Wood engraving with added colour with Robin Mackenzie

Ref: SLW32945

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About this course

An opportunity to develop skills in wood engraving, with the addition of colour from lino blocks.

Course Description

This course is suitable for beginners or those with previous experience of wood engraving. You will be shown a variety of techniques and be guided though the process to create you own wood engraved prints. Methods of printing will be covered, and you will print by hand and using an Albion press. Once you have created a design in black and white, you will have the opportunity to add colour to the design from separate lino blocks.

The first evening will be spent putting wood engraving into context as a medium and beginning to engrave some initial exercises. Over the next three days, you will first develop a small black and white engraving to experiment with tone and form, before moving onto a larger block which will allow for the addition of colour. You will be able to work on designs that you have brought with you or develop them during the course, with guidance in composition and draftsmanship.

You will be shown how to print successfully from both the wood engraving blocks and lino blocks. Correct techniques of registration will also be explored. Two wood blocks and two lino blocks will be available for you but you may wish to bring more or blocks you have previously worked on.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply most of the materials, including one 7.5 x 7.5cm lemonwood block, one 7 x 5cm lemonwood block and two 7.5 x 7.5cm lino blocks, some Japanese paper and some ink.

What students need to bring

  • Possible design options consisting of drawings or photographs
  • Sketchbook and HB pencil

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • The shop stocks a good variety of art materials, including printing papers, basic linocut tools, lino, printing inks, pencils, pens and sketchbooks.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).



Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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