Printmaking with lino with Dale Devereux Barker

Ref: SSS29756

About this course

Enjoy this experimental and enthusiastic approach to lino. Equip yourself with technical skills in reduction lino, making multi-coloured prints, using caustic soda on lino, and printing with and without a press.

Course Description

Enjoy the tutor's experimental and enthusiastic approach to linocut printmaking. Equip yourself with technical skills and gain control of your printmaking to freely explore the medium's potential. Areas covered include reduction lino cutting, making multi-coloured prints, using caustic soda on lino, and printing with and without a press.

Both beginners and practising printmakers will enjoy this experimental, stress-free approach to using lino to its full potential. This six-day workshop is about freeing yourself from the many challenges that are often associated with printmaking and technically equipping yourself so that you are in control of your image-making.

You will explore a range of techniques and investigate the enormous potential of printmaking with lino. Learn about the appropriate choices and uses of cutting tools, and different ways to transfer images into lino prints.

Through exploration and experimentation, develop your awareness of good studio practice, learn how to use sketchbooks and the importance of risk taking.

Areas covered will include reduction lino to make multi-coloured prints, using caustic soda on lino, and printing without the use of a press. The emphasis is on experimentation, discovery, making a lot of work and enjoying the process - a sense of humour is the only pre-requisite required.

Your tutor prides himself on being able to tease out every student's potential to make exciting lino prints. He has been using lino for over 25 years and remains evangelical about this humble area of printmaking.

The making of lino blocks and printing is a physically demanding process and requires you to have good dexterity and strength to manage the use of the Albion press and cutting tools.

Summer School highlights:

The Summer School week is an immersive learning experience with more time to develop your creativity and embrace opportunities for creative development beyond your chosen course. A detailed timetable for your Summer School week will be given to you on arrival. This will include:

• Short inspirational talks by tutors and displays of their work

• A short creative experience session in another discipline/media or course

• An optional evening at the Chichester Festival Theatre (if pre-booked)

• An optional lunchtime tour of West Dean Gardens, the historic rooms at West Dean College, or West Dean Tapestry Studio.

• A celebration dinner on the last evening themed on Impressionism, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the first Impressionists exhibition held in Paris in 1874. Feel free to respond to the theme if you wish.

• Informal end-of-course group reviews and displays of students' work in studios

As evening events are planned as part of the Summer School week, dinner is included in the course fee to enable all students, including non-residents, to participate fully.


Timetable for Summer Schools

Several evening events are planned throughout the week, a detailed timetable for the summer schools will be given to you on arrival.

Arrival Day

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).

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 should vacate their rooms by 10am please.

Course Materials


  • The course fee includes the cost of providing materials shared amongst the group, including inks.

What students need to bring

  • Overalls or an apron
  • Any sketchbook or drawings you may want to develop into print form
  • Your own cutting tools
  • Scalpels and scissors

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Lino cutting tools, sketchbooks, scalpels, scissors
  • Other printmaking papers

Additional information

The making of lino blocks and printing is a physically demanding process and requires you to have good dexterity and strength to manage the use of the Albion press and cutting tools. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).


Dale Devereux Barker

Dale Devereux Barker studied printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art. His colourful work is exhibited internationally and he has undertaken large scale public art commissions for both public and private clients. Best known as a printmaker using lino, he has pushed the boundaries of this medium into sculpture, vitreous enamel, ceramic and the artists book.


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

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