Polaroid Transfers (one-day immersive workshop)

Fun, fast, and with a totally unique image quality, instant film is the perfect medium to get experimental with your photography. In this single day session, we’ll explore using a variety of Polaroid cameras to make creative and unexpected images using the new Polaroid Originals film. Then we’ll learn how to cut apart those iconic plastic frames and transfer our images onto art paper for a totally different look, inviting wrinkles, tears, and other surprising artifacts into the photographs. Forgetting about the “rules” of photography, we’ll dive into a sense of playfulness as we get inspired by the multitude of ways that artists have manipulated this medium to create one-of-a-kind imagery.

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 winter term assistance is Wednesday, November 23; Notifications will be sent by Wednesday, December 7.

What you will learn:

  • A brief overview of different cameras and film types in the Polaroid Originals system

  • Creative exposure techniques

  • How to transfer integral film emulsion onto fine art paper and other surfaces

  • Inspiration for future creative exploration using Polaroid cameras and film

Required supplies:

  • Dry hand towel

  • Several small sheets of smooth surfaced (hot press) watercolor or printmaking paper

  • A few clean sable paintbrushes if you have them (think smaller sizes and detail brushes)

  • OPTIONAL: A working Polaroid i-type, SX-70, 600, or Spectra camera. We will be providing cameras for the group to share, but you are welcome to bring your own if you have one.

  • Color or black-and-white Polaroid Originals film for your camera, if you are bringing your own