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Take a Sunprinting class at the art gallery

August 12, 2011 - August 13, 2011


Put the hot sun to good use at the newest class offering at the Hutchinson Center for the Arts. Sunprinting will be offered for both adults and children in one day classes at the new arts center at 28 Main St. North in downtown Hutchinson. Both kids and adults will have fun creating images using everyday items, specially coated paper, and the sun.

Kids ages 5-15 can do sunprinting Friday, Aug. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. The adults class will be offered Saturday, Aug. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m., or later, if people want to stay and work through the afternoon.

A cyanotype sunprint is a photographic process that is exposed in the sun to create a bright blue image. A sunprint is any image that is created using the ultra-violet light that is emitted from the sun.

Cyanotypes were invented a long time ago. Sir John Hershel developed the process in 1842 using paper coated with ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide. The ammonium citrate carries the light sensitizing properties and the potassium ferrycyanide is what produces the intense blue color. The two are more commonly called, solution A and solution B.

The children’s workshop will utilize pre-treated paper and the photogram technique. Various household objects and items from nature, like leaves, will be used to create images. A large group image will be created after the independent work time. The group image will be hung in the gallery for parents and friends to come in and see.

The adult class includes instruction and demonstration time followed by independent work time. The adults will coat the paper themselves, compose the images and develop the prints. A large group image will also be created in the adult class.

The classes will be taught by Ashley Strazinski of Hutchinson. She is a photography student at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Cost of the classes are $8 for members of the HCA, and $10 for non members. To sign up call the gallery at (320) 587-7278 or email [email protected] with your name, address, phone number, email and if you are signing up for the adult or kids class.

The gallery is open Monday through Thursday 2-6 p.m.; Friday from 2-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call Kathy at the gallery with questions.

If there is no sun available Aug. 12 and 13, the classes will be rescheduled for Aug. 26 and 27, or refunds can be issued.



August 12, 2011
August 13, 2011
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Hutchinson Center for the Arts
28 Main St. North
Hutchinson, 55350
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(320) 587-7278