'

Imogen Racz reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"I really enjoyed the day workshop, which was tailored well to different wishes and levels of ability. I wanted to learn how to do coloured linocut, and Olivia took me through the process with expertise and encouragement. The day was relaxed and supportive, while also being instructive and well structured. I will return."

24 Sep 22'

Suzanne reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"I really enjoyed my weekend trying out a new hobby under the expert guidance of Olivia. There was lots of encouragement and enthusiasm. The workshop was cosy and comfortable - the perfect place to get away for a break. "

Olivia Clifton-Bligh at Bull Mill Arts responded:

" Thank you so much for your lovely review Suzanne! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the linocut workshop - and congratulations for making beautiful prints. I hope to see you again, Best wishes Olivia"

26 Apr 22'

Heather McCombie reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"A thoroughly enjoyable day, structured so that even complete beginners like me would have the satisfaction of taking home a finished piece. Lovely studio complete with cosy woodburner. My main worry had been preparation of the image, but lots of time and individual attention was devoted to this so that the process became much less daunting. You don't have to be brilliant at drawing, and little slips or inaccuracies at the cutting stage don't usually matter, and can actually add to the charm of the finished image. It was thrilling to see the image in print for the first time! This could get addictive... I've already ordered a set of materials and will definitely be back once I've had some practice at home!"

9 Mar 22'

Paul Nertney reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"This course was bought as a gift. I really enjoyed the day. A nice warm location on a cold spring day. Course content and information was well pitched and catered for the different experience levels of the group of 8 people. I would certainly recommend to others as i learned lots and left with more confidence and skills to use as i continue with this wonderful art technique"

8 Mar 22'

David Eldridge reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"A well-spaced day of learning. I have lino printed before and yet I learnt much more on this course. Olivia is a great tutor, very encouraging and enthusiastic. I think it's suitable for all levels and would thoroughly recommend it."

7 Mar 22'

Betty reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"I had had a little experience of lino cutting when I went on a one day session with Olivia. She was the most enthusiastic and informative teacher, always positive and seemingly also having all the answers! I wanted to know how to successfully register two different colours and I was glad to have the experience of doing this while Olivia was always hovering in the background. Now I want to spend some time experimenting myself before I go back for another day with another set of questions. The other "students" on the course were really friendly and it was so interesting to see our different styles and approaches, and just great to spend a whole day doing something I really enjoy. Thank you Olivia."

7 Mar 22'

Jenny Farrer reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"A very absorbing day with excellent mentoring by Olivia. Gave the grey cells a lot of exercise."

23 Nov 21'

Julie Little reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"I thoroughly enjoyed my lino printing day with Olivia. The day was beautifully crafted, with a detailed introduction to the processes. There was plenty of resource material available but some of us had brought along suitable images to use which were traced onto the lino. We were encouraged to practise with the tools before tacking our piece. Olivia was on hand to answer questions and give advice all through the day. There was a relaxed and friendly atmosphere with tea, coffee and refreshments readily available. After lunch we started the printing with different papers and colours to hand. We were all able to finish the day with a number of successful prints and a desire to carry on learning more about the skills involved. I would thoroughly recommend one or if possible two days to really immerse yourself into the course under the excellent tutelage of Olivia."

8 Oct 20'

Alice Clough reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"I had a wonderful time on the 2-day Lino printing workshop with Olivia. She was an excellent tutor, offering lots of information and advice, but also giving us enough space to learn and experiment. She encouraged me to really explore my abilities, and as a result I came away having made a whole set of prints using two different techniques that I was really pleased with. I was able to achieve far more than I imagined, and felt I had really challenged myself and learnt a lot. Olivia's workshop was suitable for complete beginners, as well as artists and printers who are interested in trying something different or experimenting under expert guidance. I would highly recommend this workshop."

7 Oct 20'

Turid Monteith reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"I attended a one day workshop last weekend with Olivia. I really enjoyed my day and came away having learnt loads about lino printing, and with several copies of a print that makes me smile! Olivia was an engaging, fun, inspiring and very informative tutor, and I imagine attending the course would suit the novice (like me) or more experienced printer alike. I would love to attend another workshop, and would try and book onto the whole weekend next time, as although it was enough time to complete a print, it would have been a real luxury to have the time to develop what I had learnt on a second day. I happily recommend Olivia and her workshops. It was a real pleasure to attend."

