Minneapolis and St. Paul are home to world-class museums, a plethora of theaters, countless local artisans, and two full cities’ worth of breathtaking architecture. To say that the Twin Cities are a mecca for art lovers would be an understatement. One art form that is constantly gaining popularity across our state is the creation of craft beer with its multilayered flavors and rich colors. Inspired by the art of beer, and in celebration of the coming holiday season, we’ve created a Holiday Card Linoleum Printmaking Class for the next installment of our Arts & Ales event series!
Linoleum Printmaking, or Linocut, is a printmaking technique in which a design is cut into the surface of a linoleum block with a sharp knife, V-shaped chisel, or gouge, with the uncut areas representing a mirror image of the art to be printed. The linoleum block is then inked with a roller and impressed onto paper. Using these blocks and ink, you can create greeting cards, stationary, wall-art, or any other stamping application! For this event, we are proud to be partnering with Indeed Brewing Company and local artists from around the Twin Cities to bring together two “crafts” for a pair of exclusive dates this winter.
Each evening will begin at Indeed Brewing Company, located in the Solar Arts Building in N.E. Minneapolis. Here, your GetKnit Gurus will be awaiting your arrival in Indeed’s new event space – “The Ox” and get you checked in for our creative night of fun and crafts. After ordering up one of Indeed’s artfully delicious beers, we will all enjoy a meal from local favorite, Blue Door Pub. They’ll be catering in a full dinner of salad, homemade chips, and a choice of one of their ‘Blucys’, which is their stuffed burger, or a homemade Black Bean Burger.
After we eat and drink our fill, we will be ready to learn a new craft and create several printed masterpieces and two take-home linoleum blocks for future use! First, we’ll get a demonstration of how to work with the tools and materials used in creating these one-of-a-kind prints. Then, we will test out our new skills on a 2″ x 3″ tester block. After getting a feel for the tools, we’ll carve up a 4″ x 6″ linoleum block fit for creating our holiday-themed masterpieces. Samples will be available for inspiration and our stencils can be used for you to create unique art – or bring your own designs and ideas! After creating our linocuts, we’ll break out the ink and specialized rollers and get to printing! As part of this class, you will receive two take-home linoleum blocks for you to create your own ‘mini printing presses’, use of all materials to create these blocks, and 10 high-quality cards and ink to print your beautiful holiday cards!
Whether you’re looking to make Thanksgiving cards to express your appreciation for the loved ones in your life, fun Holiday cards to celebrate the season, or hand-made invites to a New Year’s Eve celebration – Linoleum Printmaking is fun for all!