Linocut Workshop - KKNK 2015

Posted on: 2015-04-05

On Saturday the 4th of March 2015 ArtKaroo held a linocut workshop which was hosted by well-known artist Madeleine Miles. This all happened in the midst of the 21st Annual Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in Oudtshoorn. So while the town and its visitors were going crazy by encountering sensory overload with everything the town has to offer during this time of year in terms of theatre productions, music, a massive diversity of art forms and numerous types of cuisine to tantalize your taste buds a few of us were at the back of the ArtKaroo Gallery focusing hard on being creative, oblivious to the hustle and bustle of the town around us.


Following a quick Google search, Wikipedia revealed the following…

Linocut Overview
Linocut is a printmaking technique, a variant of woodcut in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel or gouge, with the raised (uncarved) areas representing a reversal (mirror image) of the parts to show printed. The linoleum sheet is inked with a roller (called a brayer), and then impressed onto paper or fabric. The actual printing can be done by hand or with a press.

Linocut Origins
Although linoleum as a floor covering dates to the 1860s, the linocut printing technique was used first by the artists of Die Brücke in Germany between 1905 and 1913 where it had been similarly used for wallpaper printing. They initially described these prints as woodcuts, which sounded more respectable.


Madeleine Miles really did well to guide us through the process and her patience, calm demeanor and especially her vast knowledge and experience made for a very successful day. At the end of which all five of us who participated could take something home that we created ourselves and that we were happy to show to others. More importantly, we were given a first-hand experience that allowed us to create a linocut engraving as well as print it from start to finish. To top it off we were given lunch, which we enjoyed at the restaurant next door, known as the Black Swan. My ostrich fillet burger with beetroot marmalade certainly went down well.

I would definitely recommend any ArtKaroo workshop as there are many different ones that focus on various media and mediums. ArtKaroo also offers the ArtKaroo Outdoors Experience that allows one to paint in nature amidst all the beauty and serenity the Little Karoo has to offer.

Please feel free to contact ArtKaroo if there is more you’d like to know.