Monotype Printmaking with Instructor Virginia Zimmerman from The Center of Contemporary Printmaking
Saturday, June 7, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EDT)
Description of Monotype
This three-hour workshop will explore the basics of Monotype, an intuitive, flexible and fast printmaking
technique, excellent for beginners. The printmaking technique that is most similar to painting,
monotype involves applying inks to a plexiglass plate, then running the plate and paper through a press
to create the image. Inks can be applied in a variety of ways to make a huge range of effects and marks.
Students can apply ink with fingers, brushes, rollers, and stencils, and can layer color by running the
print through the press multiple times. Monotype, as the name suggests, only permits one pure image
per pass through the press, although it is possible and often very productive to pull a second lighter
or “ghost” print from the plate, and then work back into it with subsequent layers. This technique is
relatively simple and immediate, and is a really fun way to introduce beginners to important concepts
in printmaking such as layering color to build and image, working with a matrix and reversals. The
workshop will be run by Virginia Zimmerman, and staff printers from the Center for Contemporary
Printmaking will demonstrate techniques and assist participants with the printing process.
Good for all ages, parents and children welcome!
½ hour demo
2 hours printing
½ hour clean-up
Printmaking Classes to run for Newtown Healing Arts
June 7 – Monotype
July 12 – Linoleum cut
August 9 – Collagraph
September 6 – Foam Intaglio