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SOLD OUT! – Cyanotype – Photography with Light

with Arlene Westen

June 3, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Price: $85.00

Description: Cyanotype is an early photographic process dating back to the mid 1800’s and is known by its distinctive Prussian Blue colour. Also known as sun-printing, this process requires UV light to develop prints onto various surfaces. Unlike using dye or fabric paints, making cyanotypes doesn’t need mordanting, fixing, or heat-setting. It is a fun and easy way to create unique and beautiful images very quickly.In this 4-hour class, participants will learn everything they need to know about sun-printing chemistry, making photograms and using contact prints on pre-treated fabric sheets. Mixing cyanotype chemicals will also be discussed with a demonstration given on the process of coating fabric and/or paper with the solution. Students will have developed 3 fabric sheets, 8 ½” x 11”, to take home at the end of the class, a few samples made on various papers, and receive a handout with further information including ideas for further experimentation and trouble-shooting tips.

Audience: 16+ and no experience required

Supplies: Participants need to bring the following:

  • A piece of glass slightly larger than 8 ½ x 11” (tape the edges in advance with masking tape to prevent cutting yourself when handling the glass). Make sure you don’t use UV resistant glass. Michaels craft store and some Dollar Stores sell inexpensive 9”x 11” clip frames which are a good size, and often second-hand stores sell inexpensive frames.
  • A support which is the same size as the glass: can be thin Masonite, smooth mat board or cardstock.
  • bulldog clips
  • A pair of light latex gloves if your skin is sensitive
  • Objects that would create an interesting developed image. Anything that casts a shadow will work. For example: Keys, coins, leaves, lace, cut-outs, opaque stencils, feathers, etc.

*The instructor will supply the remaining materials required (the kit price is included in your ticket price)

Cost: $85 (GST and Eventbrite fees included)

Cancellation & Refund Policy: Please note there is a NO REFUND policy on all Leighton Art Centre workshops. A refund will only be issued to participants if the workshop is cancelled by the workshop coordinator due to insufficient enrollment, extreme weather conditions, or Covid-19 restrictions. Workshops may be cancelled prior to the start date and participants will be notified via email and/or phone, and a full refund will be processed. Withdrawal from workshops for medical reasons must be accompanied by a doctor’s medical note or a positive COVID 19 rapid test and must be received by the Leighton workshop coordinator prior to the workshop start date to be qualified for a full refund.

Artist Biography: Arlene is an artist who is skilled in many different types of art and has been teaching adults for over 40 years. She focuses on techniques like cyanotype and alternative photography, collage, printmaking, bookbinding, and fibre arts. Arlene has two degrees in art (Alberta University of the Arts, Fibre Art with Honors and from the University of Lethbridge, Studio Arts, Honors with Great Distinction) and places a strong emphasis on composition and design in her classes.

Twitter: @WestenArlene
Instagram: ArleneWesten


June 3, 2023
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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