Printmaking Workshop: Linocut and Dry Point

Learn how to create an Intaglio Drypoint or Linocut Relief Print

4 hours Class size 1 to 4 label $140 - $160 ($160 per guest when you book for 1+ guests, $140 for 4 guests)

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Join us for a wonderfully inspiring workshop in our beautiful and bright Printmaking Studio in Collingwood.

Create a stunning Dry Point Etching or Relief Linocut to produce your very own unique masterpiece in our relaxed and creative atmosphere small size workshop.

In this class you can choose between either Intaglio Drypoint or Linocut Relief.

Linocut offers a high contrast result using linocut tools to carve your design - where the lino remains (raised) the black ink will roll onto with the brayer, where it has been carved out the paper will show through. You will also produce one print on a Japanese paper background (choice of colours).

Intaglio Drypoint offers a more drawn/sketched like quality. Use a pointed etching tool to scratch your design into your acetate plate, you can also experiment with leaving some background ink to create a mezzotinted result. I can show you how to achieve this effect.

You do not have to decide on which technique until you arrive and I explain both processes. You also do not need drawing skills for this class as you will transfer your design using carbon paper to your lino or trace through the clear acetate with an etching tool for drypoint to create your masterpiece.

The drypoint plate or lino relief tile is 13cm x 19cm (please keep this in mind when thinking about your design) and will be printed on professional Italian Rospina paper to produce a beautiful one-colour A4 design. You will produce 3 A4 size prints. All prints are allowed a short setting time and then carefully packaged so you can take your prints home at the end of your class.

Our workshops are suitable for complete beginners to printmaking as well as those with experience. Our workshops are recommended for students aged 12 and over. Please contact us if your child is under 12 and would still like to attend our workshops.

Class sizes are kept to a maximum of four students so you can enjoy the lovely studio surroundings and get the most from your instructor and experience.

Our environmental commitment. Jax studio is committed to eco-friendly printmaking processes. We use ‘Carbonnel Aqua Wash’ ink which has the same quality, pigment concentration, light fastness and permanence as traditional solvent-based inks and it can be hand coloured when completely dry. The difference with this ink is that it is non-toxic and washes up safely with soap and water so it’s ideal for those who are sensitive to the traditional solvents used in printmaking and is much less harmful to the environment.

Knowledge Required
No previous knowledge of printmaking is required as I will explain the process and be there to assist you every step of the way. You also do not need drawing skills for this class as you will transfer your design using carbon paper to your lino or trace through the clear acetate with an etching tool for drypoint to create your masterpiece. Just bring your imagination.
What you'll get
You will create three A4 size prints of your masterpiece to take home. Tea, water and coffee and biscuits will be provided as you work, but please feel free to also bring your lunch or snacks.
What to bring
To allow more time to carve or etch it is highly advised to have an image or idea in mind before your workshop. We are happy for you to email us your ideas beforehand so we can offer advice and have your image (using Photoshop) adjusted for contrast, reversed for printing and ready for you to begin creating when you arrive.

Jax Studio Melbourne - 209 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Your teacher

Jackie Jackson studied Graphic Design and Printmaking at Box Hill TAFE in 1996. After graduating she went on to have a 22 year career in graphic design working in Australia as well as the United Kingdom.

When not designing Jackie created constantly and held exhibitions in Melbourne galleries as well as having a studio in Brunswick Street Fitzroy. Her first solo exhibition in 2009 was held at The Collingwood Gallery.

In 2011-2013 she opened Exhibit Artist Space, an art gallery in Kyneton where she held exhibitions for established as well as up and coming artists before returning to Melbourne to continue her career as a graphic designer and artist.

A few years ago, in an attempt to get away from the computer her passion for printmaking was reignited and she began developing her own style, combining her graphic and illustration knowledge using relief and intaglio dry point printing.

Attending many printmaking studio sessions both here and in Italy has given her access to talented printmakers as mentors and teachers. Jackie's work is illustrative and focuses on composition and the use of line and colour for contrast.

Her great-grandparents lived in Collingwood, so her grandmother grew up there. Her grandfather worked for the Collingwood Telecom exchange for three decades. Returning to open the studio in Collingwood in what was originally and old bakery, (the old oven is still in the studio), was a sort of homecoming for Jackie.

Jackie Jackson's work is on display for students at Jax Studio Melbourne where she produces her own work, as well as running workshops where she enjoys sharing her knowledge of design and printmaking with her students.

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