A Saturday of Monotype

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On Saturday January 22, I gave a one-day intensive monotype workshop to eight students at Atelier Circulaire. The group included two teachers, two graphic designers, a framer, and three artists. Five of them were in my collagraph class in November, the two artists from Atelier Circulaire had already taken workshops with me, and in the case of one teacher, I had recently given a monotype workshop to her high school art students. The atmosphere was friendly and stimulating.

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Dannie Cormier

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Béatrice Sokoloff

I usually give my workshops alone. This time I worked with an assistant professor, Lisette Yoselevitz. Lizette graduated last year from UQAM’s Fine Arts department and is a member of Atelier Circulaire. She has given several art classes in Mexico and is presently offering piñata and alebrije workshops in Montreal. It was a true pleasure and luxury to work with her. Lisette is efficient, motivated, supportive to students, and full of positive energy, a perfect complement to my teaching.

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Lisette and Anne-Marie

The pace of the workshop was steady. I offered a flow of information at regular intervals to allow students to integrate different approaches to the traditional monotype. It is a challenge to decide how much to cover in one day. On the one hand I want students to experience a range of possibilities and on the other I want them to feel relaxed as they experiment the various techniques. The advantage of working in a group is that students benefit from each other’s results. It is always exciting when they share their newly acquired skills.

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Danielle Lemieux

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Anne-Marie Gervais

After a morning of rolling, wiping, smearing, painting, stamping, and Q-tipping ink on styrene plates and printing them onto paper through the printing press, students were ready for a well-deserved lunch break. In typical Atelier Circulaire manner, we chatted, ate and drank around the black slate kitchen table. As if by magic, items for sharing appeared before us: an assortment of heavenly teas, a bowl of cookies, blueberries and a bottle of wine.

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Rachel Thompson

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Thomas Gingreau

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Christian Campana

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Nicole Milette

In the afternoon I showed the class how to combine the monotype with the encollage of drawings, digital and printed images and Japanese papers. I was pleased to see a full range of pieces, each distinct in style. This was followed by an exhibition of the day’s work accompanied by a friendly round of feedback.

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Before saying our goodbyes, I demonstrated how to hand print a trace monotype with water based inks, a non-toxic technique that can easily be done at home.

Because monotype is a direct, spontaneous and relatively rapid printmaking technique, it is suitable for a one-day workshop. However, because it is so open to experimentation, and because it produces such a rich range of effects, it also deserves to be further explored and developed through time. At Atelier Circulaire, students have the possibility of working in the studio on Fridays. This can be arranged by appointment, for a fee of twenty-five dollars. My greatest joy is seeing former students perfecting techniques that I have taught them.

Talleen Hacikyan

1 Réponse à “A Saturday of Monotype”


  • C’est une technique si encourageante et facile, je ne vais pas l’abandonner. Comment tu fais pour être si organisée et toujours stimulante?
    Merci Talleen!

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