Vangla Tint | Prison Ink

During the spring semester, Grafodroom is teaching an Estonian Art Academy elective course in drawing and printmaking entitled Prison Ink – The Figure In Space And Time And Zine (Vangla Tint – Figuur ajas & ruumis & ziin ). The course explores printmaking basics and experimental methods of drawing the figure as well as other subject matter. Students will be introduced to the methods of screenprint and linocut through the printing of small zines or folded books, compiled from a selection of the work made in and out of class.
Tutors: Hannah Harkes & Mari Prekup.

Week 1- Welcome to Prison Ink (05.02.15)

Introduction to Grafodroom and the course. Examples of printmaking (particularly linocut and screenprint) and of the ‘prison zine’ / folded book. Various studies of the figure in art history and of artists using innovative methods of drawing (Matthew Barney, David Hockney, Dieter Roth, Gelitin). Class excursion to Peeter Allik’s solo exhibition of linocut works ‘Need tomatid ei mädanein’ Kunstihoone Galerii. One hour’s life drawing session with model Tuutu.

Homework: draw in the shower – take a long shower with paper and drawing tools and make a series of quick drawings.

Week 2 – Drawing Marathon (12.02.15)

A timer beeps at regular intervals; paper is piled high on the table. Exercise 1: Make a new drawing every 12 minutes for one hour. Subject and drawing tool is open. Exercise 2: Drawing from memory. Look at the subject for 1 minute without drawing, then draw that subject for 1 minute without looking back for reference – for one hour.

Homework: Using a combination selected from the drawings made, prepare a larger work.




Week 3 – Anatomy Class (19.02.15)

With the full use of different books, anatomy toys, skeletons and chart, we will get to know the human body inside and out – drawing a figure with muscles and bones inside. What is connected to what? How do we move? (with nude model, 3 hours). Group 1 will get a deeper introduction to screenprint and coat their screens.

Homework: Draw your face overlaid with your skull; a hand with muscles; a foot with muscles.





Week 4 – Touch and Noise (26.02.15)

This lesson gets more experimental in terms of input for figurative drawing. The classroom will be set up with different activity points (drawing on another’s body, drawing with another’s body, drawing with music, making music with drawing, drawing blindfolded from touch…) Students work collaboratively in pairs and are free to choose how they split their time between activities. Group 2 will get a deeper introduction to screenprint and we’ll start to coat screens

More fish eye fotos HERE <—

Homework: Think about books.



Week 5 – Figure Writing (05.03.15)

A lesson in figure writing with nude models. With one or two models present, we will explore the figure through the written word, in response to a series of activities focusing on different perspectives of observation – i.e. the figure in black & white; tonal writing; colour; chiaroscuro text; the figure in their environment and the figure in motion. We will continue coating all screens and hand out linoleum blocks.




Week 6 – Designing the Book (12.03.15)

We will gather together all drawings and text made so far, select which will be used and work on the layout. Folding methods are chosen and layout planned. Be ready to start screenprinting next lesson. Continue cutting lino.

Week 7 – Screenprinting (19.03.15)

For the elements of the book that will be screenprinted, students will follow through the steps of preparing a coated screen (exposure, washout and printing). Continue cutting lino.

Week 8 – Linocut Printing (26.03.15)

We will print the linocut elements alongside the screenprinted elements. Students will learn how to ink a linoleum block and run it through the intaglio press. Spoon printing can also be tried.

Week 9 – Print Print Printing (02.04.15)

Continue printing…

Week 10 – Folding + Finishing Touches + Monotype (09.04.15)

Students take their dry prints and fold into books. There is room here to make additional touches (for example, hand tinting the books or working more on previous drawings.) Meanwhile, one large, inked sheet of perspex on the table will be available for the class to work on collaboratively – reductively and additionally – and will be printed at the end of the lesson.

Week 11 – FINISH (16.04.15)

Students have the chance to finish off any work that is not yet complete and get everything prepared for the final presentation.


An exhibition will be made in which the students present a selection of their drawings made during the course as well as a presentation of their completed zines.