Emulsion and Transfer Workshops

Release Date: 4/25/2001. Expired: 5/26/2001

Join instructors Glenna Butts and Marla Sanderson from 1-4 p.m. Saturdays in May 2001 for workshops in the visual arts. Image Transfer on May 12, Emulsion Transfer on May 19 and Hand-Tinting Black & White Photography on May 26 are the topics to be covered. Tuition for each session is $85 which includes supplies and the deadline to register is one week prior to each session.

In the Image and Emulsion Transfer workshops, participants will become knowledgeable in each process as well as operation of a Daylab II slide printer. In the Image Transfer session, wet image transfers will be completed and dry image transfers will also be created as time permits. Slides will be made available to students in the Emulsion Transfer class or they may bring their own 35 mm slides. Students in both sessions will leave with one image suitable for framing. A black and white photograph will be provided to students in the Hand-Tinting workshop. By sessions end, each participant will have one finished hand-tinted photograph.

Polaroid image and emulsion transfers are alternative photographic processes which cross the boundaries of painting, printmaking, and photography. Both are utilizing peel-apart Polaroid film. An image is exposed onto Polaroid film by means of a slide printer, camera or enlarger.

In the case of image transfer, the film is pulled apart before complete development and the dye-laden negative is rolled onto another surface, such as watercolor paper. The dyes develop onto the other surface and the image is transferred. The image may then be manipulated and hand-colored if desired. Each image is unique due to the physical properties of the transfer process.

Polaroid emulsion transfer, or emulsion lift, uses the same film and equipment, however, the results are completely different. The image is developed fully onto the positive print of the Polaroid film. The image layer of the print (the emulsion) is then removed with hot water and can be placed onto virtually any surface, including three-dimensional surfaces. The transparent emulsion can be sculpted, stretched and torn into different shapes, then hand-colored if desired. The creative possibilities are limitless.

Hand-colored photographs are black and white images which are printed on a matte surface photographic paper and then painted with transparent oil paint or photograph markers. The easiest and quickest way to get into hand-coloring is to buy a set of Photo-oils or markers with an adequate supply of colors. The print should be on matte surface paper. There is no need to alter the printing of your negatives unless you wish to have brighter colors, in which case, a slightly lighter print will allow more color to show.

From preparing, mounting and pre-coating the print, to preparing the paint or markers and applying the color to the print, to cleaning up the image, and finally finishing the image will be covered in the Hand-Tinting workshop.

To register or obtain more information on these workshops, call 615-740-5600 and visit the centerís Web site at www.rcenter.org.