Teaching Linocuts among the Brolgas

Learning Survival Skills - Drypoint ecthing - Jenn White

Learning Survival Skills – Drypoint etching

Watched over by a very mixed flock of Brolgas in various stances and sizes, five participants embarked on the linocut printing process at Edenhope’s Red Tail Gallery last weekend.  The Kowree Farm Tree Group, a dedicated group of people committed to assisting with re-vegetation and protection of native flora and fauna species, sponsored the current Brolga exhibition and the workshop.  The Brolga is one of Australia’s most iconic birds, stands about a metre tall, has a wing span of up to 2.4 metres, and is known and admired for its dancing skills.  A member of the crane family, they depend on our wetlands for breeding, and therefore survival.  As our wetlands diminish, so do our beautiful birds.

My entry into the exhibition should have been a linocut, but time had sped away, and I chose to do a drypoint etching on perspex instead.

Assisting with lino carving

Assisting with lino carving

This was my first time facilitating a formal linocut workshop, and have to admit the stomach moths were frantic in the lead-up.  However, being passionate about printing and the process, the moths soon settled, and I settled into the enjoyment of guiding the five participants through the various steps to produce a linocut.

The ‘Kelpie block‘ made for the make-and-take aspect of the previous weekend’s print exhibition, got another workout for trial prints and ‘good’ prints for the dog lovers amongst the group.  The participants produced some wonderful prints from their own freshly-carved blocks, several going back for a second, or even third,block.

Each participant received a folder pack of materials and three types of paper, as well as handouts outlining the aims and the various stages, expanded for future reference.  There were quite a few laughs and I had a wonderful day while sharing my passion.  Going by the smiles, and an invitation to ‘do it again’, I’m pretty sure the participants enjoyed it too – the object of the exercise.

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