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5 December 2020, 2 – 5pm

Taking inspiration from Kettle’s Yard collection artists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth you will use easily available art materials to learn block and relief printing techniques. Ben Nicholson’s abstract prints will be the starting point to compose and draw out your own designs and print beautiful patterned papers. We will look at traditional lino block printing before exploring household objects. You will also mono-print simply using a sheet of plastic (plastic wallet) and water-based pen or ink.

The workshop is focused on methods for printmaking at home, without a press, and will cover a range of techniques and experimental material options.

All these techniques can be used to make your own Christmas cards, tags and wrapping paper.

The workshop will be conducted via Zoom so please make sure you have an account and can join for the time required – you will be sent a link to join in advance.

£50 per person, booking required.

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Things from around the home:

  • Scissors, ruler and a pencil
  • A metal tablespoon
  • Masking tape
  • String
  • Wooden blocks or thick cardboard
  • Some scrap paper and kitchen roll
  • Flat plastic tray or baking tray
  • Plastic wallet
  • Water spray bottle or a damp sponge
  • Potato
  • Water-based pens or ink (as many colours as you like)
  • Cutting mat or board
  • Craft knife and sharp kitchen knife

Art materials to source in advance:

  • Large sheet of paper for wrapping paper (lining paper or brown paper works well)
  • Paper or card (at least 150gsm recommended, any colour)
  • Water-based block printing ink (as many colours as you like)
  • Rubber roller
  • Lino carving tool
  • Artist lino (at least 10 x 10cm)
  • Craft foam sheet (at least 10 x 10cm)

About the Tutor

Rachel McGivern is an artist illustrator and printmaker as well as specialising in leading explorative, creative workshops. Rachel takes everyday materials as a starting point for creating unique handmade artworks in a process-focused way. You can follow her work on Instagram @rachmcgivern or see more work on her website.

Further Information


When you confirm your purchase, you are accepting that the terms & conditions form the basis of any contract between Kettle’s Yard and yourself.  If you need to cancel your booking, please inform us in writing as soon as possible at Kettle’s Yard Courses, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 OAQ or email:

The cancellation is effective from the date that your written confirmation is received and unfortunately, we cannot issue a refund unless the event is cancelled by us. Kettle’s Yard reserves the right to alter any part of the programme if necessary. We will only cancel courses after careful consideration, but reserve the right to do so under exceptional circumstances. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be informed in writing as soon as possible and course fees will be refunded in full.  Should you need to cancel because you have symptoms of COVID 19 we will refund you in full.

Prices are inclusive of any applicable taxes and there are no surcharges whatsoever. Prices displayed on the website are subject to change without prior notice and are correct at the time of going to press. Once you have paid we will not increase the price of your ticket.  Kettle’s Yard reserves the right to cancel the workshop with short notice if Government guidelines change, a full refund will be made.

No ticket may be resold or transferred.