2024 Festival

Creative Barracks Art Studio

Cyanotype Solar Printing

Explore the historical art of blueprinting! Using cyanotype chemistry and the power of the sun, participants will learn how to create unique photogram solar prints to take home.

Event Description

Solar printing with cyanotype chemistry, or blue-printing, involves hands-on manipulation of chemistry coated paper to create images in a rich blue hue. Allowing participants to experiment with different objects, arrangements, and compositions to create unique visual results through scientific art exploration first invented in the 1840s.
Explore and choose from a variety of objects, arrange them on a piece of chemistry-coated paper and expose to the sun. After 15m, the sun will have bleached out areas of the paper not hidden by the objects chosen. A quick bath with stop the exposure and rinse away chemistry, leaving an interesting blue image to take home with you.

About the Artists

Creative Barracks Art Studio is a multi-disciplinary educational arts studio and community space, owned and operated by Lacie Williamson in Dunnville, Ontario. The studio offers after school programming, workshops and private event entertainment centred around creativity.

Williamson has worked as a full-time artist and educator for more than a decade, with a significant amount of that time spent in St. Catharines and Niagara region. Williamson was nominated as St. Catharines Emerging Artist of the Year in 2017 and in the same year, opened her own studio in her home town. Williamson and her studio won Haldimand County´s Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2019, and continues to garner attention for their community outreach and creative projects. Williamson´s vision for her studio and staff team are to create safer inclusive space for creation, expression and socialization for people of all ages and abilities.

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Saturday June 15
1 PM – 4 PM

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