Introduction to Cyanotypes¬

handcrafted art


Saturday, April 6, 2024
12:30 PM-3:30 PM
Virginia MOCA


CLASS FULL! Please join waitlist.  

ADULTS (16+)
1 session
Autumn Weiss

Get inspired by the art on view in our galleries, and work with a local artist to create artworks on paper using the cyanotype process.

In this workshop, we’ll harness the power of the sun to create beautiful blueprints using the historical cyanotype process, discovered and developed by Sir John Herschel in 1842. Cyanotype printing is one of the oldest and simplest of all the alternative photographic processes. Together, we’ll create our own unique cyanotype prints using natural materials like leaves, flowers, feathers, and found objects. The possibilities are endless!

We’ll learn about the process and chemistry involved, including how to coat sheets of paper with the required chemistry, drying, arranging objects on the paper, and exposing, with development only requiring water.

No prior skills or understanding of photography are required. It is a fun and fascinating process that produces relatively quick results with work that is finished on the day.

Level: All levels welcome
Saturday, April 6
12:30–3:00 PM
Members $35, Nonmembers $40


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