Learn Cyanotype Process and How To Use A Flatbed Scanner In Special Photography Workshops

If you want to learn something new and create amazing pieces of art these Photography Workshops are for you!  They will give you a taste of what you can make without a lot of technical knowledge or art background.  Louise Noakes and Joanne Urban, award winning and well respected photography artists, will lead 2-Day workshops being offered in November and repeated in January.  The Rickie Report shares the details and some images of their works.  What a great gift idea!  Located in South Florida, these workshops are perfect for a winter getaway. Enjoy some sunshine while learning something new. All workshops are limited to 8 students. The Studio is located in the new Urban ArtsLofts in Lake Worth Florida.





1201 Lucerne Avenue     Lake Worth, FL 33460



2   Day   Workshops

If you want to learn something new and create amazing pieces of art these classes are for you. They will give you a taste of what you can make without a lot of technical knowledge or art background.  Located in South Florida, these workshops are perfect for a winter getaway. Enjoy some sunshine while learning something new. All workshops are limited to 8 students. Studio is located in the new Urban ArtsLofts in Lake Worth Florida.


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Cyanotype by Louise Noakes







“19th Century Cyanotypes”

Louise Noakes

Saturdays November 19 & 26, 2016

Wed & Thurs. January 11 & 12, 2017

$140 all supplies included
Maximum 8 students



Cyanotype by Louise Noakes



About the workshop:


The cyanotype process, also known as the blueprint process, was one of the early methods used to make photographic images. It was invented in 1842 by astronomer John Herschel.  It’s a great process for the beginners that want to learn about an easy and rewarding alternative process. We will start by learning how to make a photograms onto sensitized paper in the sun. This will teach you the basic process, mixing the chemicals, coating your paper, exposures, developing your print. We will then learn how to make a negative from one of your photographs. The second day we will make a 24”x30” print onto handmade paper. Students will be amazed at the work they create in this workshop.





Cyanotype by Louise Noakes



About the artist:



Louise Noakes started taking photographs at the age of 19. She graduated from The Center for Creative Studies College of Art and Design in Detroit with a major in photography and a minor in fiber arts. Working in many facets of photography has made for an interesting career for her. Starting while still in college she worked in Medical photography in Detroit. In 1982 moved to Washington DC to work as a photo journalist for States News Service. In 2002 she started shooting in digital and soon got into experimenting, printing on different substrates and mixed media. Winning many awards for her work, she has had showings in many galleries nation wide. Currently she pursues fine art photography and lives in Lake Worth, Florida in one of the artist lofts. She is the founder of Imagemakers.




“Barnacle” by Joanne Urban





“Flatbed Scanner as Camera”

Joanne Urban

Saturdays November 5 & 12, 2016
Wed & Thurs Feb 20 & 21, 2017




About the workshop:

Using the scanner as a camera, we will scan 3D objects such as flowers, shells, fruits, vegetables, toys, and any number of found objects. The flat bed scanner technique is a challenge as it is your studio, your camera, your light source, all in one. The scanner can generate extremely high resolution images capturing incredible detail.




“Yellow Tulip” by Joanne Urban

You will learn the unique qualities of making photographic still life images utilizing the flat-bed scanner. You will learn how to use the scanner software, arrange your elements, proper exposure and proper file sizing. Using the same enhancements you would use with images from your digital cameras, the scanned image will be imported into Photoshop (all skill levels welcome) for final editing and output. I will assist you with post-processing techniques.




Some materials for scanning will be provided. You will go home with an 8×10 photographic image, or two, of your still life creation. Please bring in any objects you would like to try and scan, be willing to share, and let your imagination run wild.  Must bring a lap top with Photoshop installed (any version) and a flash drive.



“Snake” by Joanne Urban



About the artist:

Joanne Urban has over 25 years of experience as a photographer, master printer, instructor, mentor and private tutor. She has transitioned her extensive knowledge and expertise from film and the traditional wet darkroom, including such alternative processes as platinum and cyanotype, into today’s digital world. She creates in-camera images with assorted digital cameras and camera-less images with a flat-bed scanner.



