Linocut workshop Tuesday 17 April 10.30am - 4pm
Join us for a one day practical course on linocut printmaking with local artist Robert Fitzmaurice who ran the successful mono print course last year. £45 - booking 0344 249 1895.
Following on from the success of his monotype printmaking course last summer the artist Robert Fitzmaurice returns to deliver a one day practical course on linocut printmaking. As those who attended his last course will know his approach is to keep the sessions informal and fun, with the focus on demonstration, practice and experimentation.
In this course attendees will learn how to create a three tone monochrome ‘reduction’ linocut. The session will start off with a short visit to the chapel to view the Spencer cycle and stimulate imaginations. The practical session will then start by explaining how to transfer a drawing onto lino, followed by instruction regarding carving of the design, which will include safe use of tools and advice on mark making. Once the block is carved the first Print run will be followed by a further round of carving and finish by over-printing of the final tone.
Attendees are invited to bring along their own simple design however there will also be a selection of images to choose from. If bringing your own image please choose something quite bold. This will help ensure the fundamentals can be learnt before moving on to more complex designs.
Originally from Coventry Robert studied Fine Art in Sunderland before moving to Reading to complete his masters. First and foremost he is a painter, but printmaking is very important to him as a means of discovering and experimenting with new ideas. In recent years he has shared his interest via workshops in King’s Lynn and more locally for Reading Guild of Artists.
His work is known for combining figurative and abstract elements that involve the human figure and aspects of identity. He has exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and The Discerning Eye at the Mall Galleries, London. Recently he has been part of group shows in New York, Manchester, London and Northampton and we look forward to his next solo exhibition, SOLDIER, which will take place at Sandham 08 June – 06 July.
When asked about the course recently Robert said he felt very proud to have the opportunity to coach at a venue of such importance to 20th Century British art. Spencer’s work was an early influence and he looks forward to share with attendees in what ways the cycle has inspired him.