Cyanotypes: Sun Printing Workshop!¬

Cyanotype printing process. Leaves a spread out over a blue piece of fabric on the grass in sunlight.

Photo courtesy of Autumn Weiss


Saturday, May 11, 2024
12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Virginia MOCA


1 Session
Instructor: Autumn Weiss

Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create cyanotype artworks with your loved ones!

In this workshop, we’ll use light from the sun to create blue and white images inspired by nature. Together, we’ll start by arranging natural materials like leaves, flowers, feathers, and found objects on light-sensitive paper to create a composition. Then, we’ll expose our artworks to sunlight, remove the objects, and watch the image magically transform in a water bath.

Cyanotype is one of the oldest photographic processes used by architects, botanists, and artists alike. Let’s connect with nature through the transformative power of the sun!

This family workshop encourages the creative exploration of materials and is open to school-age children and their accompanying adult. All participants (adults and children) must register.

Level: All levels welcome
Saturday, May 11
12:30–2:30 PM
Members $30, Nonmembers $35


Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature's Underworld

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld unites over 30 sculptures and paintings by two renowned artists who have explored humanity’s strained relationship with the environment for over 30 years. Both Dion and Rockman have achieved international prominence for their own distinctive practices. They conduct intensive research, using allegory, dark humor, and popular culture to convey their message. Each subverts the authority and objectivity of museums of art and natural history. They ground their studio practice in science and close observation but present it as theater.

The title, “Journey to Nature’s Underworld,” holds various meanings, including mythic abodes, archaeology, Earth’s subsurface, and unconscious beliefs about nature. Dion and Rockman reflect on our culture’s harmful course, balancing the wonder and woe of nature’s condition.

Mark Dion and Alexis Rockman: Journey to Nature’s Underworld was curated by Suzanne Ramljak Chief Curator of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park and organized by the American Federation of Arts.

February 9, 2024-June 9, 2024