Monotypes are a free, quick and direct method of making prints. These painterly prints can easily be done at home. You will create many images while learning these simple processes. Monotypes can be completed as a finished print, enhanced with drawing or form the basis for collage. Throughout this class, we will use their unique mark-making qualities to design and compose while working to develop a series of related images. The classes will include both demos and finished pieces, as well as time for feedback from the instructor and fellow students.

Special Notes
This is an online class hosted through Zoom. We recommend that you download the free Zoom application on your computer, phone, or tablet in advance of the first class. Within 48 hours of registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the course via Zoom. The same link will be used each week.

Due to Labor Day, this class will begin on September 14, 2020.

Tuition Assistance is Available
To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. We have recently streamlined the application process, making it even quicker and easier. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Aug. 12. Tuition assistance notifications will be sent by Wednesday, August 26.

What you will learn:

  • How to use additive, subtractive, and rubbed monotype techniques

  • How to make, discuss, and evaluate your work

  • How to use your prints as finished art and as a source for collage and drawing

  • How to develop a better understanding of the elements and principles of art as they relate to your own images

  • How to think about working in a series

Required supplies:

  • Akua starter kit, includes four inks and two mediums

  • Magnesium carbonate (available at Dick Blick) or cornstarch or baby powder (used to stiffen the inks)

  • Akua plates ( comes in a three pack) or frosted mylar or duralar. These will be your printing plates. We will work on the small side, under 10″

  • Strathmore 300 series printmaking pad 11″x14″

  • Tracing paper (sheets or pad)

  • Freezer wrap (partial roll is fine)

  • 4” soft Speedball brayer (really helpful to have several smaller ones too)

  • Several brushes (used are fine)

  • Q-tips

  • Baren or wooden spoon

  • Flexible putty knife 1.5 ” (can use a palette knife but this is better)

  • X-acto knife

  • Paper scissors

  • Old magazines, wrapping paper, and collage supplies (later in class)

  • Glue for collage (can also use acrylic matte medium)

  • Painters tape (1″ is perfect)

  • Old newspaper

  • Scrap cardboard (an old cereal box is perfect)

  • Pencils

  • Choose one: stabilo pencil or china marker or sharpie marker

  • Apron

  • Liquid dish detergent ( Dawn works really well and can also be used as a plate release)

  • Bottle to hold detergent and water mixture for clean up

  • Old rags (can be rewashed after clean up) or paper towels or baby wipes. Rags are better ecologically and work really well.

  • Pastels, colored pencils, or whatever you have if you want to draw back into your prints

  • Nice to have: later in the term the instructor will be using a Gelli Plate to make Akua monotypes on fabric smooth thin cotton (old white sheets would work) or silk. You will iron these to the shiny side of the freezer wrap to stiffen for printing.