Printmaking I
      Printmaking I introduces students to a variety of processes in printmaking. The course begins with one of the more simple and direct techniques in printmaking: monotypes. Students then work collagraphs, drypoints, and woodcut prints.    
Monotypes are a unique, one of a kind print. Unlike other methods of printmaking, monotypes can only be printed once. Ink is manipulated on a piece of plexiglas in a painterly fashion. Once the image is completed on the plexiglas, it is printed onto a piece of paper, giving a painterly printed image.
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A collagraph is a print made from a textured plate. Variuos materials such as papers and fabrics are collaged onto the plate (which is often matboard or sintra plastic) and sealed with acrylic medium. The plate is then inked and can be printed multiple times.
A woodcut is a print is created by carving away the negative areas of the woodblock with various gouge tools. Once the image is carved into the block, ink is rolled onto the surface, and the block can then be printed multiple times.
A drypoint print is made by drawing directly into the plate (often sintra plastic, plexiglas, zinc, or copper) with a sharp needle tool. Once the image is incised into the plate, it is inked (the incised lines hold ink) and can be printed multiple times.