Blow Up: exploration & discovery – P0714-19

Date: Jul 15 - 19, 2019

Skill Level(s): II to III i

Instructor(s): Casey Reas

Tuition: $1,155
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


This is a workshop for visual exploration and discovery. What can be done in one week with access to a chemical darkroom, digital printers and scanners, software and custom code, and a huge 4K screen? How can students explore and create hybrids with analog photographic technologies and the latest digital tools and platforms? Participants work with early photography techniques like cyanotypes and photograms, test different methods for scanning and capturing the world, explore code to modify and generate images, and test different printing techniques from high-resolution pigment prints to silkscreens. All code is created in Processing (

Media & Techniques:

The aim is to explore and invent new ways of working with media. As a group, students test, experiment and share. Code examples are provided and can be modified slightly or extended heavily depending on each person’s experience level. The end results are different for everyone and may include software, analog photographs or digital prints. Students are strongly encouraged to move between media to develop unique and personal techniques.


This is structured as an open studio. A series of workshops punctuates each day. Students review darkroom techniques for photograms, high-resolution scanning and printing, basic silkscreening and plenty of code to generate and manipulate images.


Casey Reas is an artist and educator. He has a studio in Los Angeles and is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles in the Department of Design Media Arts. With Ben Fry, Casey co-founded Processing in 2001. |

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