Mono-Printing, Fall 2017


I’ve started out every year with printmaking for the past few years now.  It involves paint/ink, making a mess and the potential to learn a new method of working and some new vocabulary.  We talk about mono printing, relief printing, and intaglio printing along with learning such words as, carve, brayer, plate, Plexiglas, ink, etc.

We start with mono printing

Here the students is applying the ink/paint.

Next is using the brayer to roll the ink out evenly

Here the student is just making a quick scribble because I’m taking pictures to show the various steps the student has to go through for the making of a mono print

In this step the paper is being laid gently down on plate with the design.

Then the pulling of the print.

Here’s the final piece.  It goes pretty quick and the students have to take turns going around the table.


Google Draw animations

Below will be some first attempts at using google draw in conjunction with google presentation to create a simple animation.


This animation was created by the amazing colby K


Alyson B did this nice one with the alien.  You need to push the play button to start.


Ms. Tessa R did a great job here with the fire/explosion!


Ms. Samantha S. did this nice bounced soccer ball.  I like the way it diminishes in size as the ball tracks towards the net and the bounce looks realistic too!


Just click below to see a nice animation done by Micah C.  Notice how he has edited the url at the end to be “delayms=100” The 100 stands for mili-seconds. so now the frame rate is 1/10 of a second. Originally the code google gave you to share was, “delayms1000”, which would be too slow.  also notice how the code says “start=true&loop” which is the command for auto start and repeat in this instance.  He got that right!

Unfortunately he did not give me the embed code or it would appear as a picture like the ones above.  I could import this into google presentation, make a copy, publish to web, check off auto start, repeat(or loop…), click embed at the top and then grab that code, change the delayms to 100, and then insert into this site and you would see a picture and would not have to click through.



We are coming to the last days of school so…

First, check gradebook to see what you’re missing.  Currently it looks like quite a few people are getting Cs and Ds and a F!  THIS SHOULD BE IMPOSSIBLE!   You can make up work, re-do a previous assignment or talk to me about something to do to improve your grade. I will accept work up through the last week.  If on a weekend,you can share work  via my e-mail or just show it to me in class. If you want extra credit you can re-do a previous assignment or see me!  There is no reason not to get the grade you want!


That being said….

In graphic arts we study and learn to make images intended to be used.  One of the subjects I assigned the other day was a quick research of the the “Hello Kitty” image. The students found out it was an image drawn by a woman, Shimizu for the Sanrio corporation, who owns the image.  Another part of the assignment was to draw some kitties  using  the paint/draw program of their choice and a 16 bit program.  The images below are from that assignment.




The cats  cats were drawn with a few different draw programs and then pasted into a google doc, all done by the most wonderful Ms. Amber C.

At time of this writing, the above paragraph, is for some reason underlined, I tried to change html, but it keeps reverting-I’ll have to fix this later!

Mr. Casey K did a great job with a simple cat drawing and a photo background.

Ms. Avery did a nice, painterly approach to drawing kitties here.