One Color Linocut Technique: Exploring Texture, Value, and Contrast

Instructor: Felicia van Bork  
Workshop: Wednesday, October 27, 2021, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
Technical guidance: Monday, November 1, and Wednesday, November 3, 2021, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 
Limited to 8 participants 
Levels ① ② ③ 
Price: $375 
Igniters receive 15% off

Challenge yourself to create a linoleum print with multiple values of a single color. The dramatic impact of linocut is given depth and interest by using various carving techniques to create tonal textures. Through demonstrations and hands-on experimentation with small test plates, you will be introduced to carving and printing numerous weights of parallel gouges, cross-hatching, stippling, gestural marks, and thin-to-thick lines. You will then transfer an original image to a prepared 8 x 10 inch plate, carve it, and then, using your choice of oil or water-based inks, ink the plate and print it using an etching press. The use of barens, for applying hand pressure instead of a press, will also be explored. Participants are encouraged to bring sketches or source images of possible subjects that involve a variety of values.   

Materials/Tools – One 8 x 10 inch linoleum plate, linoleum block cutters, rubber roller brayer, an etching press, printmaking paper, newsletter paper, and oil- and water-based inks. The workshop price includes all supplies.  

McColl Center lab assistant Felicia van Bork

Instructor – McColl Center lab assistant and alumna artist Felicia van Bork completed her undergraduate studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and earned her MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She is well known for her monotype prints and monotype collages, several of which are currently in the Mint Museum’s traveling exhibition, Under Construction: Collage at the Mint, and in the Museum’s permanent collection How to Mine the Past collage.  The artist has been involved with McColl Center’s printmaking lab since 2011, and a winter/spring 2012 artist-in-residence.

Half-tuition scholarships are available for Studio Practice Workshops. Please contact Claudia Gonzalez Griffin at for scholarship information.

Cancelation policy: Participants who cancel enrollment anytime up to 15 days before the first day of a workshop will receive a full refund minus the $23 processing fee. Those who cancel less than 8 days before the first day of a workshop will not receive a refund unless it is a result of a positive COVID diagnosis. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 within 10 days of the start of the workshop, you will receive a credit for a future program. Participants must register and attend the new workshop within ten months.