Her award winning photography has had national and international recognition. Among the numerous publications, Joanne is a featured scanner artist in the books Advanced Imaging and The Magic Of Digital Close-up Photography.  Joanne lives in Delray Beach, Florida where in addition to producing her own award winning work, she offers services such as custom printing, and photographic retouch and restoration. She also teaches, Photoshop for photographers, and how to create master photographic prints.


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Susan Oakes’ Photography: From Traditional Media to Bitmaps and Vectors

Susan Oakes recently took an award at the Photography exhibit at A Unique Art Gallery in Jupiter and is one of the artists at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre’s 18th Annual Member’s Juried Exhibition.  The Opening Reception is on June 11th.  In addition, Susan’s work will be displayed and selling at Palm Beach Home Interiors in Lake Worth.  The Rickie Report urges you to stop by and see her artistry. Susan also explains bitmap images, digital painting and vector graphics as we believe an educated art lover becomes an informed art patron.



 Susan Oakes’


Digital Artistry




Palm Beach Home Interiors

716 Lake Avenue  Lake Worth, FL


Begins June 2nd



Palm Beach Photographic Centre 

415 Clematis Street  W.Palm Beach, FL

June 12 – August 2, 2014

Opening Reception:

Wednesday, June 11 – 6 to 8 pm




Susan Oakes’ photography recently took an award and cash prize at the Artists Association of Jupiter at A Unique Art Gallery.  Her wonder filled work can be seen at Palm Beach Home Interiors, Lake Avenue in Lake Worth beginning June 2nd as well as  at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre for their 18th Annual Member’s Show.  The Opening Reception takes place on Wednesday, June 11th from 6- 8 pm.  The Centre is located at 415 Clematis Street in West Palm Beach.  The exhibit is free and open to the public.



Blush Sea Grape

“Blush Sea Grape” by Susan Oakes



This year’s MEMBERS’ SHOW is being judged by internationally renowned photographer Vincent Versace, a pioneer in the art and science of digital photography. Hailed by Nikon as “one of the top photography artists and visual storytellers in the world,” Versace is a recipient of the Computerworld Smithsonian Award in Media Arts & Entertainment and the Shellenberg fine art award, and his work is part of the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum of American History.



"Twisted Hibiscus" by Susan Oakes

“Twisted Hibiscus” by Susan Oakes

Also on exhibition at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre will be PICTURE MY WORLD, which has served disadvantaged children throughout the Palm Beaches since 1997. Program funding is provided through a Lost Tree Foundation grant and the generosity of private donors.  Admission is FREE for both exhibitions.   The Photo Centre is located at the downtown City Center municipal complex at 415 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, please call 561.253.2600 or visit www.workshop.org or www.fotofusion.org.



Susan Oakes

Susan Oakes



Bitmap Images vs. Vector Graphics



Susan explains, “Bitmap Images- also known as raster or pixel based images, are based on a grid of colors known as pixels. You edit groups of pixels rather than objects or shapes. They represent subtle gradations of shade and color, they are appropriate for continuous tone images such as photographs or artwork created in painting programs”.


"Bird of Paradise"  by Susan Oakes

“Bird of Paradise” by Susan Oakes

“The disadvantage, Susan shares, is they contain a fixed number of pixels and can lose detail and quality when scaled up. If you’ve ever downloaded an image from the internet (low resolution) and then tried to print it (high resolution) only to discover that it looks awful, you demonstrated this fact”.



"Hibiscus" by Susan Oakes

“Hibiscus” by Susan Oakes


“Vector graphics are made of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors.They retain their crispness if they are moved or resized. They are appropriate for illustrations, type, and graphics such as logos which must be scaled to different sizes. So a logo designed for a business card can be enlarged to display on a store front or billboard without any loss of quality whatsoever. If this is tried with raster or bitmapped images they become blurry or pixelated and fall apart”, Susan shares.


