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  • 2018 Summer Arts - Clay Harmon

    19th Century Printing with 21st Century cameras – Shoot and Print!

    June 15 - June 16, 2018

    Medium: Photography - Platinum/palladium printing
    Level:  All Levels
     $325  - price includes tuition & healthy, catered lunches each day

    (on campus housing available - see below)

    Platinum/palladium printing is an historic photographic process which represented the sine qua non  - a thing that is absolutely necessary
    of photographic printing practice at the end of the 19th Century and the beginning of the 20th century. It was considered to be one of the most elegant of the sharper photo-realistic processes available at the time. The process was invented to create a monochrome printing process that involved only chemically inert image forming metals not subject to degradation due to time and atmospheric pollutants.

    The same print qualities that attracted the members of the early 20th Century Photo-Secessionists can still be created today with digitally sourced imagery. In this class, you will use modern technology to capture your images in the morning – or use images you already have – and then print them in the afternoon using palladium chemistry, watercolor paper and digital negatives. 

    In this workshop you will learn to:

  • Create digital images that will look good as monochrome prints
  • Use Photoshop to edit the images prior to printing
  • Print digital negatives of your images
  • Mix the light-sensitive chemicals to coat your paper
  • Expose and process the paper to create archival, sound monochrome print
    For this two day workshop, you will need to have access to some sort of digital camera – even a camera phone will work fine – and ideally some previously acquired images that are available digitally.  A scanner will be available for those wanting to make images from collage/assemblage arrangements. A laptop computer is nice, but not absolutely necessary. All equipment and materials will be provided to allow you to print approximately 12,  8x10 images on 11x14 sheets of paper. 

    Ever since Clay Harmon  first viewed a platinum print, he has been creating his art in platinum/palladium and a host of other 19th century photographic print processes such as gum bichromate, cyanotype, and van dyke brown. Somewhere along this fifteen-year journey, he began getting ink under his fingernails and dove headfirst into mastering the photogravure process.

    While never one to walk away from taking a pretty landscape picture in the northern latitudes, his favorite subject matter is the quirky world of parking garages, nighttime urban scenes and freeway overpasses, with the occasional statue’s butt, cathedral interior and offbeat portrait thrown in the mix.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge and has taught alternative process workshops for the Houston Center for Photography, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Kalamazoo Institute of Art, and Project Basho in Philadelphia.

    He is represented by the DeSantos Gallery in Houston, Texas, and has exhibited work at Fotofest in Houston, Rayko Gallery in San Francisco, Houston Center for Photography, and the Clear Lake Arts Alliance. His work is in the permanent collection at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and in private collections in the Americas, Europe and the Far East. 

    Student Supply List - Students need only to bring a printing apron and digital photo files!

    Refund Policies:
    Summer Workshops
    • A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled or already full at the time of registration.
    • An email or letter cancellation is required for withdrawals. Students who withdraw before April 30 receive a refund of the workshop deposit less a 25% registration & processing fee. Any housing and meal deposits will be refunded in full.
    • If a cancellation is made after April 30, the deposit is forfeited, but a credit for the amount may be applied to another workshop that same calendar year. You may also transfer your deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. (There are some workshops that may have earlier cut off dates due to demand - this will be noted in your confirmation email.
    • Students who withdraw after May 1 even if workshop was paid in full, receive  no refund  but can transfer to another workshop during the calendar year or transfer their deposit to a friend or family member for that same calendar year or make a  tax deductible donation  to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. 
    • If you are flying, we strongly recommend purchasing trip cancellation insurance from your travel agent in the event an unforeseen medical emergency.

    *Double rooms are available, please contact us at


    We, at CMA, have been working with a new system Acuity Scheduling to provide  better enrollment services for you, our customer. You will see when registering how easy and seamless this is. The old system of enrolling and paying is still visible below, but not functional. 
    Please pardon our transition as we re-construct! The below will be removed very soon to eliminate confusion.

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