Over the past 100 years, Vizcaya has been the setting for countless stories. Join us for an afternoon of creativity, to share and document stories, old and new, real and imagined, using Vizcaya’s setting, collection and archives for inspiration.
Each “Once Upon a Vizcaya” program will feature a different method of storytelling.
*Registration is required and space is limited
Join the horticulture staff for a chance to design your own garden on solar photography paper! This method of botanical sun prints was pioneered by the first female photographer Anna Atkins (1799-1871) and it is her work with cyanotypes that she is best known for.
Objects, in this case leaves and flowers from Vizcaya’s Village, are placed on special paper and then it’s exposed to sunlight and washed in water, which makes the uncovered areas of the paper turning a dark blue. The process, known as blueprinting, was later used to reproduce architectural and engineering drawings, (Vizcaya has many in our archives!) but Atkins chose to use it for what is considered to be the first work with photographic illustrations, namely her Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).
*All supplies included. Registration is required and space is limited
Featured image: Anna Atkins and Anne Dixon, Papaver rhoeas, from a presentation album to Henry Dixon, 1861. Private collection, courtesy Hans P. Kraus, Jr.
Get your hands dirty with family and friends in the Vizcaya Village, once home to Vizcaya’s fruit trees, produce gardens and farm stand. Plant edibles, harvest from Vizcaya’s kitchen garden and cook with a spotlight ingredient. You’ll leave with a full belly! *Registration is required and space is limited
This program takes place in the Vizcaya Village, across the street from the Main House and Gardens.