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Galleries closed through Feb. 4. Historic mansion and Tischer Visitor Center are open.

Discounted admission for guests visiting during this period; advance tickets required for nonmembers.

Carbon Tissue Making and Printing

Wednesday, November 6–Friday, November 8, 2019, All Day, George Eastman Museum

SOLD OUT! Please email workshops@eastman.org to be added to the waiting list.

Tuition: $600 ($560 members), plus $70 materials fee and $15 chemical disposal fee
Workshop for 8 participants

Learn to make your own carbon tissues using pigments available at your local art supply store or online. Unlike silver prints, carbon print images are formed with the same pigments used for centuries in artists’ oil colors. The key to making carbon prints is a sheet of pigmented gelatin called a “tissue.” These can be purchased but are expensive and limited to only a handful of colors.

Instructors Mark Osterman and Nick Brandreth will teach you an easy way to make carbon tissues from scratch using common materials and easy-to-make equipment. After making your tissues, you will expose, develop, and transfer the carbon image onto paper or glass.

The group will view rare original examples of early carbon prints from the museum’s collection. Each participant will receive a work apron and a manual with complete instructions on basic carbon tissue making and printing, including reprinted articles from publications in the museum’s research library.

Audience: Limited to 8 participants, this 3-day workshop is suitable for fine art photographers, curators, students, teachers, and anyone interested in discovering the potential of this process. No experience necessary.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop 30 days before the session’s start date will result in a full refund minus a $100 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made fewer than 30 days before the workshop start date. If the workshop is canceled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire tuition will be fully refunded. The George Eastman Museum is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees.

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. The workshop is held at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY. Directions can be found here here.

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop; participants must make their own arrangements.

  • The Strathallen is a 15-minute walk from the museum. Visit strathallan.com to make a reservation. 
  • The Hilton Garden Inn Rochester Downtown is a 30-minute walk from the museum, and only an 8 minute drive. Visit their website to make a reservation. 

The museum may take images, still or video, during the workshop and use them for educational and promotional purposes.