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Relief & Texture : Printed Naturally

A Linocut & Wild Element Printing Course

with master Printmaker Eveline Kolijn

“The transformation of a very basic design into print always takes an image to the next level. This makes printmaking an incredibly empowering artform.”

– Eveline Kolijn

If it has texture, it can be printed! In this course you will learn how the carve your linocut and print it by hand or with a press. We will explore the forest and find textures that can be printed as well. From simple to detailed, using single or multiple colours, you will discover the power of turning a design into print to make a beautiful image or even create your own wallpaper to paste on an object of your choice.

In this course, participants will discover the full power and joy of relief printing. They will learn how to cut their designs in linoleum and print them by hand or with a small press. In the course, we will explore patterns in nature and also experiment with printing textures found in nature, for instance, from leaves and wood. There will be ample opportunity to learn the versatile marks linocut tools can make. These marks render even very simple designs into sophisticated prints. At the end of the course each participant should have the knowledge to continue relief printing at home. Information on different types of supplies and where to buy them will be shared.

The power of printing lies in the ability of creating multiples, which means that linocuts can be expanded into multi-colour prints or printed multiple times to make your own wallpaper. Eveline has developed her own distinctive method of pasting her prints onto objects leaving the paper nearly invisible. She has applied this on wooden cubes and trays, cowboy hats, outdoor traffic light control boxes and even a complete piano. She will share this technique in the course and participants are encouraged to bring a small object to be wallpapered with their own design. The course will not cover woodcut, as it would involve additional specific, sharp woodcut tools. However, participants who already own these tools and would like to apply woodcut are encouraged to bring them along and they will be accommodated. Eveline usually encourages experimentation is willing to guide original ideas from each participant to successful completion.

Outcomes 

  • Students will have mastered a variety of ways to roll-up and apply ink on different textures and print them.
  • Students will have learned mark making with their carving tools to create different patterns and levels of grey scales in their work.
  • Participants will learn the differences between printing by hand or with a press on Japanese and rag printing papers.
  • Students will learn to create patterned and textured papers that can be applied in collage

Prerequisites

This course requires no prior training or knowledge. Participants are expected to create and draw their own designs. For people with somewhat challenged drawing skills, there are many available strategies to render very basic designs into artistic and satisfying results. Students have to expect that they will be handling linocut carving tools. Manual dexterity is not necessary, but will be an asset. Students are allowed to bring pre-conceived designs and photo’s with them, but will be encouraged to be inspired by what they will find in the forest.

Date: Tuesday, August 6th – Friday, August 9th


Tuition: $490
Includes:

  • Early Bird Course Tuition $445
  • 20 Hours of Course Time
  • Material & Equipment Fee of $45
  • Daily “Boreal Bites”  
  • Morning Yoga
  • An unforgettable experience

Inclusive Price: $490 – $940
Inclusive Price varies based on chosen meal plan & accommodation during your time at forestART. See FAQ’s for more info!

Contact Us
We are happy to help answer any questions you have about forestART!

Phone: 306 480 9010
Email: nesscreekforestart@gmail.com

Your Instructor : Eveline Kolijn

Eveline Kolijn is a Dutch-Canadian artist living in Calgary, whose interest in the biological sciences and concern for the environment is expressed through printmaking and sculptural installations from found materials. An international childhood and Master’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Leiden, The Netherlands, nurtured Eveline’s interest in the diversity of human culture and nature. After immigrating with her family to Canada, she earned a BFA in print-media from the Alberta College of Art + Design.

In the past 20 years, Eveline has developed her full-time visual arts career through local and international exhibitions and residencies, public art projects, teaching and community development. She has served on many non-profit arts organizations boards and is currently vice-president of Alberta Printmakers. Her art has been published in various scientific publications. Last year, she exhibited and presented at an international printmaking conference in Spain. She started making linocuts since she was 11 years old and never stopped. She has taught in schools and given many workshops and masterclasses in all techniques of printmaking. Currently, she is a printmedia instructor at the School of Continuing Education at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, Canada. She is also a Fellow of the Energy Futures Lab. More on Eveline Kolijn here!

