Beyond Monotype

Workshop with Ron Pokrasso

Beyond Monotype

This intense workshop covers a wide range of techniques and marks possible in the monotype process and continues by adding collage, drawing, and multiple plate to projects. Participants will be encouraged to pursue their artistic vision using monotype as a mark making tool in combination with other techniques. The notion of the “artist as an inventor” is stressed as mixed media techniques open the door to limitless opportunities. The approach is energetic and open while each participant’s individual needs helps to dictate the direction of the workshop.

Using Akua inks and modifiers participants will begin with basic monotype techniques including ink mixing, additive/subtractive applications, stencils/templates, working the “ghost” image while conquering plate and paper registration. The use and abuse of mark-making tools, exploring the limits of paper, collage, chine colle, multiple plate printing, contact or trace monotype, viscosity, as well as solving issues after printing are all discussed.

Working with drawing materials, and the possible integration of other platemaking matrices, as well as finishing prints as resolved and complete expressions, are all aspects of the workshop. With numerous demonstrations and the interspersing of art making philosophies this workshop is an intensive inspired and enriching adventure suitable to all levels of experience.

What’s Included

The studio includes printing presses, printing inks, plate material and all the other common materials for making monotypes will be at your disposal during whatever hours the host studio sets. It is a long list. Some 22x30” Arches 88 paper is included, This is a dry paper printmaking workshop which Arches 88 does brilliantly and is how Ron works on his own prints. For most people it is enough paper to complete the workshop. For those who need lots of paper during the workshop it is for sale at highly competitive pricing.

What to Bring

Note your General Studio Fee is used to provide an extensive array of relevant shop needs, including: ink, ink knives, modifiers, cleaning supplies, paper towels and rags, tarlatan, newsprint, mat knives, aprons, some drawing acetates, india ink, and a thorough list of other communal creative printshop needs. What is not covered by your fees are printing papers and other non-communal printing supplies such as specialized plates.  As described below paper and other items you might want for your own are available at excellent prices and are listed at Shop Supplies. Additional, items are constantly being added.

  • Water base brushes – a variety of sizes to suit your working style
  • Collage materials – rice papers, old prints/drawings, photos, photocopied material, found materials – this is totally open to each participant; (local art stores have loads of exotic papers)
  • Sharpie Marker (not pen) Fine Point – you know the most common one.
  • Drawing and other materials- a small selection of personal mark making stuff is good to have along; masking tape, sharpie marker, clips, cutting tools (remember airport security!), pieces of sandpaper, etc. in a small tool kit or pencil case is sufficient; (colored Stabilo pencils and China markers are great to draw over dry ink)
  • Previously etched or exposed plate(s)- This is optional and only to work in conjunction with the processes discussed in the workshop
  • Brayers – odd sizes or personal favorites specific to your needs (workshop provides a large assortment of standard brayers)
  • Good hand pencil sharpener for soft leads (electric provided in studio)
  • Recommended reading: Monotype- Mediums and Methods For Painterly Printmaking by Julia Ayres, 1991 Watson Guptill publisher.
  • Large enough luggage to pack small and medium prints, with stiff protector (cardboard or matt board). Large prints can be shipped to you at the listed fee or you can roll them in a shipping tube at your discretion.

That’s it! Any questions about supplies, please feel free to contact us.

Workshop Itinerary

  • Monday begins with students arriving at studio between 9:30 and 10 AM
  • Studio is open to students from 9:30 AM – 7 PM. Exception is Friday, workshop ends at 4 PM