The monotype workshop is an introduction to oil- and water-based monotype techniques. Monotype is known for its painterly quality and a unique print is achieved. The techniques and methods taught are those that are practiced at Warren Editions.
An original fine art print is neither a reproduction, nor a copy. Rather, it is the outcome of an art making process, whereby an image is created on a surface, which is not that image’s final destination, as it is then transferred to another surface by means of pressure. In the case of printmaking, the ‘final home’ for the image is generally a piece of paper. In the creation of a monotype the surface onto which an artist paints does not hold any fixed information that can be printed more than once. Unlike the printing surface of an etching, which has been permanently etched and thus can be printed in an edition, the monotype exists as a once-off – a unique print. The artist’s spontaneity and impulsive gesture find their way to the plate/printing surface, which in the case of monotypes is a sheet of PVC; the revelatory and reversed manifestation comes to be when the paper is lifted from the printing surface to reveal the unique print.
A further distinction is that between the monoprint and monotype. A monoprint is one of a series; a part of an image is in constant existence on the plate and repeated in each print – a fixed element, as such. The monotype, on the other hand, is a one-of-a-kind pulled impression created by means of the artist working on a clean, un-etched flat surface. Integral to the monotype process is the final decision to print. When this intuitive leap is made and the artist is ready to stop their mark-making, the printing surface is laid on the press bed, the paper is placed over it and through the press it goes. Any remaining residue on the printing surface, known as the ghost, leaves a diminished trace of the subtle brush strokes, daubs and/or flat colour planes that are now the history to a newly printed image. A monotype has come to be!
DATES for the Monotype Workshop
21 January, 28 January, 4 February & 11 February 2017 – Four consecutive Saturdays.
TIMES for the Monotype Workshop
9am – 3pm
COST for the Monotype Workshop
Activities for the Monotype Workshop
Session 1: Sat 21 January
Zhané Warren (the instructor for days 1 and 2) will start the session by explaining what a monotype is and it’s relation to a monoprint, and that the monotype technique renders unique prints.
The practical side will kick off with exercises – Zhané will take the lead, working in reductive, additive and trace monotype methods. While Zhané is explaining and implementing the methods, the group will also put into practice what they see, so as to avoid a delay between seeing and implementing.
Thereafter, you will get started on making your own monotypes with colour combining roller -, painter marks, reductive and additive methods. The most important aspect of the day is to play with the monotype applications as much as possible rather than sweating over creating final finished works.
Session 2: Sat 28 January
Zhané will take stock of the outcomes of the first session by discussing with the group the monotype technique’s richness, versatility and its merits.
Following the discussion, Zhané will demonstrate the layering aspect of monotype, which entails printing over an existing impression. The purpose of the second session is to print over impressions printed in the first session and/or printing wet-on-wet using two plates. Using reference images and ideas you have collected during the week, come ready to spend the day printing.
Session 3: Sat 4 February
Kate Arthur (the instructor for days 3 and 4) will start the session by explaining what water-based monotype is and how this technique differs to oil-based monotype. Kate will introduce the group to the watercolour made by Warren Editions. She will compare it to tube watercolour, which the group will also use for the technique.
The practical side will kick off with exercises. Kate will show how the PVC gets prepared and the particular manner in which the watercolour is applied to the PVC. While Kate demonstrates the methods the group will put into practice what they see, so as to avoid a delay between seeing and implementing.
Session 4: Sat 11 February
Kate will take stock of the outcomes of session 3 by way of discussing with the group the water-based monotype technique’s richness, versatility and its merits.
Following the discussion, Kate will demonstrate the layering aspect of water-based monotype, which entails printing over an existing impression. The purpose of session 4 is to print over impressions printed in session 3 and/or printed during session 4. Using reference images and ideas you have collected during the week, come ready to spend the day printing.
Need to know
- Plate size: approximately A4
- Each participant is required to use their own source material / visual vocabulary for the workshop.
- The prints will be pinned onto the wall in order to dry flat and for all to view during each session. All the prints can be taken home at the end of the workshop.
- Bring along your own apron, if you have one. If you don’t have one, then there are aprons available at the studio to wear.
Instructor for oil-based monotype is Zhané Warren.
Warren, a master printer, is the founder/owner and director of Warren Editions, and is the head printer on many of the projects at Warren Editions.
Instructor for water-based monotype is Kate Arthur.
Arthur is part of the Warren Editions team. Besides her responsibilities at Warren Editions she is also an artist working predominantly in painting, drawing and printmaking – specialising in monotypes.
*THE PRICE INCLUDES VAT AND MATERIALS & THE MONOTYPE WORKSHOP CAN ONLY HOST 8 PARTICIPANTS.
To sign up for the monotype workshop, email Zhané Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TERMS for participating in the monotype workshop are:
Your participation in the monotype workshop is secured upon payment and Warren Editions cannot reimburse the fees.
If you cancel your participation 14 full days or more before the monotype workshop starts, the fee you paid can go towards the next monotype workshop. To participate in the next monotype workshop, you will need to pay the outstanding amount – if the monotype workshop fee has increased. Also, participation in the next monotype workshop depends on available spots. Alternatively, you can arrange to have a friend take your place or sell your spot.
If your cancellation is less than 14 full days before the monotype workshop starts and Warren Editions is unable to find a replacement, then 50% will be deducted from the original fee paid. In order to participate in the next monotype workshop you will need to pay the outstanding amount – bearing in mind that the next monotype workshop fee might be more than originally paid.
Warren Editions reserves the right to re-schedule the dates of the monotype workshop that you have signed up and paid for or to cancel the monotype workshop.