Ian Phillips

Coming on a three day lino cut workshop can be a bit daunting if you haven't done anything like it before. Here are a few of the most common questions people ask me before coming on the course:

  • Q. What do I need to bring with me?

    A. Not very much at all really. An apron, a basic art kit ( A4 sketchbook, pencils, biro etc ). The important things are some finished sketches or photographs of something you are interested in doing as a black and white print and a colour print. Oh and enthusiasm.

  • Q. What do you provide then printy man?

    A. Everything else you need really. I supply the lino, cutting tools, tracing paper, inks, rollers, print paper and the barens to print with. As well as the technical tuition and support.

  • Q. Do I have to be able to draw?

    A. This is a common one. No not really. It is a print workshop not a drawing one. We can produce a print from a traced image so you do need a certain amount of digital dexterity to follow a line and use the cutting tools.

  • Q. Do I have to do a LANDSCAPE like you?

    A. This is also a very common one. No. On the workshops I quite often see a lovely sketchbook full of drawings of flowers or horses, portraits or architecture, even abstract decorative patterns. Then a couple of days before the workshop stilted attempts at landscape drawing begin to appear. Now if you would like to develop in new directions and have a go at doing a landscape print for the first time, great, you're in the right place. However don't feel that because I do landscape you have to. it's okay, I accept that landscapes, My lifes work and the reason for my very existence, leaves some people cold. That's fine. Honest it is. It's fine.
    I hope that the skills and print techniques I am trying to share with you are as relevant for an abstract still life of a spider plant as they are for the beach at Newquay. So not doing a landscape print is acceptable. Just.

  • Q. What time do we start and finish?

    A. We start at 10.00 am and usually finish about 4.30 pm. The finish times are a bit flexible as it usually depends on how much chatting we do. On the last day we finish when the prints are done.

  • Q. Is there anywhere for lunch?

    A. Yes, Aberystwyth has a wide selection of places to eat. You can choose between fish and chips on the seaside, a fancy Spanish deli, traditional cafés or just bring a packed lunch. I do provide tea, coffee and biscuits and the occasional cake. Let me know if you prefer stuff like a certain tea or soya milk for example and I'll get that in.

  • Q. Can children come on the workshops?

    A. On these ones, I'm afraid not. Over 18's only.