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Cyanotype Printing With Natalie Chanel
About This Program
Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that uses a chemical compound to produce a cyan-blue print. Led by teaching artist and the Gantt Center's Education Director Natalie Chanel, participants will explore this early reproductive form by creating their own unique cyanotype. They will enhance the prints by adding thread, fabrics and various coloring materials. Using photo sensitive (sun) paper, participants will incorporate organic objects to create a visually interesting composition on paper. After placing the compositions in the sun, the class will watch the photo developing process, during which the exposed areas will turn blue and the covered areas will remain white. This experience is for the entire family to enjoy, regardless of experience level.
Please note that this is an in-person experience that will be both inside and outside, and masks are required to be worn at all times for participation. For information on directions and parking, tap/click here.
About The Teaching Artist
Natalie Chanel (@rusticaura) is an artist, small business owner, and the Director of Education at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. She has 10 years of experience working as an art teacher and teaching artist throughout the east coast and the Midwest. She received her BFA from Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Virginia, and her MA from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Chanel has photographed people and cultural traditions in Africa, Europe, Asia, South America, and India. Some of her photographs can be found in three published books: Las Tradicionales Viven! Ñawpa Yachayninchiskunaqa Kawsanmi (2018), Heirs’ Property in the African American Community by Horace A. Jones (cover art, 2013), and about Centering Possibility in Black Education by Chezare A. Warren (in press).