Curious about printmaking? The monotype process is the most direct and immediate of printmaking techniques and a great place to start. Monotypes are unique impressions created by rolling or painting oil-based ink on one surface, typically an acrylic or metal plate, and hand printing and/or press printing to paper. Widely used today by artists of all backgrounds, the medium was popularized by the painter Edgar Degas in the 1870's and by Bay Area artist Nathan Olivera in the 1990's.
Often referred to as the "painterly print," image development may include additive approaches of drawing as well as painting. The reductive method involves wiping ink away with a rag, chip board and other tools revealing the light areas. In addition, students will be introduced to the techniques of using stamps, stencils, collage elements, Xerox transfer, multi-layered color prints and more. These prints will be "pulled" by both hand printing as well as press printing with a traditional etching press. Students will leave this course with a portfolio of dynamic, unique impressions and an appreciation and understanding for the historical and contemporary importance of the monotype medium. The monotype process is challenging yet rewarding for the new as well as seasoned printmaker.