MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream

Students explore a unique way of making monotypes and develop an understanding of a simple, and beautiful printmaking process. 

Required Time

80 Minutes

Grade Level

Grade 1 to Grade 8

Subject

Art Techniques
Visual Arts

Vocabulary

pattern print printmaking relief print

Materials

Crayola® Watercolour Sets Crayola Marker and Watercolour Paper – 11.4 cm x 15 cm (4.5” x 6”) Paint Brushes Flat surface such as a Styrofoam tray Foam Shaving Cream Shish kebab Skewers

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Steps

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step One

Step One

Spray about 3 cm of shaving cream onto a tray. Use a piece of cardboard to level it.

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step Two

Step Two

Paint directly on top of the shaving cream with different colours of watery watercolour paint. Make sure the paint stays on top of the shaving cream.

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step Three

Step Three

Use a shish kebab skewer to gently swirl the paint. Make sure the paint stays on top of the shaving cream.

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step Four

Step Four

Gently place a piece of paper on top of the design … 

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step Five

Step Five

… and press down lightly – just enough to pick up the paint. The paper will be sitting on top of the shaving cream.

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step Six

Step Six

Pull the paper off.

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step Seven

Step Seven

The shaving cream will be smeared all over the surface of the paper.

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step Eight

Step Eight

Use a small piece of cardboard to squeeze off the excess shaving cream. The design should stay on the paper.

MONOTYPES with Watercolour and Shaving Cream - Step Nine

Step Nine

You should be able to get about 8 prints from the same shaving cream – just mix the paint into it and repeat.

Learning Goals

Students will be able to:

  1. Create several monotypes;
  2. Experiment with a variety of ways to use colour and create pattern;
  3. Explain their process; and
  4. Express opinions about the works.

Extensions

  1. Have students apply what they have learned to create monotype postcards to send to friends and family. (Attachment - POSTCARD_template.pdf)

Prepare

  1. Create a sample.
  2. Place students in groups of about 6.
  3. Set up enough foam shaving cream stations for each group.
  4. Cover tables with newspaper and have lots of paper towels on hand.
  5. Make sure you have a spot to hang or place the prints while they dry.

Introduction

Printmaking has a long history throughout the world. It is an interesting approach to art making because it gives many unexpected results and can lead to new ways of thinking. Monotypes are one-off prints rather than many. They are a combination of painting and printmaking.

  1. The following Canadian printmakers are among many you could introduce to your students depending on the focus of your printmaking lessons:
    Jane LowBeer 
    Heather Aston 
    Lorène Bourgeois 
  2. Introduce the idea of printmaking to students by talking about what happens when they walk through a puddle and then onto dry ground. The marks their shoes make are prints. 
  3. Ask what other types of prints students might know about.
  4. Explain that there are many different ways to make prints and monotypes are unique because they only produce one image, while other types of printmaking produce many copies of the same image. 
  5. Explain that today's lesson is a workshop to explore how to make monotypes with foam shaving cream and watercolour paint. It's for experimenting and trying out ideas to see what happens.
  6. Introduce the challenge.

Activities

The Challenge

  1. Create a several monotypes.
  2. Experiment with a variety of ways of adding colour and pattern.
  3. Demonstrate technical accomplishment.

The Process

  1. Demonstrate how to create a monotype by painting directly on the surface of the shaving cream.
  2. Show how you can scratch into the paint with the end of a skewer before placing the paper on top of the painting.
  3. Encourage students to experiment with a variety of ways of applying paint and creating pattern.
  4. Remind students to immediately hang their print to dry before starting another one.

Sharing

  1. Display the completed prints.
  2. Ask students to find 3 things that interest them about how the work was made.
  3. Ask students to share what they found challenging about making monotypes, and what they found easy.

 

Assessment

  1. Have students fill out the self-assessment sheet. (Attachment - MONOTYPE_self-assessment.pdf)