Collographs with Mr. Hoffman
Collographs are a form of printing using cardboard and other found materials to create an impression with ink on paper. We used damp water color paper for our prints but rice paper, muslin, and any flat surface that can go through a press can be used.
Students were shown the works of Thomas McKnight, an American painter who produced a vast number of serigraphs showing scenes of global destinations through the windows and doors of an interior space. They were asked to create a scene with a view, either from an interior or exterior perspective.
Students started with a cardboard base, called, the plate. They then added objects to the plate or removed sections of the plate taking into account that the raised objects would print. Students used cardboard pieces, coins, pipe cleaners, buttons, beans, rice, etc. No one knew what the results would be from this process, but everyone was interested to find out. Students then sealed the cardboard with Modge Podge in order for the plate to maintain it’s integrity.
The results were varied and surprising. In general, everyone got at least one good print from the experience. If interested, they can always go back into the print with colored pencils or water color paint to add to the image.
Boca Prep International School
United States of América