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Tuition: $1,600 ($1,500 members), plus $200 materials fee
Workshop for 6 participants
Back by Popular Demand! Last offered four years ago, this workshop was inspired by the canal excursions held by select members of the Philadelphia Photograph Exchange Club back in the 1870s. We’ll pilot a 42-foot canal boat through step locks on the Erie Canal and tie up along the banks to take full-plate [6 ½ × 8 ½″] tintypes of the local scenery.
No experience is necessary for this enjoyable trip that includes learning the 1850s technique of tintype making, gliding along the canal with banjo and guitar accompaniment and lodging in a small canal town along the way. The group will also see historic tintype-related equipment and vintage tintypes in the collections at the Eastman Museum.
Monday: Learn the basics of tintype technique at the George Eastman Museum. Participants are required to reserve their own Lodging in Rochester on Monday night.
Tuesday: Board the canal boat in Macedon, New York and begin making tintypes at the first venue along the canal. Dinner in Newark, New York. Includes lodging at Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast, Newark, New York.
Wednesday: Board the boat and continue making tintypes at selected venues. Dinner in Newark, New York. Includes lodging at Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast, Newark, NY.
Thursday: Board the boat and continue to make tintypes at venues as we navigate back to Macedon. Drive back to Rochester. Participants are required to reserve their own Lodging in Rochester on Thursday night.
Friday: Varnish tintypes, make envelopes, view historic equipment and vintage tintypes in the Eastman Museum collection.
Each participant will receive a copy of the updated Scully & Osterman basic collodion manual, which includes all formulas, instruction, and sources of supply. All lunches during the canal trip are included. Breakfasts at the bed and breakfast are included. Please let us know two weeks before the workshop if you have dietary restrictions. If you play an instrument, please bring it along.
Audience: Limited to six, this is outdoor workshop involves occasional climbing and rough terrain. Be sure you are able to move freely in this environment. This is a wonderful experience for people who want to combine a vacation, history, photography, and being in natural surroundings. No prior photography experience necessary.
Important Cancellation Policy: Due to the canal boat rental and reservation of the entire bed and breakfast, this workshop will only run with 100% registration capacity (six people). Additionally, there will be no refund due to participant cancellation unless the vacancy can be filled prior to the workshop. We urge those interested in this workshop to be sure they will be able to attend before registering.
Location and Scheduling: The workshop begins and ends at the George Eastman Museum, 900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY, and Letchworth State Park, Castile, NY. Directions to the museum can be found here.
Lodging for Monday and Thursday: Lodging for Monday and Thursday nights in Rochester is not included in the workshop tuition.
The host hotel for workshops held at the George Eastman Museum is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, eastaveinn.com. This hotel is about a fifteen-minute walk from the museum. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Room rates begin at $109 per night. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at the George Eastman Museum to get this special rate.
Lodging for Tuesday and Wednesday: Lodging for Tuesday and Wednesday is included in the registration fee. The group will be staying at the Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast in Newark, New York, on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. See their website for more information, vintagegardensbedandbreakfast.com.
During the workshop, the museum may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes.