Chemigram Workshop with Heather Oelklaus
Saturday, December 6th – 9am-1pm
Scott Edwards Photography Studio & Gallery
Workshop Fee: $125
Limited to 15 students | Register here
Chemigrams with Heather Oelklaus
Embrace your playful side and experiment with a fun camera-less image making technique. Using uncomplicated materials and basic darkroom chemistry, students will create one-of-a-kind silver gelatin chemigrams. This photographic process is akin to painting and traditional printmaking etching techniques. Chemigrams are created in full light, without a camera, employing various resists to control the development of light sensitive paper. Artists working in all mediums may benefit from discovering this hands-on method of abstract photography.
No previous darkroom experience is required, and all materials are included in the price of the workshop. Participants will leave with a stack of unique prints and a deeper understanding of camera-less photography.
About Heather Oelklaus
Heather Oelklaus (b.1972, LeGrand, Iowa) is the Print Workshop Supervisor at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Her photographic practice has one foot in the darkroom and the other in alternative processes. Heather utilizes historic techniques such as Daguerreotype, wet plate collodion, instant film, cyanotype, salt prints, pinhole photography, mordancage, lumen, and chemigram. Experimentation within these processes is a foundation for her work, and tongue in cheek humor is a common thread throughout her art.
In 1991, Heather attended the Kansas City Art Institute where she majored in sculpture. She moved to Colorado Springs in 1997 with her husband, Jeffrey Oelklaus. Heather recently exhibited her abstract and experimental photography in a solo show, “One of a Kind,” at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. On weekends, when the light is right, she can be found shooting photographs with “Little Miss Sunshine,” her 14-foot pinhole camera truck.