Darkroom: The Art of the Fine Print

The Art of the Fine Print is about having fun while expanding your knowledge of darkroom basics in a very collegial environment. You will deepen your technical and artistic skills, explore new techniques, and harness your negative’s character to produce some very fine silver prints. You will also learn precise methods of exposure and development to produce much richer negatives.

As Ansel Adams wrote,”the negative is the score, and the print is the performance.”

Every night consists of open darkroom printing under the one-on-one guidance of instructor Rick Wright. Rick treats every student equally and endeavors to help them improve their vision, their expression, and their print quality. Short discussions by fellow students help everyone in the learning process. This class is for those already comfortable with the basics of darkroom printing. We have a lot of fun!

Please note that this classroom is accessible by stairs only; please contact Fleisher for more information.

Special Notes

This is an in-person class which will take place onsite at Fleisher. Please review our COVID-19 community safety policies for current guidelines.

Tuition Assistance is Available

To make our classes and workshops accessible to everyone, Fleisher offers tuition assistance every term so that everyone can join our creative community. Tuition assistance applications can be completed once registration is open by clicking here. The deadline to apply for spring term assistance is Friday, March 10; Notifications will be sent by Monday, March 13.

What will you learn:

  • Mastery and understanding of the language and values in a black & white print

  • Mastery utilizing: contrast choices, split filtering, selective burning & dodging

  • Greater precision with film exposure in-camera for richer, fuller-tone negatives

  • Knowledge of aesthetics, composition, personal expression, and style

Required supplies:

  • Negatives (35mm, 120mm, or 4×5 inches)

  • Multi-grade (fiber or RC) paper ready to print

  • Dry hand towel