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Pemberton – 3 Day Linocut Experience, Winter Break 23rd, 24th & 25th July 2021 Now Fully Booked

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. This is an opportunity to spend 3 days making and to reconnect with your creative self. The workshop will be held at the cosy 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 (weather permitting).

Payment Three Options

Option 1. Workshop only (includes consumables) 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) $570

Option 2. Includes Basic Materials Kit, yours to take home. Including basic lino tools ($15), 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 at the workshop) $570 + basic kit $42 = $612

Option 3. Includes Deluxe Materials Kit, yours to take home. Including Italian Tools ($60), 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 at the workshop) 570 + deluxe kit $ 87 = $657

Now Fully Booked – Next Workshop in October

Included with all options – 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.

  • View from Hidden River Front Verranda
  • Terry's Linocut from the March 2021 Workshop
  • Pemberton Forest
  • Pemberton Workshop MArch 2021
  • Louise working on her linocut March 2021
  • Group drawing at Big Brook Dam March 2021
  • Ronelle's Linocut from March 2021


Participants should plan to arrive on Thursday the 22nd of July to be ready for a 9 am start on Friday 23rd 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.

The following links have more accommodation to browse but where possible support the local community and go directly to the operator’s website:

Air bnb Pemberton

Hidden River Estate – the group from March 2021 chatting after class

About Your Tutor Shana James

Shana is an experienced artist and printmaker and is known for her relaxed, friendly classes. She has been teaching adults for over 20 years (including at TAFE and university level). Shana currently teaches at the Fremantle Arts Centre. She is adept at teaching classes that cater to all levels of ability from absolute beginners to professional artists and everything in between. She has been an exhibiting artist for thirty years and her artwork is in numerous collections including: Kerry Stokes, Artbank, Monash University and The WA Ministry for Culture and the Arts.


9 am 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.

Free Wine Tasting – finish the class with a free wine tasting of Hidden River’s boutique wines.

Saturday 24th July 2021

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 25th July 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