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Alternative Processes Courses

Alternative Darkroom 1 - An Introduction to Handmade Photography

13 February 2019 - 6 March 2019
12 HOURS
WEDNESDAY
18.00 - 21.00
Tutor: 
Brittonie Fletcher

This course provides an introduction to alternative photographic processes, and will enable you to quickly master the basics of hand-coated, non-silver emulsions and chemistry techniques, with an emphasis on developing your skills of perception and craft. 

While the course objective looks to the past, there’s also much to be learned from the present state of photography and we will discuss a wide selection of photographs from photography’s inception over 160 years ago through to its current state. 

During the course you will have the opportunity to create a series of prints from a number of materials, personal or found images and objects. 

Open to all levels, it is recommended you bring or wear suitable clothes for darkroom use. 

By the end of the course you will have: 

  • Learned more about alternative handmade photographic process. 
  • Learned to mix chemistry 
  • Experimented with at least 2 different alternative photographic printing techniques 
  • Created photographs in variety of ways using different hand applied chemical techniques and their variants, including combined printing and toning 
  • Have the opportunity to work on a dedicated project.

Course Outline 

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Week 1: Introduction 

  • Overview of processes covered 
  • Health and safety 
  • Lab set up 
  • Chemical preparation and mixing 

Week 2: Cyanotypes
Make blue prints from various materials and existing images. We will use a few different techniques and tools for applying chemistry. 

  • Different paper coating techniques 
  • Print from materials as photogram 
  • Print from Paper Negative 

Week 3: Salt Printing
This session provides another process where we will be able to examine the benefits of using or not using surface sizing. 

  • Size paper with salt 
  • Making salted paper light-sensitive 
  • Print from contact(s) of choice 

Week 4: Toning 
We will use a number of different toners to change look of prints. We will also have the opportunity to explore combining the two processes. 

  • Print from digital negative / Xerox Transparency / negatives / photograms 
  • Make and use toners
Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£165.00
concession: 
£145.00

Alternative Darkroom 2 - Silver Paper Extended: Lith, Chromoskedasic & Chemigrams

10 April 2019 - 1 May 2019
12 HOURS
WEDNESDAY
18.00 - 21.00
Tutor: 
Brittonie Fletcher

This course provides an introduction to darkroom printing processes which will extend students’ knowledge, abilities, and spectrum of darkroom printing. Black and white paper can be rendered in so many versatile ways, and during this course participants will explore 3 techniques to create stunning and unique prints. 

During the course you will have the opportunity to create a series of prints from a number of materials, personal or found images and objects and develop your own personal project with supervision. Many of the processes covered have been overlooked and pushed to the wayside but are now being taken up again by fine art photographers worldwide. 

There’s much to be learned from the present state of photography and throughout the course we will discuss a wide selection of photographs - from photography’s inception over 160 years ago through to its current state - in an informal capacity. 

This course aims to balance technical information and critical conceptual thinking with a relaxed yet engaging and fun practical class time. Open to all levels, it is recommended you bring or wear suitable clothes for darkroom use and/or an apron, smock, or lab coat. 

By the end of the course you will have: 

  • Learned more about silver gelatin printing and the wide applications beyond the traditional mainstream black and white print and of artists working with alternative darkroom techniques. 
  • Learned to mix chemistry 
  • Experimented with different alternative photographic printing techniques 
Course Outline 

Week 1: Introduction 

  • Overview of processes covered 
  • Health and safety 
  • Lab set up 
  • Chemical prep and mixing 
  • Initial prints

Week 2: Lith Printing
We will again make prints from negatives and or photograms which will produce a print with dark shadows, soft creamy bright highlights. This process can appear warm in tonality with an illustrative look which has been compared to charcoal drawing in feel. 

  • Printing
  • Redevelopment 
  • Tonal control 

Week 3: Chromo 
This session we will make prints from negatives or photograms and create ‘the poor man’s daguerreotype’ with a plated out silver print. This process is wildly exciting and unpredictable but adds an extra magic and glamour to any final print. 

  • Chemistry
  • Anticipation 
  • Documenting 

Week 4: Chemigrams
We will use a few different techniques and tools for applying chemistry and resists to create more unique prints with individual character ranging from graphic to painterly and abstract. Negatives are not required, but you are encouraged to bring some to experiment with. 

  • Different paper coating techniques 
  • Light and dark and everything in between 
  • Resists 

 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£165.00
concession: 
£145.00

Project Day: An Introduction to the Platinum/Palladium Print

3 February 2019
5 HOURS
SUNDAY
11.00 - 17.00
Tutor: 
Brittonie Fletcher

Photography's birth is typically understood as being in the mid-19th Century and while the term "photography" was coined then, experimentation with optical devices, as well as photochemical properties and reactions has been explored for centuries. 

While digital media's popularity has surpassed mass use of chemical photography (now thought of as "alternative photography") there has been a strong movement to re-embrace these printing practices. This one-day course will introduce you to a beautiful printing process which gained popularity around the turn of the 20th century. 

We will begin with one pre-prepared negative*  and delve into the rich tonal range and process of the Pt/PD print and explore the benefits of marrying contemporary digital technology with this fantastic analogue process. 

The course will: 

  • Include a short history of the process 
  • Guide you through the steps involved in chemical preparation and where to source them
  • Enable you to walk in the footsteps of Alfred Stieglitz, Margaret Watkins or F. Holland Day 
  • Provide you with comprehensive instructions so that you can make your own prints on your own

This short course is suitable for both beginners and experienced photographers wanting to brush up on skills and learn some new tricks. It is also an exciting introduction to Alternative Processes and will provide excellent structure for future exploration and enable you to work confidently on your own creative projects. Students are encouraged to bring in additional materials, negatives or previous work for discussion. 

Course Outline 
  • Summary overview of the processes 
  • Explanation of all equipment and chemistry 
  • Relevant chemical Health and Safety 
  • Discussion of different papers and materials 
  • Discussion on environment 
  • Preparing solutions 
  • Chemistry application 
  • Exposing & developing 
*  Please note: One negative will be prepared for you in advance of the course. Please email a single image file at least 1 week in advance of the course start date. Image file should be 300dpi resolution and approximately 2000 pixels on its longest side. 
Sample negatives and photogram material can be provided to work with if you do not have your own images - but please inform us if this is your preference. 

Courses are open to all individuals aged 16 and over. We cannot accept bookings for participants under this age.

Book Now  or call us on 0131 622 6200.

Please read our cancellation policy before booking

Waged: 
£99.00
concession: 
£85.00
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