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Block Printing

June 3, 2023 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Berkshire Botanical Garden

Led by artist Dave Lesako, this workshop focuses on design, tool use and printing by hand. This process involves transferring an image to the linoleum, carving out the lines or shapes, inking the plate and printing it to paper to achieve stark black-and-white or color compositions. Students should come with ideas, photos (of their own making, no copying) and/or sketches. Please see below for a complete list of required materials.

Dave Lesako taught art to students of all ages and abilities for 38 years. After retiring as a public school teacher, he worked as an adjunct art instructor at Waynesburg University, teaching drawing, watercolors and printmaking. Now focusing on his own artwork, he creates luscious pastel landscapes, often en plein air.


  • 1 or 2 sheets  12” square unmounted battleship linoleum
  • 1 medium size tube black water base printing ink 
  • 1 or 2 large sheets white print making paper( various brands)
  • a pair of sharp scissors
  • 1 small set of linoleum cutting tools (not wood block tools and check quality)
  • some cheaper sketching paper 
  • pencil
  • erasure
  • a wood or metal spoon(not small)
  • Students should come with ideas, photos( of their own making, no copying)
  • sketches

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