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Cyanotype Printing (Sunprints)

collage of images with trees and one central image of an alien in a forest

Join Joshua Tree based photographer & artist Rose Cefalu for a week long of experimental printmaking, known as Cyanotype printing. You will learn about the history of the process along with hands-on work producing fine art prints. Your images will be enlarged to 8 x 10 negatives and will be contact printed, harnessing the sun’s UV light before being 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 with variations in tone that depend upon the transparency of the objects used.

Sharing her wealth of knowledge, Rose will start each day with a brief overview of what is to come, followed by paper coating, nature walks in search of the objects, and plant flora that students can use later in the day for photograms.

Students will explore the power of image making using this 20th century photograph technique in conventional and unconventional ways. No prior photography experience is needed, all levels welcome. Do not miss this class!

Rose Cefalu has been a worldwide guest lecturer along with 12 years as adjunct faculty at the Art Institute of California. She is also producing award-winning content as the Photography Director at Emmy magazine and you can find her work at Her work is on display throughout various galleries and stores in the high and low desert. She is also a yearly participant of MBCAC’s Art Tours where she opens her studio.

Instagram: rose_cefalu_photo

Faculty: Rose Cefalu

Dates: June 26- June 29, 2023

Tuition: $740

Tuition, room and board:
$ 1,470

Lab Fee: $20, includes watercolor paper, chemistry (photographers formulary), cotton fabric, various bleaching and toning, tape, brushes, alternative photogram materials (feathers, lucite crystals, vintage keys), gloves, masks

Skill Level: All levels

Enrollment limited to 10 students

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