This course is designed for anyone who is interested in alternative or historic photographic processes and who wants to make prints with or without a camera, using techniques which need minimal equipment and facilities.
Be introduced to a selection of methods
Learn about the historical and artistic context of photographic printmaking
Become familiar with the equipment, methods and practicalities involved
Achieve a sound knowledge of several processes: Argyrotype (Kallitype), Cyanotype, Lumen prints and Anthotype, plus an understanding of how the 'alternative process' discipline works, in order to have confidence in exploring further techniques independently
On completion, you should be proficient and confident in mixing and using chemicals, preparing and coating substrates and making digital negatives for printing and controlling exposure.
On the first evening, there will be an introductory talk, plus discussion of the potential and expectations.
On the first full day, you will learn about:
Safe handling and use of chemicals
Equipment, tools and materials
Coating and preparation methods
Making digital negatives
On the following days, you will work with materials prepared the day before, making both cameraless photogenic drawings and printing from digital negatives. There will be opportunities for making more negatives and preparing extra material, as time allows.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
- On this course, the tutor will supply most materials, including: chemicals, papers, inkjet negative film. 30 sheets of A3 watercolour paper to print on will also be provided.
What students need to bring
- Digital camera (anything is fine, even phone cameras), plus USB cables or card reader, etc. to connect to a computer
Available to buy
- Available from shop:
- You won’t need to buy anything from the shop as materials wil be supplied, but if you want to try other papers, fabrics, etc., the shop stocks suitable items.
- Available from tutor:
- You won’t need to buy anything from the tutor as materials wil be supplied, but additional supplies will be available to purchase.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals. There may be some Health & Safety restrictions on access to workshop in the absence of the tutor.