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Linocut Printmaking Workshop

Artist-Instructor: Alma Sinai

Format: In-person at (Erdmannstraße 13, 10827 Berlin)
*Note: There is no restroom in the studio but very friendly cafes around the corner.

Language: English

September 7 – September 8, 2024
Saturday, Sept 7, 11:00-14:00
Sunday, Sept 8, 11:00-15:00 (extra-long printing day!)

November 23 – November 24, 2024
Saturday, Nov 23, 11:00-14:00
Sunday, Nov 24, 11:00-15:00 (extra-long printing day!)

Cost: 120€ (inc. VAT)

Materials:

  • The price includes all the essential materials: linoleum block, carving tools, baren or spoon, paper, ink and other 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:

Design and carve a linoleum block and create a small edition, while learning printmaking tricks-of-the-trade. Each class includes step-by-step instructions on how to develop your project, as well as individual consultation.

Gain an overview of Linocut Printmaking, including the steps of the technique as well as how it has been used by other artists. Learn about what kind of images make good linocut designs, gather ideas and make preparatory sketches.

Explore the process of printing by hand, without a press, and its myriad possibilities. Not only can this process be replicated at home with a few specialized printmaking tools, but it allows for an intuitive experimental approach. With this technique you can also create a stamp and print on a wider range of materials, such as t-shirts or tote bags, while playing with pattern and repetition. Linocut is also a great practice for experimenting with negative and positive spaces in a composition.

Day 1: Creating your lino block

  • Discover how artists have developed successful compositions using linocut printmaking. View examples from art history.
  • Choose a motif and develop a design for your linocut print.
  • 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 (These make great postcards!)
  • Experiment with printing on different surfaces such as colored paper, fabric and t-shirts…
  • Explore pattern compositions through repetition.

Recommended: Prepare or decide on the Linoblock Design image before the workshop. If you would like to make your image ready(a favorite photo or drawing of yours) in advance you can make a 15×10.5 cm or smaller photocopy/digital print(horizontally flipped version) of the image you like to work with.

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.

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

*If you are interested in spending more time with this technique and combine it with drawing or other printmaking techniques such as Monoprint, you can check out the Printmaking Workshop.

More resources on the linocut printmaking process and history:

About Your Instructor:

Alma Sinai was born (1989) and raised in Tehran. After receiving an associate degree in Cinema from University of Art in Tehran she moved to the USA in 2010. She pursued a BFA degree at RISD followed by an MFA at Parsons. In the past decade alongside being active as an interdisciplinary artist she has also been working as a teaching artist.

Sinai primarily works in printmaking, drawing, video and installation and she usually focuses on binaries such as absence & presence, indoor & outdoor, visible & invisible. Alongside the repetition is one of the common aspects throughout her projects. In the process of recurrence in the print-motifs, patterns and looped video narratives with no exit points, meanings get lost, added and distorted.

She has had solo and group exhibitions internationally in venues such as Dastan Gallery, 009821 Projects, International print center New York (IPCNY), Slaturhusid Culture Center, Site:Brooklyn, University of Edinburgh and Pratt institute. In the past years Sinai has attended residency fellowship programs including Vermont Studio Center and Lunga School in Iceland. She’s been based in Berlin since October 2021 after doing an artist residency program at GlogauAIR.

www.almasinai.com