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Solar Powered Prints: Mixed-Media Cyanotypes
June 19, 2020 - June 26, 2020| $100 – $125
Solar Powered Prints: Mixed-Media Cyanotypes with Sarah Fox
Dates: June 19th and 26th, 2020
Time: 7-8:30PM EST
Tuition: $100 members / $125 non-members
Level: all ages (including serious young artists)
Class Limit: 12 students
Cyanotypes are a photographic printing process that uses the sun to develop images and creates a vibrant deep cyan-blue print. This technique dates from the late 1800s when it was first used to create blueprints for architecture. It was later used artistically by Anna Atkins to create the first photograms. Participants will create their own printing plates using cut paper, crayon, ink, found botanicals and other objects. We’ll cover the mixing and application of cyanotype chemistry on paper and fabric, as well as several tinting methods that can be used to vary the iconic blueprint.
The first workshop session will begin with a live demonstration by Sarah, followed by a few assignment prompts designed to get students inspired and working. Students will work independently throughout the week, and the instructor will be available via email for one-on-one technical support and questions. The second session will conclude the workshop with each participant sharing their work in a group feedback session.
Please note that while we have included links to specific materials below, it is not necessary for you to buy from these exact stores. If there is a specific brand listed for a material, we do ask that you stick with that brand. Our instructors have vetted these materials and know what’s best in this application.
- 30 pack of 8.5 x 11” cotton cyanotype fabric sheets
- 8.5 x 11” (or larger) frame with glass or plexiglass (used to hold materials in place for printing)
- Transparency sheets (I prefer Dura-lar over acetate because it doesn’t buckle in the heat)
- Tissue paper
- 2 glue sticks
- Black paint pens (any size or brand will do)
- Plastic gloves
- Transparent or semi-transparent objects (lace, botanicals, feathers, bubble wrap)
- Somewhat flat objects with interesting or malleable silhouettes (necklaces, hair, yarn)
If you had already signed up for a Summer Art Institute class, or are newly registering for an online workshop or event, please read our 2020 Refund and Cancellation policies.
Sarah Fox’s multi-media narratives and characters are created from embodied female experience. Stories of life, loss, love, and sex are told through corporeal hybrid creatures. The resulting collages, drawings, sculptures, and animations suggest a childlike fairytale but with an undercurrent of dark symbolism. Her work has been shown throughout Texas, as well as in the Kinsey Institute (Bloomington, Indiana), Field Projects Gallery (New York, New York), Espacio Dörffi (Lanzarote, Canary Islands), Bedsetter Art Fair (Vienna, Austria), Atelierhaus Hilmsen (Hilmsen, Germany) and Casa Lu (Mexico City, Mexico). She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas where she is the co-director of the innovative community art space Clamp Light Studios and Gallery, the exhibition director for the Brick Gallery in the Blue Star Arts Complex, and serves as board chair of the month long arts celebration Contemporary Art Month.