Lino printmaking for beginners with Mary Dalton

Ref: SWE32365

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Explore the mark-making potential of lino through traditional tools and unusual approaches. You will be working in black and colour to help understand the layering potential of the medium.

Course Description

Aimed at those who have no, or exceptionally little, previous lino-cutting experience, you will be introduced to the medium of lino, starting with exploring the textures and marks that can be created on the surface, using both traditional cutting tools and a selection of unusual non-traditional items. You will be encouraged to understand that lino can be an exceptionally fluid and responsive medium, alongside its more traditional graphic role.

You will work on traditional hessian backed lino, made from linseed oil and cork, as this offers the artist a greater range of mark-making options. For those with any strength difficulties when cutting the lino, a softer vinyl alternative is available, but this may restrict some of the marks you will explore. You will work in black to start with to establish your individual language, and then you will move on to basic colour work to allow a glimpse into the understanding and potential of layering.

By the end of the course, you should be equipped with enough information to confidently explore the medium in your own time, safely and expressively. The course will illustrate how lino need not just be for graphic arts, but can be incredibly flowing and intuitive, and has the potential to be both delicate and bold.


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 inks, papers and lino. You are also provided with tools, rollers, presses, palette knives, inking surfaces and clean up supplies to use during the course.

What students need to bring

  • Any inspirational material if so desired (not compulsory)
  • Old clothing/apron
  • Any unusual sharp tools if you have any
  • Pens, pencils, scissors (basic pencil case items)

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good variety of art materials are available to buy, including pens, pencils, scissors, pencil sharpeners, erasers and notepads.
  • Any extra lino, paper and inks are available, should you wish to purchase them.

Additional information

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


Mary Dalton

Mary trained at the Royal College of Art, graduating with an MFA in Printmaking. She has been teaching since 2008, including running the lithography studio at the famous Curwen. Her work is in the collections of the Imperial War Museum and the Tate Library as well as international museums.


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

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