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Lumen Printing Workshop w/ artist Shaina Gates

September 17, 2023

Lumen Printing Workshop w/ Artist Shaina Gates
Sunday, September 17
10am - 3pm (with a lunch break)
Location: Gallery at 3S
Ages 16+
$45 Member / $50 Non-Members
Materials Fee: $75


Learn how to create lumen prints on silver gelatin paper guided by exhibiting artist, Shaina Gates.

This experimental photographic technique produces unexpectedly colorful images using only silver gelatin paper (i.e. black and white photographic paper), the sun, and salt.

Shaina will share a variety of techniques for making lumen prints, including the use of photographic sources, found objects, and painterly manipulations. This medium allows for a range of approaches—from expressive and gestural, to methodical and precise.

No prior artistic or photographic experience necessary.

Students will leave with the knowledge and basic supplies to continue making lumen prints on their own, using indoor or outdoor work-spaces.


The $75 materials fee for each participant covers:

  • 25 sheets of photographic paper
  • photo sleeves for archival storage of prints
  • acrylic contact printer + clamps
  • rubber gloves
  • shared group supplies + equipment

Students should bring:

  • Materials for printing: plants, fruit, vegetables, flat materials (fabrics, colored paper, printed text/images), small objects, colorful transparent or translucent items, B&W negatives...or anything else!
  • Apron/smock
  • Scissors
  • Ballpoint pen (for writing on the back of prints)


About artist Shaina Gates:
Shaina Gates earned an MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, an MAT in Art Education in 2008, and a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Using various alternative and experimental photographic processes, her work combines geometric folding theorems with the alchemical nature of photosensitive materials to produce sculptural photograms and prints on film and paper. Shaina’s work was included in the CMCA Biennial in 2023, as well as the New England Triennial in 2022. Her work has been exhibited throughout New England, along with shows in New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. She has recently been awarded the Piscataqua Region Artist Advancement Grant for 2023. Shaina teaches in the Fine Art Department at the University of New Hampshire, and lives and works in Kittery, Maine.

Generously supported by our Summer Season Sponsor: Beswick Engineering.

Thank you to our year-round Lead Sponsors: AC Hotel Portsmouth, MacEdge, and Raka.


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