SchoolArts Magazine

MAY-JUN 2013

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Katherine Butterfield, digital negative. traditional negatives, digital negatives we started with cyanotypes, then I can be used more than once. encouraged students to think of printOnce the digital negative is coming on surfaces other than watercolor pleted, it's time for paper. They created printing. To expose, Digital negatives bridge prints on dictionary all you need is a conthe gap between digital pages, t-shirts, and tact printer. You can handmade paper. and darkroom, allowing also use a piece of After cyanostudents to get the best types, we ventured glass and some UV light. Just place the into platinum/ of both worlds. glass on top of your palladium prints. digital negative to hold it flat against This process is a bit more involved the printing surface and expose it to than cyanotypes as there is a great UV light. The sun or a UV light box deal more precise chemistry involved will work. in coating and developing. It is also a more costly process. Because of exploring Photographic Processes the expense, I offered this process as You may choose to use the finished an after-school workshop. Students digital negatives to print cyanotypes, couldn't get enough. We tried several or you may want to explore other promethods for palladium, but the tradicesses. I did both with my students; tional print worked the best. I continue to experiment with alternative processes, and I love how creating digital negatives allows students to experience alternative photographic processes. Amber Dietz is a visual arts educator who taught at Stoney Creek High School in Rochester, Michigan at the time this lesson was created. She currently teaches at Groves High School in Beverly Hills, Michigan. NaTioNal STaNdard Students apply media, techniques, and processes with sufficient skill, confidence, and sensitivity that their intentions are carried out in their artworks. Web liNkS Negative 31

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