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Open Printmaking Sessions on Thursday Afternoons

I love these session. With our small group sizes we are able to let everyone chose what they want to do. Today we had dry point with chine colle, water colour prints and wiped monotypes. Everyone worked very hard and produced a wonderful variety of prints today and here is the selection. Enjoy.

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Printmaking: Design Decision – Lino

Working through design decisions

Making decisions about your design start with the first quick sketch of an idea on paper. What is interesting though is that, even with experience, there are stages at which the lino design brings up problems which perhaps had not had to be considered in the same way at the drawing stage.

in the example here there where several changes by the student to the design. Note how the central area was removed and also the fishes head fin was hollowed out. This small area being cut in the same way as the back fins tied the front of the fish to the back and the removal of the central area emphasises the lovely shape the student has made with her design.

The key to good lino design is to make the best use of positive and negative shapes and keeping the design simple. This does not necessarily mean large areas of uncarved lino but the strength of a lino design often relies on its simplified representation of objects.

I like to ask people to look at other successful designs and to use these to inform their own designs.

The other key thing is learning how to cut the lino smoothly. Top tip here is to move the lino not your tool. Keep control of the end of the blade and keep your guiding had well behind the cutting blade.



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Update on reduction lino print

Following our printmaking course on the 16th August the lovely Freya returned to finish her reduction lino print.  This print has worked so well. Its a brave thing to do as once you take that second lot of lino away there is no going back, this method is often referred to as the suicide method….and not without reason 🙂

However as you can see the print works both as a stand alone print and also as a second layer. I believe this is the first lino print Freya has done since leaving school. There are definately road miles in pursuing this format. Freya’s grasp of the concept and function of a lino print shows just how creative she is. We loved this print. Well done you.

The two base layers of the print

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16th August Summer Day Course – Printmaking

Printmaking summer day course at outr lovely studio in Lamerton. We had three very different students today, so watching them work together was very interesting. The morning was taken by Nicky and the group came up with some very interesting imagery to print.

In the afternoon we were able to fit in some jelly printing and also some experimental layered printing using the lino prints and the jelly.

We had a really great day.

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The Journey Begins

“The impulse to paint comes neither from observation nor from the soul (which is probably blind) but from an encounter: the encounter between painter and model: even if the model is a mountain or a shelf of empty medicine bottles.”
John Berger, The Shape of a Pocket

We are at the start of a big adventure.  Nicky Beaumont and I are opening our new venture with weekly day long courses from the end of May.

West Dartmoor Art Courses is pleased to offer day courses in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking in a lovely studio set in stunning gardens near the west Dartmoor village of Lamerton with views of Dartmoor and Bodmin. When possible, on sunny days, we offer ‘en plein air’ as part of your day. All materials supplied. £60.00 per person including tea, coffee and a simple lunch*.


31st May – Drawing
7th June – Painting
14th June – Printmaking
21st June – Drawing
28th June – Painting
5th July – Printmaking
12th July – Drawing
19th July – Painting
26th July – Printmaking
2ndAugust – Drawing
9th August – Painting
16th August – Printmaking
23rd August – Drawing
30th August – Painting
6th September – Printmaking

5 week term time courses run from 20th September 2018

Drawing Days:

Take the fear out of drawing come and join us for a day’s drawing using a variety of media and techniques to give you the confidence to tackle your own projects, using charcoal, pencils, conte and pastels. See dates below.

Some of the techniques we will cover are:

Draw from objects

Negative spaces


Quick sketches

Blind drawing

Shadows and highlights

Each of these will give you an insight into mark making and help you really focus on seeing. These are fundamental to all drawing. You will see a noticeable improvement in as little as one session. See dates below.

Painting Days:

Come and experiment with different paint mediums and approaches to help you understand how simple techniques can lead to achieving painterly effects. We can offer watercolour, acrylic and gouache using different approaches to applying paint with a variety of tools. See dates below

To give you confidence with colour we will undertake a variety of approaches, including:

Watercolour washes

Impasto and block colour

Shadow and highlights

Seeing form

Colour mixing


Printing days:

Come and have a taster session of various printing techniques, see dates below. We have a variety of presses and also processes which allow printing without a press. Jo specialises in monotype and offset and Nicky in relief techniques.

We offer course days with a selection of processes, including :


Montype prints from jelly and plates



Information about the venue an dhow it all works

Classes are held on Thursdays 10am – 4pm. Adults only – family days by arrangement.

To book your place and for directions telephone Jo on 07802 412 693 or email

A maximum of 6-8 students per day means that our two experienced artists can give you individual attention, which means we can cater for all levels of ability from complete beginners to the more experienced.

Both artists running these courses are members of Drawn To The Valley Group of Artists and host open studios each year.

Nicky Beaumont is printmaker and painter and has had work exhibited at Mall Galleries, Bankside, Exeter Museum, The Northcott Theatre Exeter, Bath Open.

Jo LB is a commercial Illustrator and printmaker currently studying for an MA in Contemporary Art Practice at University of Plymouth.

*Specialist dietary requirements must bring own lunch

Also please note that there is limited wheelchair access as there are steps up into the studio and into the house therefore clients must have reasonable mobility to access facilities.

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