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Linocut Printmaking Workshop: Pattern Design

Artist-Instructor: Julia Herfurth

Format: In-person at the BDR Studio (Wrangelstrasse 31a, 10997 Berlin)

Language: English and German


May 7 – May 8, 2022

  • Saturday, May 7, 11am-2pm
  • Sunday, May 8, 11am-3pm (extra-long printing day!)

Cost: 95€ (inc. VAT)

Corona Update: 2G. Class size will be kept small. Please wear a mask.


  • The price includes all the essential materials: one lino block, paper, ink and printmaking supplies.
  • You will want to bring your own additional surfaces to print on (options will be discussed during the first class) and a notebook.

What to Expect:

This Linocut Workshop will introduce you to the basics of pattern design using linocut. We will look at different ways how to design a pattern and you will learn how to create a rapport manually. The Application of the design is totally up to you: print on paper, fabric, a tote bag or design a scarf.

Each class includes step-by-step instructions on how to develop your project, as well as individual consultation. Learn about what kind of images make good pattern designs, gather ideas and make preparatory sketches.

Explore the process of printing by hand, without a press, and its’s myriads possibilities. Not only can this process be replicated at home with a few specialized printmaking tools, but it allows for an intuitive experimental approach.

Day 1: Creating your pattern design

  • Discover how artists have developed successful compositions using linocut printmaking. View examples from art history and contemporary printmakers.
  • Choose a motif and develop a design.
  • Carve your lino block.
  • Learn about the different types of materials and objects that can be used as printing surfaces.

Day 2: Printing

  • Test print and troubleshoot your carved lino block.
  • Create a small edition of prints.
  • Experiment with printing on different surfaces such as colored paper, fabric and t-shirts…

Perfect for beginners as well as print enthusiasts already familiar with linocut and woodcut.

Linocut is beloved for being an accessible printmaking technique with a strong graphic presence and ability to translate fine detail. First used extensively by the German Expressionist group Die Brücke in the early 20th century, linocut quickly became a popular and widespread practice among artist and designers. Further championed by the likes of Picasso and Matisse, this method of image making is now considered a staple among the arts of printmaking.

More resources on the linocut printmaking process and history: