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The Magic of Monotype

Week 2: August 11-17, 2024 
​Instructor: Robynn Smith
Class Material Fee: $40

About the Workshop

This workshop explores both technical and conceptual approaches to monotype printmaking. Students will be guided through many monotype techniques such as reductive and additive inking, chine colle, multiple drops and layering of imagery. Demonstrations and group discussions will be followed by practice and critique. Individualized and experimental approaches to the medium will be encouraged, as the magic of monotype is an excellent way to achieve highly personalized prints. This will be a non-toxic studio environment open to all levels of artistic and printmaking experience.

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About Robynn Smith

Robynn Smith holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from San Jose State University. She is an internationally exhibiting painter and printmaker and Professor Emerita, Monterey Peninsula College. Robynn is the founder of the annual international event, Print Day in May, and Blue Mouse Studios in Aptos, California. She has extensive teaching experience at private studios, art centers, colleges and universities around the world. Notable solo exhibitions include Monterey Museum of Art, Triton Museum of Art and Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. She has been represented in juried and invitational group shows on 5 continents. Recent residency fellowships include L’AiR Arts Paris, Islensk Grafik in Iceland and Zea Mays Printmaking in Massachusetts.

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Instructor will provide:

  • ​Plates

  • Inks and modifiers

  • Newsprint

  • BFK Rives printmaking paper (available for purchase) 

  • Brayers Ink knives

  • Water soluble pencils

  • Chine colle glue

  • Dawn

  • Spray bottles

  • Tracing paper

  • Center finding ruler

  • Plastic for damp packs

  • Drying boards

What students should bring:

  • Source material such as drawings, photographs and other bits of inspiration

  • A variety of brushes and other mark making implements

  • Sketchbook for taking notes and making observations

  • Apron

  • Unscented baby wipes

  • Disposable gloves

  • Portfolio for print storage

  • Minimum of 2 Speedball printmaking brayers-the more the better!

  • Minimum of 2 flexible, metal spackle or ink knives, approx 1.5 inches wide

  • Plastic kitchen garbage bag

  • Xacto or snap knife and scissors

  • Thin, decorative papers for collage techniques (optional)

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