Phytogram & Chemigram: Painting with Chemistry

Start date: 13 April 2024
Day: Saturday
Course length: 1 Day Course
Time: 10:00 to 16:00

Course code: SA29

Full fee: £92.00 | Over 65s: £82.80 | Benefit: £73.60

Tutor: Sophie Sherwood

Courses description

Using vitamin C tablets and washing soda, you will learn how to make your very own light sensitive chemistry. This can then be applied on to light sensitive materials such as 35mm film to create unique prints. This process was discovered by the artist Karel Doing as a way for people to connect with nature more through photography. In the workshop, we will make relief prints using this process with leaves from the Folk House courtyard, after which we will process these using darkroom fixer to make them translucent. We will then use these to create darkroom prints using the chemigram method.

The chemigram is a painterly process, which can be applied to light-sensitive materials using phytogram chemistry, fixer, and resistant materials such as Vaseline. They can seem like images from another world, and often have a very psychedelic feel. In the second half of the workshop, you will learn how to create your own chemigrams in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Folk House, and be asked to build up layers using other techniques, such as lumen printing and sabbatier in conjunction with your phytogram prints made earlier in the session.


Student Testimonial:

This workshop was an amazing experience. I was curious to learn more about the phytogram method and its outcome. Sophie's teaching was enlightening and left me with lots of curiosities which I can't wait to experiment by myself. Really recommend this.

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