We've been doing a lot of monoprinting over here with high schoolers and
they love it. The materials and techniques are different than regular
painting and drawing and this seems to grab their interest.
We start off doing them right one the desks/tables with the paper taped
above the table area where we are working. This hinged arrangement makes
it easy to flip the paper up and down to see what you have--a
mini-registration system. You can use waterbase inks or even acrylic paint
which is easy to wipe up from the table with a big sponge. Students like
to use their fingers as in fingerpainting--landscape is good subject matter
for this (collect some magazine pictures to use loosely as models). They
can paint imagery right on the table or roll out color and then
subtractivley wipe it away.
Monoprinting has endless possibilities for plugging in various painting
techniques and drawing, composition, line etc. and you do not need a
press! I usually get plexiglass scraps from a local framer which we cut up
into different shapes. These are fun to use as print matrixes in various
arrangments on the paper. You can paint or roll color onto these plates,
use rags or q-tips to wipe out designs. There are several good books out
on monotype techniques.
One artist friend is using xeroxes which she transfers to the printmaking
paper with acetone (kind of toxic for kids) or colorless markers. Then she
does monotype with these images.
good luck, aloha