Creative Breaks

Pemberton – 3 Day Linocut Experience 12th, 13th & 14th March 2021

This workshop is now full, we are now planning another for June – dates to be confirmed.

One of Pemberton's tall trees
Tall trees make a great subject for Linocut

Join artist and printmaker Shana James for three days creating linocuts in picturesque Pemberton located 327km south of Perth. The workshop will be held at the Hidden River Estate and includes three sumptuous lunches created especially for the group by chef and owner Ardal Nigg. The lunches are seasonal and down to earth and developed from the exceptional local produce with tastes from around the world. The restaurant overlooks Pemberton’s beautiful undulating hills of karri forest and farmland and is just a short distance from the scenic Big Brook Dam, which is a great place to sit and draw.


Participants should plan to arrive on Thursday the 11th of March to be ready for a 9 am start on Friday 12th at Hidden River. Accommodation is not included, so please book directly with your venue. The following link contains a list of accommodation in and around Pemberton. If you book through this link, all money goes directly to the local business, supporting the local community.

Cost of 3 Day Linocut Workshop Including Three Gourmet Lunches (Drinks Extra) $530

This workshop is now fully booked

Please add one of the following:

1. I do not need a materials kit, I will bring my own lino tools, A4 sketchbook and pencil, eraser and black marker (artline 70 or sharpie) $530

2. Please provide me with a Basic Materials Kit, yours to take home. Including basic lino tools, A4 sketchbook and pencil, eraser and black marker (artline 70 or sharpie) (please note this kit does not include a roller but you will be able to borrow one) $530 + basic kit $68 = $598

3. Please provide me with a Deluxe Materials Kit, yours to take home. Including Deluxe Tools and speedball Lino Roller, A4 sketchbook and pencil, eraser and black marker (artline 70 or sharpie) 530 + deluxe kit $ 220 = $750

3 Day Workshop Pemberton

Included: All tuition, all consumable materials – lino, paper and ink, three gourmet lunches, one cafe coffee or equivalent per day.

Not Included: travel to Pemberton, drinks, wine, accommodation, breakfast, dinner, please note that if you don’t have your own tools and sketchbook you will need to purchase a take-home kit. or bring your own.

About Pemberton

There are lots of scenic walks in Pemberton and wineries that are just a short drive from the town centre, after 4 pm your time is your own so you may wish to go for a scenic walk or just relax at your accommodation. If you have a non-workshop partner you are staying with, who would like to join us for one or more lunches please let Shana know. There are several places to have dinner in Pemberton town. There is also an IGA supermarket in the town centre. The weather in Pemberton is usually slightly cooler than Perth, especially in the evenings. The average weather in March is a maximum 25 and minimum 13 degrees. For more information about what to see and do in Pemberton go to

Turn Down Lino Press


Friday 12th March

9am Start at Hidden River Estate: Day 1 – Designing and Drawing for Linocut.

Pemberton Forest
Feel relaxed ,surrounded by the Pemberton forest

Materials and Techniques, for linocut. Discussion about choosing subject matter, then visit Big Brook Dam (about 1km away) for inspiration, drawing and photographs.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch at Hidden River

1:30 pm – 4 pm Continuation of drawing and planning with individual help as required. Adapting your drawing to suit the carving process. Composition, balance of black and white, discussion of how much to cut away. Finishes at 4 pm.

Saturday 13th March

9:00 am Hidden River Estate: Day 2 – Carving Your Lino

Carving demonstration, discussion of Tools.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch at Hidden River

1:30pm – 4pm Continuation of carving, individual help as required. After 4pm free time

Sunday 14th March 2021

9 am Hidden River Estate: Day 3 – Printing your Linocut

Discussion and demonstration on printing your lino block using hand burnishing or a turn down relief press.

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch at Hidden River

3 pm finish printing, to return home.

Cancelation Policy: If the South West is closed by the government due to Covid -19 then all money will be refunded. If you change your mind or are unable to attend you are able to on-sell your place to a friend. If you withdraw from the workshop 30 or more days before the start date you will be refunded less 25% admin fee. There will be no refunds if you withdraw from the workshop less than 30 days before the commencement date, however you can on-sell your place.

Some places in and around Pemberton – Useful Links