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Color/Surface/Texture/Pattern: Monotype & Relief

Color/Surface/Texture/Pattern: Monotype & Relief

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Saturdays, October 13th and 20th, 11am to 2pm

 - Monotype and relief printmaking are flexible processes that allow rich build up of visual elements. In monotype, Plexiglas plates covered in ink can produce different effects as the ink is covered with paper or plastic stencils, wiped away with rags or brushes, or diluted with solvents. In relief, artists carve away at linoleum or wood blocks to achieve expressive lines and textures. Both of these processes can be layered and mixed, with monotype giving you bold shapes and splashes of color and relief giving you structure and depth through line. In this class you will learn how to prepare monotype and relief plates and how to print images using an etching press. You will learn how to cut stencils, use found materials to create printed textures, and how to build images using combinations of different processes. Whether your style is graphic or painterly, clean or rough around the edges, these techniques offer something everyone can use. This class is great for beginners and experienced printmakers alike, and students are encouraged to experiment with techniques at all levels of expertise.

Instructor: Ariana Martinez

Ariana Martinez is an artist and storyteller working across narrative audio, sculptural installation, and print media. They have worked as a design researcher to imagine audience engagement strategies with Rhode Island Public Radio and are an active collaborator with SMASH!, a group for gender minorities working in audio at the PRX Podcast Garage. Ariana sees audio as a raw material that can be creatively manipulated and works to break down the barriers to technical audio production for artists working in all media. Ariana’s work includes a public audio/video installation designed to activate historic Fort Adams in Newport, large-scale sculptures situated in audio environments, prints and drawings, and stop-motion video works made from analog print processes and found sound. You can find their work at .

Supplies to bring to class:

  • printmaking paper

Supplies provided by the Printshop:

  • ink
  • rollers, brayers
  • acrylic plates
  • palette knives
  • vegetable oil, degreaser, rags for clean-up

Location and Parking

The AS220 Printshop Mercantile is located in the 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. Also we are 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, always it Takes Time to find on-street parking.  To cancel your reservation, you must email AT LEAST two weeks in advance, or risk losing your payment.



If minimum number is not met enrollment in class, the teacher May opt to cancel class. If this is the case, we will give a full refund of payment and first class choice to enroll in future classes. We will Attempt to give as much notice as possible.

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