Week 1 Jump in and make the printing plate with glycerin, gelatin and water. Set up your printing space, gather supplies and tools and make piles of prints on paper. Learn the basic terms that we will use throughout the course and share with the group for support and information.
Week 2 Get to know all about masking stencils. – Begin with found materials. Start to identify your visual language, make paper masks to personalize your prints. Learn to love the detailed impression. Make a Warhol-esque series of shape prints on paper.
Week 3 Texture – Explore mark-making tools that are used to lift off or apply ink to the plate. The inspired by your surroundings and make several tools of your own. Be inspired to mat and frame a detailed impression print that is a distinct expression of your visual language.
Week 4 Combine and Control – After three weeks of experimentation you will have developed a visual language of your own. You will have key marks and images that are just yours. This week take those marks, prints and images to a more developed a more controlled or satisfying monotype prints on paper. Learn to create and use a masking frame.
Week 5 Papers and Possibilities – Consider the substrates and surfaces that you are printing on. Is there something else that you would like to print on? Let’s examine edges, layers and registration options. What about books? 3-D sculpture? What inspires you?
Week 6 Combine – Complete – Continue – You will have piles of prints by week six and your printing plate may be changing as well. We will learn about refreshing and restoring the plate. We will make decisions about finishing prints and make a plan for continuing the series of monotype prints. Use a cropping tool to create more powerful images. Identify your signature style for the moment. Make a commitment to your continued growth and success.