Linocut & Letterpress workshop at Opificio della Rosa 2013

I’ve just returned from Italy where I was teaching a linocut and letterpress workshop at Opificio della Rosa, a beautiful printmaking studio in a castle. The aim of the workshop was to produce a book, based on a narrative which each student had chosen.

letterpess print

The first two days were spent learning how to make marks with the linocut tools and playing with the wooden type to make colourful compositions. The approach to text and image was deliberately playful and I tried to encourage the students to experiment as much as possible and be open to new ideas.

linocut by Irene Rinaldi

On the third day the students discussed their chosen narratives, which ranged from a story about Pythagoras to a collection of animal noises from around the world. Then they began to plan the layout of their books.


Opificio della Rosa is an inspirational place to work, cut off from the distractions of the real world and allowing time and space to think. It is run by Umberto Giovannini, an expert woodcut artist, fount of knowledge on art history and sometime musician.


Below are some images from the workshop, including the finished books.

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5 Responses to Linocut & Letterpress workshop at Opificio della Rosa 2013

  1. sarah j says:

    If you get a chance to go to this workshop – don’t hesitate..don’t think twice… you will not regret it. Lovely place, lovely lovely people and very exciting. And the best ice cream in the world (allegedly)

  2. Cindy says:

    I second that comment. I took the 2012 workshop. Take the class, An awesome experience that will ignite your creative soul.

  3. kath walls says:

    Oooh, don’t suppose you fancy coming to Crete, Greece??????

  4. Georgia says:

    It’s been a such nice week. The location was amazing. I met great and creative people from all over Italy and from over seas. All final projects were of high quality. Thank you Nick

  5. Thanks so much for this blogpost. Been wanting to attend this workshop the past two summers but haven’t been able to. Roll on 2014, hopefully.

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