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

Materials Lab Workshop: Making Sun Prints with Plants


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 workshop will be led by artist Mary Kocol, a fine arts photographer at the Harvard Art Museums. It is inspired by White Shadows: Anneliese Hager and the Camera-less Photograph, the first exhibition to focus on the role of women makers in the history of the photogram. We will be joined in the galleries by Lynette Roth, the Daimler Curator of the Busch-Reisinger Museum, for an introduction to the exhibition and a closer look at some of Anneliese Hager’s works, as well as a variety of light-based works by the artist’s predecessors and contemporaries. The hands-on session will then take place in the Materials Lab on the Lower Level.

$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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Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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