Soft Plates: Monotype Studies
Print like a painter: ‘Soft plates’ are thin substrates like paper, plastic, and vinyl that are etched and inked to form fluid compositions.
- Sundays, Mar 15th + 22nd, 2-5pm
In this class, students will be introduced to the process of monotype and collagraphy. The instructor will demonstrate monotype and platemaking techniques using monotype, relief and intaglio plates that students make during the class. Students will print on the two traditional etching and relief presses with a maximum area of 18” x 28”.
The ‘soft plates’ are thin substrates like paper, plastic, and vinyl are made into semi-durable shapes, that are capable of holding fixed details, etchings and carved lines. In this process each plate is inked and then placed so there are no fixed compositions. The plates can be stacked and rearranged to various effects quickly. Due to the nature of these plates, the images they produce can have graphic qualities with clean and well defined negative space around areas of distinct color. Students will learn proper press operation and be authorized to use the etching presses after completing this course and signing up for AS220 Industries membership.
Instructor: John McCaughey
Supplies and Resources.
Jerry's Art-A-Rama - Any paper suitable for etching / Providence at 653 North Main Street
Blick Art Materials - Relief inks and drawing tools / Providence at 200 Wickenden Street
RISD Store - Paper suitable for etching / Providence at 30 North Main Street
Utrecht Art - Printmaking tools, supplies and paper / Online
Graphic Chemical & Ink co. - Printmaking tools, supplies and paper / Online
McClain’s Printmaking Supplies - Printmaking tools, supplies and paper / Online
We recommend the following papers: Rives BFK, Canson, Somerset,
What to Bring to Class:
- Imagery, template imagery and sketches for inspiration
- Assorted pack of brushes
- Steel wool
- Paper 22x30”, 24x36"
- Imagery to work from Illustrations (Keep it simple at first: 2 colors, avoid text.)
- Transfer paper
- Sketching / drawing tools
- Utility knife
- Tool box or plastic tote to hold your supplies
Materials and Supplies We Provide:
- Two 30" x 30” sheets of styrene
- Cleaning Supplies
- Scribes and needles
- Disposable Gloves
- Black & White ink
- Modifiers - Mag Carb + Plate oils
- Cotton swabs
Location and Parking
The AS220 Printshop is located in the Mercantile building at 131 Washington Street Providence, Rhode Island, on the 1st and 2nd floors. The shop's entrance is located at the back of the building on Lucie Way (Martha Street on GPS and computers); ring the bell by the double doors. There is 2 hour metered on-street parking available, bring your quarters. We are also located near a parking garage with entry on Washington Street, look for the big blue parking sign.
Important Class Policies
Please be respectful of the short time you and the other participants have to learn, and arrive on time. If you are more than half an hour late, we will not be able to teach you what you signed up for. Plan ahead, it always takes time to find on-street parking.
To cancel your reservation, you must email Industries@as220.org at least two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.
CANCELLATION OF CLASSES
If minimum number is not met in class enrollment, the teacher may opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of class payment and first choice to enroll in future classes. We will attempt to give as much notice as possible.
Photo credits: Taryn McMahon, Dana Behl, Barbara McPhail, Cionnis
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