Intro to Relief Printing

Intro to Relief Printing with Peter McLean

Intro to Relief Printing with Peter McLean

Tuesdays > 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Term 3 7 August – 11 September

Discover the wonderfully unique qualities of relief printing  a centuries-old printmaking process that is known for an expressive use of wood or lino, as well as rich, graphic contrasts of light and dark. Using hand tools, students will learn to produce lino-cut and woodcut prints, printing by hand and with a press. Clear instruction and introductory exercises will guide beginners in learning this medium; students with previous experience will be challenged to develop ideas and engage in more advanced techniques such as multiple-block colour and reduction printing. All aspects of the process will be covered, including drawing on the block, carving your design and printing black & white and colour prints. All levels welcome.

About Peter McLean >

Peter McLean

Peter McLean is an artist with a deep affinity for nature and the environment. Working across a range of printmaking techniques as well as drawing and installation, his work explores the materiality of nature and our physical, emotional and spiritual relationships with place. As well as exhibiting regularly and undertaking residencies, Peter has extensive experience teaching printmaking for a wide range of students, including at ANU School of Art & Design, the National Art School in Sydney, Megalo Print Studio and Woodford Folk Festival.

Content >

7 August:

Black and White Basics
Learn about using hand tools to create the distinctive patterns and textures typical of relief prints and produce a graphic black and white linocut.


14 & 21 August:

Reduction Cut Colour
Continuing working with lino, using a reduction-cut method to create multi-coloured images.


28 August:

Going with the Grain
Working with wood.


4 September:

Outside the Square
Combining other techniques with woodcut including stencils and shaped blocks


11 September:

Broader Perspectives
Relief collotype and nature printing.

Costs >


Friends of BAC cardholders receive a 10% discount.
All materials will be provided.

Enrolment >

More info >

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.

Header image incorporates elements of artwork by Peter McLean.