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Materials Lab Workshop: Making Sun Prints with Plants

Presented by Harvard Art Museums at Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge MA

May 20 2022
Materials Lab Workshop: Making Sun Prints with Plants

Mary Kocol, American, Spring Ephemerals, Anthotype Made from Leaves of Violets, 2021. Anthotype. © Mary Kocol.

Curious about the origins of camera-less photography or photograms? Join us to learn how to make prints from plant materials!

Return to the mystery and serendipity of making photographic prints by hand! Anthotypes, a kind of sun print, are made with sunlight and juices extracted from common flowers, fruits, and vegetables. The plant chemicals (anthocyanins, carotenoids, and flavonoids) produce fascinating natural colors.

The plant-based emulsion is applied to paper, then dried, and contact-printed with an object or positive transparency before being exposed to the sun for days or weeks. Anthotypes (from the Greek,

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$15 materials fee. Registration is required and space is limited. Materials fee must be paid to confirm registration. Please email am_register@harvard.edu or call 617-495-1440 to register. Minimum age of 14; no previous experience is required.

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