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Linocut Workshops

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We have been running linocut workshops in the gallery for five years now and they are very popular. Our tutor is Scottish printmaker Linda Farquharson, and she travels down from Perthshire specially to run them. The images on this page show just what we get up to.  Everyone who has been on the courses has had a great day out, worked hard and learnt a lot and several are keen enough to come again so in an attempt to be even more organised, Linda has agreed the dates for March 2018 and we have in fact, added an extra day on Wednesday 21st March.

We have all sorts of people coming on these courses – individuals who have always wanted to have a go; two or more friends who fancy doing something different;  amateur printmakers who want to meet other kindred spirits and get some help to develop their techniques and professional artists who did a bit of printmaking on their course but would love to have another go. For the one-day courses aimed at beginners, you will be shown how to go from a drawing on paper to a finished block ready to print. Linda supplies everything you need.

On the two-day workshop which is aimed at those who are more confident printmakers, it gets very colourful! You will be shown how to use colour effectively and how to ensure accurate registration for the block. You will learn how to produce subtle shades and tones when using colour.

Whichever course you choose your finished image will need to be produced on a small surface area as Linda travels with a table-top book press for the courses but when you are not used to doing this all by hand, believe me you will be grateful you are not being asked to do something larger scale.

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The course runs from 10am until 5pm each day though you are welcome to arrive after 9.30am for coffee and to meet others. Morning coffee, afternoon tea and a freshly cooked two-course lunch are included in the price as well as all the paper, tools, inks and other things you might need. It would be sensible to bring an apron or similar so you don’t ruin your clothes but then it depends if you are a messy worker or not, along with indoor shoes.

Please also bring your outline drawing for your design or several if you can’t quite decide. These should be no larger than A5. Linda will help you choose but simple is best to start with. If you are only doing the one-day course it is essential you bring a drawing or you will find yourself running out of time if you have to create a design from scratch.  Classes are limited to four students so you get plenty of hands on support.

DATES FOR THE AUTUMN 2017 – SOLD OUT

DATES FOR SPRING 2018

Saturday 17th March – FULL
Sunday 18th March – FULL
Wednesday 21st MarchThree spaces
Saturday 24th March – One space
Sunday 25th March –  Four spaces

A one-day linocut workshop costs £115.00 and the two-day course for those with experience of linocuts is £220.00

Fees are payable in full at the time of booking and can only be refunded if there is someone else to take your place. Please advise any dietary requirements – the cook enjoys a challenge! To make an enquiry or book a place, please call us on 01787 279024 or send an email to sarah.alaric@seapicturesgallery.com. We operate a waiting list system once the course date is full because things can and do happen in life and those who booked may not be able to attend.

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Linda was born in 1963 and studied Illustration at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, graduating B A (Hons) in 1986. She wond the Sekalski Prize for Printmaking in 1985. She specialised in relief printmaking and continues to work primarily with lino printing and wood engraving. In 1990 she purchased and restored a Columbian press, which has pride of place in her bothy studio

For many years she worked as a commercial artist based in Edinburgh, and also lectured in art part time whilst exhibiting her prints nationally.

Commissions include W B Yeats’ Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (for The Folio Society 2007) and Sir Walter Scott’s The Lady of The Lake (for The Association for Scottish Literary Studies 2010).

Now based in Highland Perthshire, her work remains infused with the outdoor world and inspiration is never very far from her back door. A recent series of prints features birds in flight, experimenting with repeat elements through collage and cut-out techniques. To learn more about Linda visit her website – Linda Farquharson.

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