Linocut on Paper & Fabric

August 18 - August 22, 2023

Linocut on Paper & Fabric


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $75

This workshop is concentrated on traditional and experimental techniques of carving linoleum for printing on paper and fabrics. Participants will learn how to combine and transfer source images onto several blocks in order to create prints with multiple colors and layers. Relief printing is based on the idea that something tacky (ink) applied to a raised surface (relief) can be printed on something flat (paper.) From this simple foundation, we will explore more complicated aspects of graphic art through activities on color theory and how to maximize the use of positive and negative space in your compositions. The projects you create will also incorporate advanced techniques such as chine collé and monoprinting. These essentials will help you to create complex works from a single block also known as “color-reduction printing.”

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Ella Desmond

Ella Desmond received an MFA in Printmaking from Pratt Institute in 2017, BFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University in 2013. Desmond was an artist in residency at MoMAZoZo in Carrizozo, New Mexico in 2020 and at the Vermont Studio Center in 2019. Her interdisciplinary studio practice spans performance, poetry and a range of printmaking mediums such as relief, lithography, screen print and letterpress. Her relief practice currently focuses on color-reduction printing, asemic writing, chine collé and multi-block linocuts. Desmond has been a faculty member at the Parsons School of Design since 2019 where she teaches courses in printmaking and book arts. She is currently working on a series of prints exploring the intersection between tragedy, comedy, and the service industry. Desmond lives and works in Brooklyn and Newburgh, NY.

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