3 Mar 20'

Caroline reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"What a great workshop! Olivia was brilliant with her help and advice, the atmosphere was chilled and industrious. In six hours we all ended up with several printed copies of our days work which we were, at the very least, very pleased with. Makes you want to do it all over again!"

2 Mar 20'

Amy Down reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"Olivia is a cheerful teacher whose passion for her craft comes across when teaching the basics to complete beginners. I loved that she wasn’t too prescriptive nor restrictive in what she thought we could achieve. Her studio was well set up with a welcome log burner and plenty of refreshments. Although the day went too quickly she did not hurry us and allowed us to finish our pieces. I look forward to going again."

2 Mar 20'

Pauline Ward reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"Olivia gave us a very clear understanding of the process and was very helpful throughout the day. The workroom was organised with everything we needed including inspirational material and everyone had good results ..a happy atmosphere."

27 Jan 20'

Paulette Strong reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"This was a brilliant course, my little knowledge of linocut did not hinder me in any way. Lots of information and personal guidance provided. Olivia is a very enthusiastic and supportive tutor; her energy for the subject is infectious. I would love to come back for the next stages when I have a little more practice. Thank you"

27 Jan 20'

Caroline reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"Loved it! So relaxing, informative and friendly. Olivia was enthusiastic, patient, calming and was very good at letting you make the decisions. She always had time for questions and you never felt under pressure. From complete beginner upward there's definitely something for everyone!"

24 Nov 19'

Jo atkins reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"Olivia is a brilliant and inspirational tutor. I came to the lino printing course a complete beginner and was amazed at the results. Olivia is so enthusiastic and supportive and generous in sharing her skills. The whole group came away with amazing prints. It was a great day and would thoroughly recommend to anyone."

2 Nov 19'

Linda Elliott reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"I was gifted a day at the workshop for my 65th birthday. I attended as a complete novice. Olivia was very welcoming, attentive to everyone’s needs and an excellent tutor. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and I was able to stay on after the workshop ended to complete and print my project. I would not hesitate to recommend this to my friends and family."

30 Oct 19'

Ian whinfield reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"What an amazing weekend, did both days and it was well worth it. Olivia is full of knowledge and inspiration, everyone goes home with a finished article, and a happy feeling having had a relaxing but informative time. Thank you Olivia I will certainly be back. Ian."

30 Oct 19'

Bernardette Patrick reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"Olivia is a gifted artist and a brilliant teacher....works into being fantastic on her subject. All that we needed was supplied, even marvellous biscuits. The studio is perfect for a class of 10 and accommodates a mixed group of abilities. The teaching was excellent, and we completed amazing piece of work to take home/school. My daughter had a specific need to understand the method more and had to follow the school defined route. She got it and feels so much more confident that when she has to do again at school, Oliver will be standing behind, to give her confidence. Olivia got the group to mingle and that makes the day go with more ease. Thankyou Oliver and all in the session,."

27 Oct 19'

Sally Willoughby reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"What can I say but what a fabulous day all round. Went as a birthday party group with very varied ages with no or very little lino cutting experience. Even if your not very artistic you can produce a really amazing peice of artwork to be really proud of. I will definitely go on another course and will have a go at home. Very inspirational Olivia thank you xx"

27 Oct 19'

L Rosemary Keele reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"Olivia was most welcoming and she is an excellent tutor. All materials were provided. My course was a 70th birthday gift. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and would recommend it to anyone."

9 Sep 19'

Angela Whinfield reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"Olivia is both a gifted artist and a wonderful teacher....a rare combination. We were supplied with all the materials we needed, with plenty of space in the lovely studio. The teaching was excellent, and we all completed an amazing piece of work to take home, despite some of us having doubts about our artistic abilities! Really relaxing, supportive and inspirational. Highly recommended"

17 Jul 19'

Brigit reviewed: Wax sculpture and armatures at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"Paul talked us through each step individually as each piece had its own peculiarities and managed to divide himself equally between 8 of us. He knew exactly what stage each one of us was at an any one time and guided us through accordingly. It didn’t seem to matter how many times he had to explain. Patience of a saint. Lovely surroundings and coaxing on from our host Olivia. An exceptionally talented artist with a gift for imparting her vast experience and knowledge. Always excited to sign up for any course run by Olivia as it is always high end professionalism in creativity at its best."

2 Jul 19'

Corinna reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"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)."

22 Apr 19'

Duncan Cameron reviewed: Linocut printmaking at Bull Mill Arts Wiltshire

"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!"

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