Testimonials

"What I absolutely love about Eveline as an instructor is her delightful humour, words of encouragement, succinct & beneficial critique, and wealth of knowledge that pours out of her. I highly recommend taking the opportunity to learn Printmaking with her”
Former Student
"The printmaking course I took with Eveline was a lot of fun, students were left very free to work with imagery that inspired us, so everyone had very different work progress which made things very interesting! Eveline is very patient and generous with sharing her experience and knowledge. She offered advice and instruction pertinent to everyone in the class for our individual needs.
Former Student

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FAQ & More Info

Of course! It will be so nice to walk away from the experience with some finished works! You will get to take home:

  • A few prints from collected natural material on Japanese paper.
  • A design-pattern printed and pasted on their painted object.
  • At least one completely finished set of 3-5 prints on paper of one design. This really depends on the intricacy of the intended design and the carving speed of the participant. Some participants may be able to create many carvings, another may want to work on one larger design. Everyone will be able to pull at least 3-5 copies of their print.
  • You will also get to keep your linocuts, which you can use after the course.

I always adjust my teaching to the skill level of the participant. This means that students who know the basics of linocutting and printing, can learn several ways to layers designs and images using multiple colours, using multiple carvingss or a reduction cut. Participants will learn how to register those blocks for perfect alignment. Different ways of applying multi colours on one carving can be taught too. Participants will also learn how to print other relief textures besides their linocut.

Materials required to be supplied by the student:  

  • Linocut Tool-Set. Speedball has an excellent inexpensive set (approx. CAD 18) that is useful for both beginners and experienced printmakers. Be sure to buy a set that includes V and U cutting blades # 1,2,3 and 4. If you don’t want to exchange cutting knives all the time, buy an additional handle.
  • Top of the line but expensive are the Swiss palm tools by Pfeil (set of 6 for CAD 150), which can also be used for woodcut. Ramelson carving tools are made in the USA and intermediate price – and quality wise, can also be used in woodcut. If the participant already has woodcut tools, they can bring those for the course. Attention will be paid to sharpening and honing your cutting tools.
  • If you don’t buy the Speedball set, be sure to buy a good range from fine to wider tools, no wider than 4-5 mm.
  • Linoleum. You can buy any type of linoleum, the traditional, battleship lino is grey and has a burlap backing. There are also other varieties that don’t have burlap on the back and may be thinner. Don’t buy the lino already mounted on a block. It is more expensive and not necessary. If you already own those, you can bring them along. The only type you should not buy for this course is the so called soft-kut lino, which is thick and rubbery like a white eraser. You will need to purchase one or two square ft, you can determine the dimensions and think of whether you want to make small or larger pieces. Too small of designs are actually more challenging to cut than larger ones. I always buy a larger piece of lino that I cut down to the smaller sizes I require. Some lino will be available at the course.

  • Sketchbook for sketches, notes, drawings.
  • Bring sample designs, images and pictures if you have them, or have a plan I can assist you to execute.
  • Tracing paper to transfer designs onto the lino-block.
  • Pencil, pencil sharpener, eraser. Bring both hard and soft pencil: 4B, HB, 2H. Graphite pencils are useful for transferring designs.
  • X-acto knife and metal ruler for cutting pieces of linoleum.
  • Sharpie marker for outlining drawing on lino-block.
  • Cheap small household sponge.
  • Acrylic medium or varnish (semi-gloss or satin), for wallpapering on your object and finishing – 8 oz. if you intend to cover a small object or surface; 16 oz. (or more for large).
  • Acrylic or latex paint. These paints are to provide a base colour to your object. You can also bring your object pre-painted in the colour you like.
  • Brushes for applying paint, and acrylic medium. Softer wide brushes are best, 1-2”. They can be house paint brushes or Japanese Hake brushes, as long as the bristles are not too stiff.
  • Paper will be provided in the course, but if the participant has any type of cards or paper they want to print on, they are encouraged to bring those along. Best results are produced on smooth paper. The paper can be of any quality; as long as it doesn’t have a rough surface.
  • Object(s) for pasting. Basically, any object can work; box like structures are best, such as boxes or serving trays. I have done small side-tables. As for the material of your object: Wood works very well and metal too. Plastics are more challenging, as sometimes the acrylics can flake or peel off. Clear glass works too – you can bring that unpainted, if you want to use the transparency. Don’t bring a too large object because course time is limited. However, once you have learned this technique, you can apply this in your home (studio) too. It would be handy to bring the piece already primed and painted with a Gesso or white primer coat.

