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Sun Printing with Nature

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June 13, 2022
June 13, 2022
10:00 - 4:00

Workshop Overview

Cyanotype photograms are one-of-a-kind images made using the sun as a light source. This early 19th century process produces prints with beautiful cyan-blue and white tones. As a group we will explore nature collecting leaves, grasses and other natural elements from the ground. Participants will learn to coat watercolor paper with the cyanotype chemicals and, once dry, make photograms by placing the collected items on the paper and exposing them to sunlight. We will experiment with both wet and dry methods. Each participant will leave with four to six unique prints. Children must be accompanied by a participating adult.

About the Instructor(s)

Karen Hymer is a visual artist and educator living in Silver City, New Mexico. She holds BFA, MA and MFA degrees in fine art photography and has taught for over 25 years. She sees teaching as an opportunity to present new ways of experiencing the world through interaction with nature and image making. Karen’s current work explores the effects of time on the human body and various plant life. Her richly detailed photogravures emphasize the interplay of texture, pattern, light and shadow in muted earth tones. Her images are visually seductive; a poetic beauty is revealed in often overlooked subjects.

Materials List: Students Bring

• An apron or old shirt to wear.

• Plant materials (optional)

• A box (11 x 14 more or less) to carry prints home in (some may be wet)

• Dress for weather and time outside.

• Any specialty papers you might want to try

Materials List: Provided by Instructor(s)

• Trays

• Tongs

• Cyanotype chemicals

• Hydrogen peroxide

• Spices

• Vinegar

• Paper

• Graduates

• Bowls

• Plastic wrap

• Hairdryer

• Glass

• Backing for glass

• Towels

• Gloves

• Brushes

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