Meeting Susan


TRR:  Tell us about your background



I am a well fed ‘starving’ artist. I tend to inhabit a nether world between digital painting, photography and illustration. Although I have a background in traditional media (anything which uses hands, artist tools, and pigments, without the aid of computer hardware and software), I now work mostly in digital media, although I regularly get the yearning to get my hands back into charcoal, paint, clay, etc. There is an tactile immediacy about traditional media which is removed in the digital world, but on the other side of the coin, the digital world presents tools, methods and capabilities which are impossible in traditional media. There are, however, many commonalities, including basic composition, form, color theory, etc. which are fundamental to both. I prefer to dwell on these commonalities rather than the differences…..



"Spread My Wings", A Digital Doodle by Susan Oakes

“Spread My Wings”, A Digital Doodle by Susan Oakes

TRR:  How do you explain the complexities of your work?



I find that many people don’t really understand what they are looking at when viewing my work. Recently at one of my exhibits, one of the gallery owners looked at my piece and said to me, “It looks like you ran a few filters.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. There is nothing “automatic” or “mechanized” about my art. The kiss of death is usually when I admit to doing “computer art”, “digital imaging” or <gasp> “Photoshop”.




Now I know Photoshop has gotten a bad rap lately, what with women’s bodies “Photoshopped” into ideals of impossible-to-obtain “beauty” fueled by the beauty/fashion and Hollywood worlds. I am a Photoshop teacher, and although I demonstrate how to do these questionable things, I always implore my students to retouch responsibly. Just because you can do something does not necessarily mean you should do it. I teach not just the What and How, but the Why.


TRR:  So, many people assume that because your artwork has a computer component, it is less valued?




Just because I’ve used computer hardware and software to create or enhance an image doesn’t mean that I pushed a few buttons and I was done. On the contrary this is a double edged sword. When working in traditional media, say oils, and you change your mind too many times (depending upon the pigments used) you will make mud on the canvas. In watercolor, you may wear a hole in the paper. But working digitally, you can undo and redo countless times, even start over and ….. eventually ….. you grow old and die! I find that I must discipline myself to recognize when I’ve learned as much as I will learn from a piece and that it is time to finish and move on!


"Regeneration" by Susan Oakes

“Regeneration” by Susan Oakes

 Note: This was included in Art Ascent Magazine June, 2013: Link is here:    http://artascent.com/emergence-winners-june-2013/



My photography starts out with a digital image which is then enhanced with software. This may entail special effects, yes, but it is applied by hand with a graphics tablet, so I am simulating the action of drawing or painting with the stylus. When I say “digital painting” I mean it. I use one stroke at a time in many instances to build up the effect I want. A typical photo will include many layers upon layers with different effects which interact with each other to create different looks.



My vector illustrations many times will start with a base photo I’ve taken, but when I’m done the photo is not visible at all. Vector illustrations, by their nature, have a crispness, a clarity which is not typical of pixel-based images.


"Aqua Vista" by Susan Oakes

“Aqua Vista” by Susan Oakes


Another area I love to explore is photo collage, of which I have provided a few samples. The large one, “Aqua Vista” is a composite of thirteen different photos essentially melded into one composition. Here, I look for how the individual images relate to each other and then use the tools and methods in Photoshop to create the composite. Again, they contain a multitude of layers and effects, not unlike a multi media piece. Often times when I take photos it is not to use them as stand alone images, but as part of a composite.


"Palm Boot Leaf" by Susan Oakes

“Palm Boot Leaf” by Susan Oakes


Digital Photo Painting: My latest exploration is with vegetation which is past its prime. (Sounds better than dead leaves.) I am seeking to reveal the structure and intricate detail of these specimens when they have started to wane. I see a beauty in this phase which is the opposite of the start of the life cycle. Many times I am astonished at the detail which is captured in the file, but is not evident until I tease it out with the methods I use.



Susan’s website is filled with information as well as her many pieces of art work.  In addition, she offers classes and workshops. 




For more information about Susan’s artwork, please visit   Susan Oakes   SuOakes Graphic Design     http://www.suoakesdesign.com    http://www.suoakesart.com   or call 561-432-4633



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