Cyanotype Workshop

Drawing with Light: The Blue Print Cyanotype Workshop

Join the Gadsden Museum of Art in welcoming Tuscaloosa artist Sarah Ann Austin in her hands-on cyanotype workshop, an excellent way to learn the traditional approach to one of the first photographic printmaking processes.

July 9, 2016
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snacks provided; bring lunch.


Austin’s cyanotype process uses traditional techniques and chemicals designed to create unique, one of a kind, handcrafted prints dating back to the invention in 1842 by Sir Jon Herschel. The workshop will introduce some basic photo/printmaking techniques as well as advanced methods for further exploration on paper and Fabric. We will cover how to create the chemical solutions and start printing. Students will walk away with a number of paper prints and fabric prints along with the knowledge to continue to print in their own studios and homes.

Cyanotype chemistry and a limited supply of paper are included. You will be asked to bring objects from your home, flowers from your garden, fabric you may want to print on or make a print with, found objects that are approximately the size of a 5×7 image or slightly larger. NOTE: Your objects will not be ruined or damaged in the printing process unless you decide to print on your fabric!

Additional specialty handmade cotton and native fiber papers will be available for purchase from Sarah Ann’s own handmade paper collection for $5 per sheet.

This is an all ages all levels workshop; participants are expected to have no prior knowledge of the photographic process only a certain amount of enthusiasm for image making! Enrollment is limited to ensure one-on-one attention.

Shelby County Camera Club: Our Best & Favorites

Rainy Day in Florence

A collection of work from the Shelby County Camera Club will be on display in the second floor gallery May 17 through June 24, 2016. The exhibit features artist selections of the best and/or favorite images from their portfolios. Write-ups accompany each image to give the viewer a glimpse into the creative process used or the artistic vision.

Opening reception: First Friday June 3, 6 to 8 p.m.


Victorian Fairy Garden


Create a Victorian Fairy Garden during First Friday on June 3 at the GMA from 5 to 7 p.m. FLD Garden Shop will teach the class.

This class is for all skill levels, so if you’re new to fairy gardening, we’ll help you get started from scratch. If you already have a fairy garden and you’d like to develop it further, bring it along and we’ll help you change and grow it in creative new ways.

Fairy gardening is a hobby that dates back hundreds of years, but it has recently been experiencing a surge of popularity as a fun way to build elaborate gardens on a small scale. Adults and children alike are getting swept up in the whimsical, imaginative art of building tiny habitats to accommodate their playful, mischievous fairy friends.

There is a $15 Registration Fee which covers soil, moss, and glass beads. Class limit is 15 people. Bring your own container or pick from FLD’s selection. You will also pick out your fairy accessories and plant(s) to create your own price point.

Register online or call FLD at 256-442-1060. Space is limited!