  • Optional to bring, but not necessary to buy:

    • If participants have other linocut tools such as brayers and/or a bench hook for carving, they are encouraged to bring those along, but it is not necessary. However, if you want to bring your own, the cheapest one to buy for yourself with excellent results is the Speedball brayer; the light-coloured soft rubber variety (not the black hard one). Ideally, 8 or 6 cm wide.
    • If you own a baren, or Japanese hand-pressing tool, please bring it along. I will bring many to the course and explain its use, so participants know what to look for if they want to buy one after the course.

Supplied by the Instructor & covered by the $45 Material & Equipment fee. 

  • Printing Ink
  • Specialized printing paper
  • Carving tools
  • Lino blocks 
  • Brayers, presses
  • Other necessary materials.

Object(s) for pasting. Basically, any object can work; box like structures are best, such as boxes or serving trays. I have done small side-tables. As for the material of your object: Wood works very well and metal too. Plastics are more challenging, as sometimes the acrylics can flake or peel off. Clear glass works too – you can bring that unpainted, if you want to use the transparency. Don’t bring a too large object because course time is limited. However, once you have learned this technique, you can apply this in your home (studio) too. It would be handy to bring the piece already primed and painted with a Gesso or white primer coat.

 

We will have a sheltered workspace in the inspiring forest setting, but come prepared for the elements!

Tuesday
Tuesday AM: Arrival 
Tuesday 1pm: Group Orientation
Tuesday 2 – 5pm: One-hour forest walk, foraging for materials & sketching. Print foraged materials. Group reflection.
Tuesday 5 – 6pm: Palette Cleanse
Tuesday 6 – 7pm: Supper 

Wednesday
8am: Breakfast
9 – 12pm:

  • Intro in basic linocut; cutting tools, types and how to use them, sharpening.
  • Cutting demo.
  • Brainstorm on creating a first design.
  • Discussing design ideas and options.
  • Demo on how to transfer a design onto linoleum
  • Optional inspiring forest walk and sketching.

12 – 1pm: Lunch
1 – 5pm: Introduction demo on printing lino block by hand and on printing press. Use of different papers. Students to carve their lino block. Students can create more prints from their foraged objects or start printing their first block if they have a simple or small design or create a reduction colour print.
5 – 6pm: Palette Cleanse
7pm onward: Free time; clean up printing inks and brayers

 

Thursday
8am: Breakfast
9 – 12pm: Q&A, troubleshoot. Demonstration on more advanced printing and registration methods for multi-colour printing (optional). Discuss design for pasting on object. Discuss options for exchanging prints and designs between participants.
12 – 1pm: Lunch
1 – 5pm: Finalise cutting, editioning and printing of lino-blocks and wallpaper. Prepare object with acrylic colour.
5 – 6pm: Palette Cleanse
7pm onward: Free time; clean up printing inks and brayers

Friday
8am: Breakfast
9 – 12pm: Pasting wallpaper on object with acrylic medium. Finish printing final blocks, clean up printing inks and brayers.
12 – 1pm: Lunch
1pm: Group “Show / Share” & Farewell 

It’s choose your own adventure, with options to suit every budget! You can cook all your own meals, pay for lunches only, or get the full meal deal. You can camp with or without power, bunk in with some fellow artists in shared accommodation, or rent a private cabin. 

Full Details on our Food & Accommodation Options can be found on the main forestART page or when you go to register!

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