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Bold Linocut Design in Three Steps

  • Charles Coates Studios 4000 Middlefield Rd U-4 Palo Alto, CA 94303 (map)

The key to a great linocut print starts with design

This workshop focus is on how shapes can describe light and shadow. We will begin by exploring the compositional choices behind Vallotton’s 19th Century woodcut prints, then using our discoveries, create three types of compositions ready to transfer to a linoleum block or woodblock. 

If you want to learn how to simplify your images, or never worry about “working in reverse” when planning a linocut, this workshop is for you!

In this workshop we will:

  • study and reverse-engineer Felix Vallotton’s compositions for surprising results

  • use multiple sources for inspiration such as drawings and photographs

  • create three bold layouts with an emphasis on light and shadow

As a result of this workshop, you will know how to:

  • modify the tone and feel of any drawing

  • employ efficient strategies for creating color flats for lino blocks including quick measuring, cutting and pasting, and on-the-fly image correcting

  • conquer the dreaded “how do I do this in reverse” feeling when planning your print

  • creating an image flat for ready-for- transfer onto a lino block or woodblock

Participants take home:

  • three images they create, ready to transfer to a lino block or woodblock

  • resource guide with printable images and guides

All for $85!

When, Where, Parking, and food

  • Cuberley Community Center (U-4). 4000 Middlefield Rd. Palo Alto, 94303

  • Thursday, August 15th, from 6:00PM - 8:00PM

  • Parking lots available on both sides of Community Center. Small lot (view from Middlefield Rd) just before Piazza is closest.

  • Snacks are welcome and available at Piazza, next door.

This Image Design Series workshop is inspired by Vallotton’s use of shape. Read all about it in the post below.