Linoleum Block Printing: Finding the Balance

June 28, 2014
Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Gamble Education Center
In this two-day workshop, students will learn the process of creating a relief print with linoleum.  Linoleum block printing is a form of relief printing, the oldest, simplest and most direct approach to making an impression. Hand- pulled prints are not reproductions. Each impression is individually made from the same block or set of blocks which have first been designed and carved by the artist. The final design can be expressed in the areas cut away (negative) or on the remaining raised surface (positive) or in both. In this workshop the emphasis will be on the choices and challenges involved in cutting the surface of the linoleum block. Participants will become familiar with handling the cutting tools through a series of explorative exercises to create various lines, textures and patterns in both negative and positive. Participants will be challenged to simultaneously consider, analyze and address the  negative and positive aspects of their design. This requires an immediate, deliberate and direct focus that some find meditative and others find frustrating. If you would like, please bring along a small, simple design (6”x4” or 4”x4”).

Instructor Holly Berry of Waldoboro received a BFA in Illustration from RISD in 1979. She has since illustrated several award -winning children’s books and shown her linoleum block prints in galleries and exhibits throughout the country. In 2003 she was awarded an Individual Artists Fellowship for Printmaking from the Maine Arts Commission and recently completed a Percent for Art project for the Medomak Middle School. Berry is a member of The Boston Printmakers and serves on the board of Midcoast Printmakers, Inc. in Damariscotta. For more information about Holly and to see additional work visit her website,

Cost: $120, $100 members (includes $10 materials fee)
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Price: $100.00