Monday, July 15, 2013

High School Printmaking Unit: Post Four -- Monoprints Method Three

Methods one and two were both such smashing successes that I upped the ante with method three. Method three of the monoprint section of the printmaking unit for the high school students required them to use some advance planning in the creation of their prints. Although I'm sure some of them put some thought into their previous prints, for the most part it was all about very spontaneous exploration. And although I fully encouraged continued exploration with the different processes we were using throughout the entire unit, I felt it was time they did some pre-planning. So as a homework assignment (and really I give so few of those when teaching art) the students were asked to make four simple 9 x 12 sketches. These sketches were used to develop their ideas in class.

As part of the third class on monoprinting I introduced using black ink. Up until then the ink choices had only been color because I did not want their prints to get too murky, but for this method black was important. The students spread out the black ink on the plexi-plates and used tools to clear ink away in selected areas. The areas corresponded to their sketched ideas. Then they pulled black and white prints (no color yet). Once those prints had time to dry a little, they added color to them in selective areas to create either representational or abstracted imagery. Some students tried doing this by "eye-balling" where the color should be placed on the plexi so that it would show up in the appropriate area of the print. Others were very methodical and placed the black and white print upside down under the plexi so they could still see it faintly through the back of the paper. This allowed them to use more control and precision when applying the ink for the color areas. And there were also students who layered the color ink over the black ink. So many options became available the more they experimented.

As always, there were so many prints when the class was over. Here is a small selection:

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