Spring 2024 Dow Arts Programs

Out of the Blue: Introduction to Cyanotype Techniques
Date: Saturday April 27th, 2024
Time: 10:00-1:00
Instructor: Brianna Farina
Ages: Adult (18+)
Cost: $50 non-member |$45 IAA member |$45 Ipswich Museum member

Cyanotype is a non-toxic, simple, photographic printing process that produces a characteristic blue image when a sensitized surface (paper, fabric, etc.) is exposed to UV light.

In this workshop, you will learn about the history and significance of cyanotype as well as the chemical process involved in making a photogram or contact print. After a brief demonstration, you’ll get to experiment with various techniques to create your own unique prints. All participants will leave with their own series of handmade prints and the skills to create more!

What To Bring:
No experience necessary! Cyanotype is a simple and easy process!
All materials are provided, however, participants are encouraged to bring flat objects with various textures and shapes (lace fabrics, flowers, plants, feathers, etc.). Additionally, we are offering a complimentary digital negative of a photograph of your choice that will allow you to customize your cyanotype during the workshop. Please e-mail the photograph one week in advance. Email address will be provided after registration is complete.

Participants in this workshop will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in a community art show at Ebsco on the weekend of May 4-5. Titled “Out of the Blue” this exhibition is part of a town-wide collaborative project between the Ipswich Art Association and Ipswich Museum.

April Vacation Workshop: Super Sculptors

Date: Tuesday April 16, 2024

Time: 9:30am-12pm

Ages: 6-10

Cost: $25.00

Instructor: Erin Rice

 Description: In this workshop we’ll study the monumental sculptures of art giants like Alexander Calder and Louise Bourgeois. We’ll then set about turning ordinary objects like flat pieces of paper into extraordinary form as standing and hanging sculptures.

April Vacation Workshop: Pour, Drip, Splatter / Paint like an Abstract Expressionist

Date: Wednesday April 17, 2024

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Ages: 6-10

Cost: $25.00

Instructor: Erin Rice


Description: This will be a messy one! We’ll begin by studying the works of famous American Abstract Expressionist painters like Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock and Franz Kline. We’ll discuss their revolutionary ways of applying paint to canvas, then we’ll make our own expressionist style paintings by dripping, drizzling, pouring, splattering, and scraping paint onto our surfaces. Instead of paintbrushes we’ll uses squeegees, pipettes and straws to manipulate pigment. It is sure to be a fun and messy experiment.

April Vacation Workshop: Out of the Blue

Date: April 18, 2024

Time: 9:30am – 12pm

Ages: 6-10

Cost: $25.00 per child

Instructor: Erin Rice

Description: In this workshop we’ll explore the exciting medium of Cyanotype- a photographic printing formulation sensitive to UVA rays that produces stunning images in deep blue hues, also known as a Sun Print! We’ll produce a series of photogram images using pre-treated paper and found objects in nature. Best of all, students enrolled in this workshop will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a community exhibition hosted by the Ipswich Art Association in conjunction with the Ipswich Museum called “Out of the Blue” on the weekend of May 4 and 5 at Ebsco. Don’t miss this one!