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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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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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
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.
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
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!
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!
We had such a wonderful, colorful day with Andy Burgess during his Fine Art Collage workshop with us! Andy pushed his students out of their comfort zones and really opened the floodgates of creativity for them, and their work shows it. Bravo, all!
In our Exploring Photography and Darkroom Photography for Teens summer camps we experimented with all the possibilities of photography!
Our Exploring Photography students shot images on 35mm film, processed it themselves, and printed their images in the darkroom – many of them for the first time ever. They also took digital pictures, edited them in Adobe Photoshop, and made beautiful inkjet prints of their photos. They learned manual SLR camera functions like ISO, shutter speed, and aperture, which are used in both film and digital capture, and played around with composition, lighting, and varying perspectives. With these tools, our students are ready to dig deeper into their preferred photographic medium and really become pros!
Our Darkroom Photography students shot 35mm, 120mm, and even 4×5″ film, spanning the range of film formats from casual to professional. They each captured photos relating to a project concept of their own choosing, allowing them to flex their artistic muscles in finding or creating images. Once they processed all that film, they put in some dedicated time in the darkroom printing their work, even learning advanced techniques like split-filter printing. In the end, each student left with 3-4 perfect prints for their portfolio.
At the end of all our photography camps we pin up everyone’s work from the week and reflect on our successes and challenges. It’s at this time that the immense creative drive and talent our students posses really shines.
We had a blast this summer sharing our love of photography with young artists!
In our Photo Zines for Teens camp this summer, three lucky teenagers got the chance to self-publish their own zine (short for magazine) of their images! Zines are a fantastic tool for self-expression and artistic exploration, allowing young artists to see a project through from start to finish, work collaboratively, and create a finished product that can be enjoyed by anyone.
After familiarizing themselves with zine culture and the amazing variety and craftsmanship of modern zines, our students set to work creating their own.
We edited their photos down to the very best and arranged them in a sequence that had a visual and conceptual flow between the images – we like to think that a book or zine is less a collection of photos and more of a visual story!
Our teens then created their zine layout digitally in Adobe Indesign, adding in hand-drawn or written elements to accompany the pictures.
Each student printed three copies of their zine to keep or trade, and left one each to the Art Intersection Zine Library, where they can be enjoyed by anyone who visits!