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Frankfort High School, Part 2

Kristine Harvey, teacher at Frankfort High School in Michigan, sent me a new batch of monoprints from her class of high school art students, and they're just as good as the first. I've pulled out a few to show in this post, again not to single them out as better than the ones I didn't select, but this time just to highlight the different kinds of monoprint techniques that these young people were trying.

First, we have what I think are contact monoprints (where you roll out a thin layer of ink, place a sheet of paper on top, and draw through the back of the paper, the marks being made wherever the paper makes contact with the ink):


The next one looks like it was created using a combination of mask and stencil:

Then a multilayered print, where it looks like the artist reapplied the same sheet of paper to a surface that had been worked on more than once:
Finally, another additive monoprint that has some notably free, loose, expressive mark making:


Congratulations, artists. Keep it going, and who knows, maybe I'll be seeing you at Interlochen or Columbia College Chicago in the not too distant future.

P.S. My wife and I stayed for a few days in Frankfort in the summer of 2014, after teaching for a week at Interlochen. Nice town near/on Lake Michigan. I had some good fish meals, watched the world cup in local bars, enjoyed walking around the boutiques and shops on the main high street.

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