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Beyond the Tube: Mixing Color with Andy Burgess

We stepped outside of our comfort zone for Beyond the Tube: Mixing Color with Andy Burgess, and boy, are we glad we did! In this dynamic class, Andy led our participants through several exercises in mixing and applying color to form abstract shapes, exploring the complicated relationships between colors. Andy pushed his class to focus on subtlety and simplicity, and they took great care to control their work while openly experimenting. The results were beautiful, playful paintings!

 

 

 

 

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Gum Bichromate over Platinum Printing

Our Gum Bichromate over Platinum class with Diana H. Bloomfield was a hit! This two-day class led our participants through not one, but two beautiful hand-coated processes that combined together created stunning, unique prints. During day one our students made platinum/palladium prints of their images, which were beautiful on their own; in day two, they added a layer of gum bichromate over the top and made an additional exposure, which took their prints to another level. The end result is a cross-processed print with the sharpness and tonality of a platinum print, but with a color wash and additional details from the gum bichromate! 

Platinum prints processing on day 1

We exposed both processes to UV light indoors via our UV exposure units

Coating the platinum/palladium emulsion onto paper

Finished prints from day 1

Diana demonstrates coating the gum layer over the platinum print

 

 

 

Image by Karen Hymer

Image by Karen Hymer

Gum bichromate prints develop in water, and can be gently manipulated with a paintbrush 

Finished gum over platinum print – image by Nancy Miiller

Images by Scott Wrage

Images by Siegfried Rempel (L) and Mary Nation (R)

Diana discusses the class’ finished prints at the end of day 2  

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Wet Plate Collodion with David Emitt Adams

We brought another alternative process classic back to Art Intersection – Wet Plate Collodion! Our tintype workshop led by David Emitt Adams this March was our best one yet. This group perfected the art of pouring collodion onto metal plates, sensitizing with silver nitrate, making proper exposures, and finishing their plates as beautiful photographic objects. Great work, everyone!

Participants practice pouring collodion onto glass

Assistant Claire A. Warden demonstrates removing excess staining from finished plates

Never too many cameras!

Images by Donald Matthews

Images by Larry Newman

Finished tintypes are varnished over a hot plate

Images by Deanna Dent

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The Altered Photo with Ron Bimrose

Our students got experimental in The Altered Photo: Photography and Mixed Media with Ron Bimrose! This class explored image-making by combining existing imagery and different subtractive and additive hand-altering effects like sanding, painting, and drawing. The class had fun learning new techniques and letting their imagination run wild as they created their pieces. The mixed-media, collaged results were truly fascinating!

 

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Hand-Coloring Workshop with Kate Breakey

We were wowed by all the beautiful work that was created in our Hand-Coloring Photographs class with Kate Breakey! The participants made digital prints of their images, coated them with a variety of media to prepare the surface, and then applied color in the form of transparent oil paints, colored pencils, and chalk pastels. Over the four-day class our students were able to relax and get in the groove of coloring, and Kate shared many valuable insights on how to achieve certain color tones and textural effects. What a fun class!

 

 

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Light Sensitive Opening Reception

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Opening Reception of Light Sensitive 2018! We loved seeing so many friendly faces, both familiar and fresh. Thanks for helping us celebrate this beautiful exhibition!

Luigi Luccarelli with his work

Peter Friedrichsen with his cyanotypes on birch ply

Amanda Scheutzow with one of her sculptural tintype pieces

Kayla Bedey with her gum bichromate over cyanotype prints

Rebecca Lynn Fuller with her work

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Winter Teen Camp

During our Winter Photography Camp for Teens we took our cameras out into the world! Our students learned practical skills including the basics of manual camera controls, composition, and working with a location. They also had lots of fun shooting on the fly!

In this four-day class we took photo walks in Downtown Gilbert, Papago Park, and Downtown Mesa. Back at the ranch, we all reviewed their best images together, and they edited in Photoshop and made finished portfolio prints.

Image by Matthew

Image by Katelyn

Image by Olivia

Image by Reagan

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Printing with Carbon

In October we hosted a Carbon Printing workshop led by Dennis L. Collins. Dennis was able to lead our participants through this tricky process from start to finish – sensitizing carbon tissues with potassium dichromate, exposing the tissue with a negative, transferring the exposed tissue to the support sheet, and developing the print. Our students got hands-on experience making prints, as well as lots of practice trouble-shooting, which will better prepare them for continuing this process on their own. Each student made beautiful prints, and all learned to find the beauty in mistakes!

Dennis demonstrates the process of sensitizing carbon tissues to light using potassium dichromate

As the carbon print “develops,” un-hardened carbon pigment floats away – leaving the image remaining!

Several participants experimented with salvaging the used carbon tissue, to interesting effects

The same print is shown here printed on white and black paper, creating a cool contrast. The image on the black paper is viewable only when held against light

Dennis discusses the participants’ final prints after two days of hard work

 

Off the Wall 2017

Thank you to all of our incredible guests, artists, and patrons who helped us celebrate Off the Wall 2017 this past Saturday! Your support for what we do is invaluable, and we are full with gratitude. Here’s to another year of bringing art to life!

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Mordançage with Jace Becker

We got experimental in the lab this weekend during our Mordançage workshop with Jace Becker! This free-form, intuitive process process physically lifts the darkest parts of a silver gelatin emulsion, forming delicate veils. The veils can be manipulated or removed, allowing for endless creative opportunities. Our participants played around with a variety of techniques, achieving one-of-a-kind results with each print.

Jace demonstrated processing silver gelatin prints in mordançage solution, water rinsing baths, and developer. The mordançage chemistry bleaches the prints as it’s lifting the emulsion, requiring the print to be re-developed to bring back the image.

After the print has been washed, the lifted gelatin emulsion can be manipulated to add visual interest, motion, or abstract shapes to the image. We used cotton balls, hypodermic needles filled with water, compressed air, and hairdryers to place the veils exactly where we wanted them to go. 

This print is slowly being re-developed – the tan parts of the print were originally black!

Cesar Laure had some interesting results with this half-mordançaged photogram – the altered portion of the print is on the right.

Beautiful print by Susan Berger

Prints by Suzanne Fallender displaying a range of different colors achieved by placing developing prints out in the sunlight.

We can’t wait to see what our students make with this process!