Monoprinting is a spontaneous printing technique which uses elements of drawing and printmaking. This simple process can effectively be used in the classroom without the need for a press. Monoprints are one of a kind as no two prints are alike.
Introduction: 15 minutes
- Cover the tables in newspaper
- Prepare the plastic / acetate sheets, one per child
- Demonstrate how to make a trace monoprint using the following steps:
1. Roll a very small amount of ink evenly on the tray with a roller. Too much ink will not work well for this technique. Start with less!
2. Roll a thin layer of ink onto the plastic sheet. Roll up and down and left to right to cover the plate evenly. You will need to re-ink the roll a few times to cover the plate well.
3. Lay a piece of paper over the ink
4. Carefully and lightly place your object drawing on top and trace over the drawing using your pencil. The pressure of the pencil transfers ink to the print paper. Peel up a corner and see what’s happening!
5. Try rubbing parts of the drawing with your fingers and pressing the paper in areas you would like shading.
6. Once you feel happy you have traced over everything carefully peel off the paper to reveal the print.
7. Try overlapping another drawing and see what happens.
Development: 40 minutes
- Let the students repeat the process as above.
Conclusion: 5 minutes
-Invite students to look at one another’s work.
Autumn: Objects: Lesson 1
Generating ideas and drawing
Autumn: Objects: Lesson 2
Seeing and drawing Objects
Autumn: Objects: Lesson 3