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Linoleumgraphy seminar in Florence

Next winter Accademia del Giglio will organize a Linoleumgraphy seminar in Florence on the following date:

December 13th – 17th 2010

The ancestor of linoleumgraphy was invented by the Chinese in the 6th century A.D and was called xylography, that is the art of engraving on wood. Nowadays, by replacing wood with linoleum as the material to be engraved, we have linoleumgraphy, but the method has remained the same: with the use of a knife or gouge, the artist carves the surface, which then has to be covered with ink and finally printed on a paper sheet. Since linoleumgraphy does not require the use of any acids, it is considered the first graphic technique that a student in graphics and printmaking should approach.

The 30-hour seminar at AdG, which has a duration of 5 days, will start with a study and with an appreciation of several artworks made with this relief printing technique. Consequently, students will learn the different kinds of printing effects that an artist can create through the application of this technique.

Students will then conceive and design their own preliminary sketch, and under the guidance of the teacher they will engrave it on the linoleum. During this process they will also concentrate on the concept of negative/positive, which is essential for the making of any work conceived with a monochromatic relief printing technique.

After rolling over the surface with an ink-covered roller (brayer), and after leaving ink upon the flat surface, students will make their first trial printing with a hand press. If necessary they will make some corrections, that the teacher or themselves may find suitable, and they will eventually proceed towards the print run.

The workshop is open to all students, although some drawing skills are strongly recommended.

Course code: XIL
Spoken languages: Italian and English.
Duration: 5 days
Total amount of hours: 30

Schedule: morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday.
Expiring date for enrollment: 4 weeks before the starting date.
Maximum number of students per class: 8.

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