Cyanotype Processing Workshop

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CYANOTYPE PROCESSING WORKSHOP w/ Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park
Join Joshua Tree-based photographer and artist Rose Cefalu for a half day of experimental printmaking, known as Cyanotype printing.

You will learn about the process’s history and hands-on work producing fine art prints. Your images will be enlarged to 8 x 10 negatives and will be contacted printed, harnessing the Sun’s UV light and developed in water. You will also do the same process as a photogram, where the image is made without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of the light-sensitive cyanotype paper and then exposing it to light. The usual result is a negative shadow image that shows tone variations that depend upon the objects’ transparency.

Sharing her wealth of knowledge, Rose will start each morning with a brief overview of the process, followed by paper coating and a walk in a private location in search of the objects and plant flora students can use in later in the day for photograms. Students will use this 20th-century photograph technique in conventional and unconventional ways to explore the power of image-making. No prior photography experience is needed; all levels are welcome.

About the Instructor: Every day, you can find Rose Cefalu obsessing over her iPhone photos and over-posting on Instagram. In her spare time, she thinks about traveling, taking pictures, printing imagery, and mixing new colors. In 2019 Rose launched a cyanotype workshop to get her “ hands dirty” again and reintroduce this vintage art form to a new audience interested in becoming skilled with alternative photographic processes. Rose has been a guest lecturer worldwide for 12 years as adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of California at both Hollywood and Los Angeles campuses. She is also producing award-winning content at a variety of outlets. Currently, Rose is the Photography Director at Emmy magazine. Her work is on display throughout various galleries and stores in the high desert. She is also a yearly participant of MBCAC’s Art Tours, where she opens her studio and home.

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