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.
Vizcaya welcomes back New York based Processional Arts Workshop (PAW) for a fourth year! Stay tuned for more details, but get your tickets now – we sell out each year!
The performance will be built in a week-long series of public workshops. These are a hands-on opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to work closely with PAW artists Sophia Michahelles and Alex Kahn. Throughout the week, participants will create lanterns inspired and informed by Vizcaya’s rich history, guided by Michahelles and Kahn on concept and techniques, and collaborate with other participants on all aspects of production. Those who wish will also have the opportunity to perform in the culminating twilight procession.