Monoprinting Inspired by Goya, Turner and Cornelius in the Education Room at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

This post follows on from Gathering Marks and Tearing Paper to Appreciate Prints by Goya, Turner and Cornelius at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and shares how teachers enjoyed monoprinting on a big scale. The session was facilitated by Paula Briggs and Sheila Ceccarelli from AccessArt and Kate Noble from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Making Monoprints
Making Monoprints

 


Monoprinting to Explore Expressive Mark Making on a Freeing Scale 

Monoprinting can be a very liberating process to explore and free up drawing.

Having been inspired by prints by Turner, Goya and Cornelius in a Temporary Exhibition up in the galleries, teachers came down to the Education Room to have a go at printmaking themselves on a big scale.

After Sheila demonstrated monoprinting basics, teachers were encouraged to experiment and learn the technique through trial and error.

Ink was rolled out directly onto the table, which had been protected with large plasticised paper. Teachers either drew directly into the ink and then took a print from that, or laid a piece of paper over the ink and drew through the paper to reveal a print.

There were a variety of different textured pieces on the table, including feathers, lace, embossed wall paper, hessian and string, which could be used to take further prints.

Sheila Demonstrates Inking up a Plate
Sheila Demonstrates Inking up a Plate

 

A Sheet of Paper Placed over the Inked Plate - Using Pencil Pressure to Make Marks
A Sheet of Paper Placed over the Inked Plate – Using Pencil Pressure to Make Marks

 

Monoprint Revealed
Monoprint Revealed

 

Teachers begin their Exploration!
Teachers begin their Exploration!

 

Making Marks Directly into the Inked Plate
Making Marks Directly into the Inked Plate

 

Using an Inked Plate Face Down over Collage to Add Marks
Using an Inked Plate Face Down over Collage to Add Marks

 

Plate and Print
Plate and Print

 

Repeated Monoprints over Same Large Drawing
Repeated Monoprints over Same Large Drawing

 

Monoprint
Monoprint

 

Collages Plate
Collaged Plate

 

Revealing Print
Revealing Print

 

Finished Print
Finished Print

 

Printing Using Embossed Wallpaper as Plate
Printing Using Embossed Wallpaper as Plate

 

Monoprinting Over Embossed Wall Paper Print
Monoprinting Over Embossed Wall Paper Print

 

Using Paper and String as a Mask
Using Paper and String as a Mask

 

Monoprint over Initial Warm Up Collage
Monoprint over Initial Warm Up Collage

 

Monoprint over Initial Warm Up Collage, and Extended Past the Paper
Monoprint over Initial Warm Up Collage, and Extended Past the Paper

 

Many thanks to the teachers who participated in this InSET training session for sharing their ideas and processes with AccessArt and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Photographs by Paula Briggs.


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