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Frank Duveneck

Of Light and Shadow:
Contemporary Monotype Printmaking

Instructed by Fred Daniell

Saturdays, 9:30am-12:30pm
July 6 - August 3

Registration Deadline: July 3, 2024



Monotypes, often referred to as the painterly print, are revered for their expressive blend of printmaking, painting, and drawing. It is its natural ability to capture light that attracted artists such as Edgar Degas, William Merritt Chase, and Frank Duveneck to explore this moody medium. Using light tablets, ink, and any tools we can get our hands on, we will explore a contemporary approach to monotype printmaking that allows us to literally paint and draw with light and then print artwork onto fine papers, yielding beautiful experimental results.

This class will cover the following topics:

• Exploring a combination of dark field (reductive) and light field (additive) monotype techniques using black ink to create expressive monochromatic prints.

• Working from still lives, casts, photo references, and the live nude model providing students ample opportunity to fully explore the potential of monotype printmaking.

• Reviewing standard tools used in monotype printmaking and encouraging the exploration of alternative tools for creative expression, including utilizing safe wash printmaking inks that can be used at home or in the studio.

• Reviewing the basics of operating a printing press, how to use printmaking templates, preparing paper, basic safety, and preparing prints for display.

• Exploring monotypes as an extension of an artist’s existing art practice. Using ghost prints as the basis for other drawing and painting techniques.

• Reviewing the process of hand-pulling monotype prints without a press, encouraging students to print at home as well as in a studio environment.


$250 for 5 weeks (many materials and live-models included)

Class Size:
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12

Materials List: (download and print PDF list here)


Level of Study: A basic understanding of drawing or painting is required. This course is focused on printmaking techniques and not drawing/painting techniques specifically, though we will discuss these concepts within the context of printmaking. A foundational knowledge of blocking in light and shadow shapes of various subject matter is very helpful. We will be working from still lives, plaster casts, photo references, and the live nude model.

Edgar Degas


LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's new facility at 'M1' in Clifton at 3464 Central Parkway (see map and directions below). Manifest's new facility provides multiple studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, a film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space as well as on-site parking, grounds, and exterior spaces in which to relax, discuss, and make art. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Manifest's M1 Studios   |   Studio Calendar   |   Darkroom Calendar


Fred Daniell


Joseph Stella




About the instructor:

Fred Daniell graduated from the Art Academy of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003. He has worked as a Graphic Designer and Instructional Designer for more than 20 years with a focus on technical training and development. Fred served as Board President and Director for Tiger Lily Press for nearly two years. (Tiger Lily Press is an independent printmaking studio serving Cincinnati artists for more than 40 years.) Fred’s prints and drawings have been exhibited and displayed by the Contemporary Art Center, the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, and in The Hand printmaking magazine. When Fred is not creating, he and his wife enjoy traveling and experiencing all the art, food, and history that the world has to offer.





 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust

Manifest is supported by sustainability funding from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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