Introduction to Lino cutting

Japan’s participation to the Universal Exhibition of London (1862) and Paris (1867) allowed Europeans to discover the artistic richness of this country which used to be isolated from the rest of the world. Japanese prints then fascinated artists of the second half of the 19th century because of their unique style opposed to the western codes. The combination of an off-centre layout and a black ring, revealing the contours of schematic forms, associated with representations of everyday life with refined colours still pleases the eyes of contemporary collectors. Well-known from the public, The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Hokusai is one of the most famous xylography (embossed engraving on wood), designated by the name Ukiyo-e, literally meaning “Images of the fleeting world”


It’s in resonance with this art form created during the Edo era that the Prémontrés Abbey offers an introduction workshop to Lino cutting in the heart of the Abbey. Surprising and open to all, this embossed engraving technique is relatively new since it’s done on linoleum plates. These convivial and creative moments of an hour and a half will be supervised by a mediator who will present to you the tools - like gouges - and will guide the gestures of the participants. They will create from A to Z, patiently and meticulously, a print in their image. Models will be available on the theme of Japanese culture for those in need of inspiration: carps, Mount Fuji, cherry blossoms, manga characters… A real moment of escapism which will appeal to children and adults.



You can register online, by phone at +33 3 83 81 10 32 or by email : (Please specify the number of participants, the age of the children and your name and phone number).

> Register online for the June 22nd lino cutting workshop