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Polaroid Lift Workshop

  • Cleveland Print Room (map)

In this popular workshop, you will learn the art of making Polaroid transfers and lifts. A Polaroid lift (or emulsion transfer) is when the emulsion layer is removed from a sheet of instant film and then transferred to a different surface. Class participants can take turns with a Polaroid Land camera to turn these photos into effective lifts of their own artwork. We will also be using the Impossible Project Lab so that you can also make transfers using images from your smart phone.

With the Impossible Project Lab, we will be developing real photos from your smartphone screen. By downloading the free Impossible app, you will be able to connect your device to the Instant Lab Universal, so you can make real photos step-by-step. Once your real instant photo is ready, use the App’s built-in scanner to transfer it onto your digital device and have it transfer in physical form to an actual Polaroid photograph!

The Instant Lab Universal works on devices with a high-resolution display (approx. 300 PPI - pixels per inch) that are running Apple iOS 8 and up, or Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and up.

Once we have the images from the Lab or Polaroid camera you will be shown the proper steps to remove your artwork from its film backing and transfer it to a solid surface.

We will have mugs, ornaments, and watercolor paper to use, but please feel free to bring one object/material along if you have something that you would like to personally adhere the lift to.

This is a great opportunity to make unique, handmade gifts for the coming holidays!

The cost of the workshop is $45 for members and $50 for non-members. You will receive four lifts with a $5 cost for each additional transfer.

Register here.