Printmaking at an Austrian artists’ colony

Kunstlerdorf

At last, I have something other than an Oktoberfest painting to show you! Last week I visited Künstlerdorf Neumarkt an der Raab, an artists’ colony in a quiet part of southeastern Austria. The place itself is absolutely adorable. It consists of a small cluster of historic buildings, several of which have thatched roofs. Inside you’ll find studios, exhibition spaces, and even bedrooms that visitors can rent during their stay. Artists teach a variety of week-long workshops here during the summer months. 

Printing presses at Künstlerdorf Neumarkt an der Raab

The printmaking studio is one of the few purpose-built buildings on the small campus, and it houses a variety of beautiful heavy presses of various types. We got to try one of them out in a little hour-long mini-course in linocut.

linocut in progress

I think the last time I made a linoleum print was in 7th grade. I used one of the artists’ colony’s thatched-roof buildings as inspiration for my image. The final print came out a little haunted-housey:

Linocut print

The process was fun, and I’m tempted to buy a set of tools and start playing around with linocuts at home. Although we used a heavy press at the printing studio, it’s possible to make prints at home using whatever means for applying pressure you have on hand.

the building I used as inspiration for my print

Which isn’t to say I’m not interested in going back to Neumarkt an der Raab someday. I’d love the opportunity to spend a week surrounded by other artists in such a beautiful spot. I’m looking forward to checking out the course offerings for 2012. Just in case you’re inspired, too, I should point out that while their website is only in German, the artists leading the workshops are international and often teach in English or other languages. Between a little Google Translate and some correspondence with the friendly English-speaking staff, even a non-German-speaker should be able to attend a workshop without much difficulty.

{This visit to Neumarkt am Raab was hosted by Creative Tourism Austria.}

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4 Responses to “Printmaking at an Austrian artists’ colony”

  1. TJ says:

    Jul! I want to take a course with you… this looks amazing.
    I love Lino and wish I could’ve been there for this one.
    Let us know when the summer schedule comes out and what one you’ll be registering for.
    Best wishes from MN
    tj

  2. Jul says:

    It would be so fun to take a course together, TJ! I’ll be on the lookout for the schedule.

    I have a friend named Lino, so re-reading your comment keeps making me giggle a little (I doubt he’s your type).

  3. What wonderful photos!! Thank you for sharing!!

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  4. Jul says:

    Thanks, knottedfingers! We got lucky with beautiful weather for our artists’ colony visit. The day before was rainy and foggy in Austria.

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