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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Good Enough Documentation w/ Elise Dawson

21 January, 2023 from 12–4 PM

$20 MEMBERS / $30 (NON-MEMBERS, includes membership)

Register here for the workshop!

Good documentation is the finest long-term investment you can make in your art practice. While having excellent images of your work is great, getting a professional photographer to your studio is not always feasible, especially if you are on a tight budget or have a tighter deadline. This session was designed with both of these factors in mind. You’ll learn how to capture quick pics for a speedy turnaround, as well as fundamental facts regarding digital photographs. We will examine the optimization of images captured with smartphones, point-and-shoot cameras, and consumer-grade DSLRs, as well as low-cost equipment alternatives for creating your own setup. The fundamentals of archiving and alternate forms of documentation will also be covered. Together, we will abandon greatness in favour of more attainable goals!

Please bring a writing tool and notebook for taking notes as well as your laptop, smartphone and/or camera(s) if you’d like to play along.

Elise Dawson is an artist who documents artworks. They graduated from the School of Fine Art at the University of Manitoba in 2012. Since graduating, Dawson has been employed within the film industry and commercial art galleries in Winnipeg and Toronto. They were a recipient of PLATFORM’s Photography Award in 2021.

2022

SOLARGRAPHY

30 October + 22 April

PLATFORM and MAWA partnered to co-present a two part Solargraphy workshop led by Brenda Stuart (MB). This workshop was split into two sessions to allow the pinhole cameras to expose over the winter. The results of the pinhole cameras will then be on view at MAWA, in an exhibition, from April 28 (to coincide with world pinhole day on April 30) to May 26, 2023.

POLARIOD PLAY
5 June
PLATFORM and La Maison des artistes partnered to co-present POLAROID PLAY, a workshop led by Annie France Noël (NB). This workshop explored experimental approaches to working with polaroid film including lift techniques, bleaching and alternative printing. 

Seedling Giveaway
14 May
A Seedling giveaway facilitated by Katherine Boyer, with an excerpt from Robin Wall Kimerer’s Braiding Sweetgrass to discuss in conjunction with How the Sky Carries the Sun.

Studio Visits
6 April
PLATFORM and the School of Art teamed up to offer photo and media based artists one-on-one online studio visits with the School of Art Gallery’s Visiting Curators: Grace Deveney (Chicago, IL), Shalaka Jadhav (ON & YT), and Lillian O’Brien Davis (ON).

Orwell’s Roses Reading Group 
09 February

A virtual reading group in conjunction with Karen Kraven’s commissioned exhibition Hoist, facilitated by the artist.

2021

Studio Visits
06 November  
Online virtual Studio Visits with Adrienne Huard (MB), Erika DeFreitas (ON) and Layne Hinton (ON).

Anthotypes at Home
10 & 24 June  
A two part virtual anthotype workshop that explored the eco-friendly plant-based process using tumeric and plants from in and around the home.

Studio Visits
16 June  
Online virtual Studio Visits with Blair Fornwald (MB), Eileen Rae Walsh (UK) and Laurie Kang (ON).

Artist Statement Writing Workshop 2.0
20 May  
Luther Konadu led a virtual workshop to help participants develop and evolve their existing artist statements.

Studio Visits
10 February  
Online virtual Studio Visits with Eli Hirtle (BC), Nasrin Himada (MB) and Penelope Smart (ON).

Virtual Cyanotype Workshop
06 February

Another virtual cyanotype workshop! We will be taking you through the basic cyanotype process, printing on experimental materials such as plywood, canvas and more – experimentation is encouraged.

2020

Virtual Cyanotype Workshop
05 December

A virtual cyanotype workshop! We will be taking you through the basic cyanotype process, printing on experimental materials such as plywood, canvas and more – experimentation is encouraged.

Outdoor Drop In Cyanotype Workshop
26 September

An afternoon of creating Cyanotypes in Old Market Square.

Studio Visits
25 September 

Online virtual Studio Visits with Amy Ash (NB), Lori Blondeau (MB) and Crystal Mowry (ON).

Studio Visits
30 June 

Online virtual Studio Visits with Raymond Boisjoly (BC), Rose Bouthillier (SK) and Alyssa Fearon (MB).

Studio Visits
10 May

Online virtual Studio Visits with Felicia Gay (SK), Kegan McFadden (BC) and Jennifer Smith (MB).

2019

Exploratory Film Processing Workshop
25 May

A film processing workshop that embraced two fun and exploratory approaches to image making—Caffenol film processing and colour film processing.

Darkroom Essentials Workshop
4-5 May

Black-and-white photographic darkroom printing: developing film, printing contact sheets and printing images.

Darkroom Essentials Workshop
23-24 February

Black-and-white photographic darkroom printing: developing film, printing contact sheets and printing images.

2018

A Workshop with Bridget Moser
24 May

Bridget Moser lead a workshop covering the artistic potential of movement, speech, writing and performing. These different skills were examined though exercises enabling the participants to mine subconscious ideas for creation (automatic writing, continuous improvised speech and movement, etc).

Darkroom Essentials Workshop
24-25 February

Brought participants up to speed on the basics of black-and-white photographic darkroom printing over two days, covering: developing film, printing contact sheets and printing images.

2017

GIF Making Workshop with Jeremy Pavka
27 May

This workshop taught the basics of GIF (Graphics Interchange Format) making. First exploring the history of the still life including the GIF, participants left with the know how of GIF creation. Using ideas of simple stop-motion animation, instructor Jeremy Pavka demonstrated how to use still life photographs to create animated representations.

Experimental Darkroom Workshop
29/30 APRIL

Participants learned the basics of three camera-less printing methods: photograms, cyanotypes, and Van Dykes.

2016

Artist Book Workshop
10 December

Highlighting the indefinability that defines artist books, Letch Kinloch worked with participants to explore ideas about what makes an artist book an artist book, and encouraged the creation of new titles.

Darkroom Essentials Workshop
26–27 November

Brought participants up to speed on the basics of black-and-white photographic darkroom printing over two days, covering: developing film, printing contact sheets and printing images.