Relief & Texture : Printed Naturally

A Linocut & Wild Element Printing Course

with master Printmaker Eveline Kolijn

“ Printmaking is a mysterious process, our job is to figure out how to rein it in.” – Kiki Smith

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.


  • 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


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

  • 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!


"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


FAQ & More Info

Of course! It will be so nice to walk away from the experience with some finished works! You will have many paper prints and at least one object printed by the time you’re done the course. You will also get to keep your linocuts, which you can use after the course.

Materials required to be supplied by the student: 

  • An few interesting objects to practice printing on to: examples could be wood, porcelain, or metal pieces. Fabric, clothing, or even a cowboy hat!

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.

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

Tuesday Afternoon 

  • Registration & Orientation 

Tuesday evening     

  • Preparation of panels and grounds with an opening discussion about our process.


  • Warm up drawing exercises & collage technique demonstrations.
  • Transfer your ideas onto our panel grid then begin to work separately on each panel.


  • Continuation from Wednesday with group and individual demonstrations.


  •  Reconfigure your own grid of panels then the entire class grid. Group discussion.


  • Optional yoga prior to breakfast


  • Palette Cleanse Social Hour with complimentary “boreal bites” appetizers – an opportunity roup discussion/critique, design, business, slide show, etc.
    – [anything else from you]

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!

Are You Joining Us?

We look forward to seeing you in Relief & Texture with Eveline Kolijn.

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