Introduction to Linoleum Carving & Printing :: Roadworks Edition!

$ 135.00

July 17th, 2017 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Grendl Löfkvist
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: July 17th, 2017 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: July 24th, 2017 9:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2
Get ready for Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival in this workshop where students will learn to cut patterns into linoleum blocks to create simple, beautiful images on a cylinder letterpress.

Learn the art of linocut to create simple, stunning prints on a cylinder letterpress. The instructor will incorporate discussions about design, materials, and carving techniques for linoleum printing, as well as ink and paper choice, paper dampening, and the use of impression and makeready to create a large, even printing area. Students will work on multiple block reduction cut projects, hand-proofing their linocuts with traditional Japanese techniques and printing with them on the letterpress. 

*The techniques learned in class can be applied to the students' own Personal Print project for the 2017 Roadworks Steamroller Printing Festival. 

Materials to Bring: Please bring sketches of simple designs for a two-color reduction cut print. The instructor will help students translate their ideas into a linocut. Materials fee includes linoleum, paper, and carving tools. 

Workshop + Materials Fee: $135.00

Date & Time: Mondays, July 17 & 24, 2017 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Grendl Löfkvist

Grendl Löfkvist is an instructor in the Visual Media Design Department at City College of San Francisco, where she teaches the history of graphic design, book arts, calligraphy, and letterpress printing. She also offers a variety of courses here at the San Francisco Center for the Book, including Blackletter calligraphy, letterpress printing, and linoleum block printmaking. She is also a core instructor at Type@CooperWest(link sends e-mail), the West Coast iteration of New York's Cooper Union whose focus is on lettering and type design.
Grendl was a press operator for 13 years at Inkworks Press in Berkeley, a collectively owned, politically progressive offset printing company that just recently closed its doors. She does letterpress and printmaking work under the imprints of Red Star Media/Design and Cloven Hoof Press, and she is currently the President of the American Printing History Association's Northern California Chapter.
Her interests include the study of printing as a subversive “Black Art,” and she is always on the lookout for bizarre, unusual, or macabre print and type lore.

Past Student Reviews:

“I liked that while we used the presses in the studio, Grendl also talked about what we can do to produce nice prints at home. I also really like the print I produced! Very satisfying experience overall. Grendl had a really lovely calm demeanor the whole time. Whenever I thought we might not have enough time. Grendl slowed me down and made me stop worrying.”

“I appreciated Grendl's instruction and many tips. She was able to cram a lot into a 3 hour workshop, and even included a brief overview of design principles and some historical examples of relief printing which were helpful. The handout was great.”

“Grendl is a great printmaking teacher. I appreciated all of her individual feedback and tips and the fact that she incorporated a brief "critique" at the end of the class.”


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