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The Art Students League of NY - School

Exhibition Detail
215 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019

August 13th, 2012 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
, Mary Beth McKenzieMary Beth McKenzie
© Mary Beth McKenzie
, Mary Beth McKenzieMary Beth McKenzie, Oil monoprint
© Mary Beth McKenzie
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Mon-Fri: 8:30 am - 10:00 pm, Sat-Sun: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
The Art Students League of New York
Monoprints, monoprint, oil painting figurative

Mary Beth McKenzie
August 13–17
Monday–Friday, 1:30 pm–5:00 pm
Fee: $425
Instructor present each day
Enrollment limited to 12 students

A monotype is a painting or drawing that has been printed on paper. Because monotypes must be done quickly, the application of paint is bold and loose and can be very expressive. The process of making a monotype is relatively simple:

The first method is similar to painting on canvas (light-field). Paint or ink is applied directly to a clean non-porous surface such as Plexiglas, plastic or glass. When paper is pressed to this surface, provided the paint or ink is still wet, the image transfers to the paper. When the paper is removed, the image will be reversed.

In the second method (dark-field), a fairly thick layer of ink or paint is spread or rolled evenly over a nonabsorbent surface, such as Plexiglas, plastic or glass, and the image is wiped away or extracted from this dark tone. The workshop focuses on these and other methods of doing monotypes with demonstrations and live models. Only a spoon is needed for printing.

Mary Beth McKenzie has nineteen monotypes in the Collection of Prints and Drawings at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her monotypes are also included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the National American Museum, the Smithsonian Institution, and the New-York Historical Society. In 2010, she had a monotype, sketch and plate on view for three months at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the Johnson Gallery for Prints and Drawings. In 2001, her oil painting, Self Portrait, (Matisse Print), was on view for seven months in a self-portrait exhibition, Looking at You, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a painting instructor at the Art Students League of New York and at the National Academy, where she was elected a member in 1994. For more information, please visit

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