Spring is here, and warmer weather has been making its way to the prairie lands one day at a time. With better weather and easier travel opportunities upon us all, Thomas Gibson Studio invites you to venture to Lecompton, Kansas — just a few minutes outside of Lawrence — to spend time with us in our 7,200 square-foot natural light studio. This spring, we’ll host an introductory, entry-level seminar for curious artists of all skill levels and interests. “Wetplate 101” introduces you to the history of the Ambrotype photography process. After a brief overview of the history and fundamentals of the process, you’ll then jump right in to preparing your own wet plate image.
As the weather heats up and summer finally arrives, you’ll be able to come back to the studio for two more introductory seminars on classic photography processes. If you miss us in May, join us in June for another overview of the Ambrotype process and a day of hands-on learning and creativity. In July, we’ll work through the Ferrotype/Tintype processes as well.
Each session kicks off with an overview of past, present and future wet plate photographers as well as a lesson in photographic chemistry and suggested inspirational reading lists before each attendee begins exposing a plate and varnishing his or her unique Ambrotype.
Space is limited to five spots per workshop so each attendee can fully experience and connect with everyone, myself included, for a more enriching session of truly hands-on learning.