Monoprints without a Press 2023

Event Info

This one-day intensive workshop takes place at the Center for Book Arts on Saturday, May 13:

  • Saturday, May 13, 11am-4pm ET

About This Workshop:

This in-person workshop at CBA is taught by instructor Maria Veronica San Martin.

During this one day workshop, we will learn how to create monoprints (a printmaking technique that allows you to work with ink to create an image that can be printed one time on paper) without having a press or a professional studio. We will set up the working space with clean and dirty areas and experiment the reduction technique with oil based inks and modifiers by using several layers of colors and shapes on top of different surfaces like a copper or zinc plate or a plexiglass piece. By the end of the day, students will know how to think, plan and create a monoprint image in 4 hours.

Required Materials:

  • one 22 x 30 printmaking paper 144 gm or more (white, tan, cream)
  • an image you want to transfer (printed out or in your phone)
  • a surface you want to work. It can be a plate of zinc, copper or a plexiglass. The measurements are up to each student. (4×6; 6×8; 8×10; 9×12)
  • bamboo baren (optional) CBA will have some but is better if you have your own.

All other materials will be provided by CBA at no additional cost.

About the Instructor

Maria Veronica San Martin (she/her) is a multidisciplinary Latin-American artist who has lived in New York since 2010.

She has been a studio artist at the Whitney Museum, ISP (NYC), a scholar at the Center for Book Arts (NYC), and participated in the Art OMI Residency (Ghent, NY). She has also been awarded two NYFA grants and three Chilean grants.

San Martín has taught at the Center for Book Arts (NYC), Penland School of Craft (NC), Universidad de Chile, and Universidad Catolica de Chile and has conducted workshops for Vera List Center, The New School, and Weeksville Heritage Center. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Brooklyn, as well as participating as an artist and contributing to their education program.

All images courtesy of the instructor.

The registration fee for this class is $175 tuition plus a $25 materials fee. If you cannot comfortably pay tuition but are interested in taking this class, please consider filling out our financial assistance application here. We will notify you if you are selected to receive a scholarship before the start date of the class. To view more information about our current scholarship opportunities, please visit this link. Looking forward to seeing you soon at Center for Book Arts!

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