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Softening Linocut: The Art of the Surface


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Location Leicester Print Workshop
Date & Time Saturday 5th and Saturday 12th June
10.00am - 4.00pm
Tutor  Gregory Millar

Coronavirus Update: This course will be running with reduced numbers and new social distancing, hygiene and safety measures in place [as of 6th May].

"Fantastic! Really excellent and supportive teaching. Gregory really encouraged me to push myself out of my usual boundaries and as a result, I've left with a piece of work I'm really proud of." August 2019

The aim of this course is to explore ways to add texture to relief prints made with soft Japanese vinyl.

Gregory will show participants how delicate marks, subtle textures and various materials can be used to produce strong relief prints which are different from the solid, graphic images usually associated with the medium.

By the end of the two-day course participants will have had the opportunity to produce their own unique linocut print.

Course Structure


10:00 Introduction to the workshop + Health and Safety.

10:20 Covering examples of work, inspiration and the creative process to follow, including textures. Also, feedback on pre-submitted participants images.

11.00 Tracing and transferring images to linocuts. Using permanent ink to fix the image.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Cutting the linocut and introducing textures as part of the printmaking process.

15:30 Clean up and prep suggestions for Day 2.


10:00 Health and Safety reminder.

10:20 Evaluation of the participants’ linocut progress since Day 1.

11.00 Proofing the linocuts with black ink onto newsprint, making adjustments.

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Printing onto paper and further experimentation with texture as part of the printmaking process.

15:30 Clean up and next steps printmaking advice.

About the Tutor

Gregory Millar is a printmaker specialising in linocut. Gregory studied graphic design and printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee before embarking on a career in graphic design at the BBC in London. Gregory has also worked with creative agencies on brand identity projects around the globe. He has now come full circle and returned to his love of printmaking.

Gregory's design style is inspired by numerous influences including the timeless clarity of classic Japanese woodblock prints and the honest realism of the Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel the Elder. His linocut prints are often large in size and use multiple linocut plates to overlay different colours together. The finished results are bold, figurative images, based on a wide range of my everyday experiences which hopefully evoke an emotional connection with the viewer. Gregory's subject matter is drawn from landscapes, sports and his young family.

Gregory has exhibited at:

The National Open Printmaking Exhibition 2018, Bankside Gallery, London

LOOP Exhibition 2018, LCB, Leicester

Attenborough Arts Festival 2018, Leicester

The Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair 2018, London

Leicester Print Workshop 

Leicester Print Workshop is the regional development centre for printmaking. Established by artists in 1986, we are a registered charity, supported by Arts Council England. Our RIBA award-winning building is situated in Leicester City Centre's Cultural Quarter and is home to a large, well equipped open access Printmaking Studio.

We have over 30 years’ experience of teaching people printmaking. Our programme offers the largest number and broadest range of printmaking courses in the region, with courses suitable for beginners as well as experienced printmakers, delivered by practicing artists and nationally renowned tutors. Participants learn in small and friendly groups in our purpose-designed studio.


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