ONSITE: Tintype Photography

Use one of the earliest forms of photography to create tintypes, which are direct positives printed on an aluminum sheet using large format cameras. Learn the basics of this 19th century process, including how to pour and sensitize collodion, properly expose and develop plates, and apply a protective varnish. Plan to walk away with two to three finished pieces.

Special Notes

  • All chemistry, media and cameras will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment if you have it. Please wear old clothing or bring aprons. Some materials can and will temporarily stain skin and permanently stain clothing. Gloves will be provided.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.

About the Instructor

Mike Bartolotta

Michael D. Bartolotta is a photographic artist focusing on digital and historic processes. He holds degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. Michael works professionally in Williamsburg, VA as an art director and photographer.


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ONSITE: Tintype Photography

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Class Details
March 2 - March 310 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Day: Wed
Tuition: $155.00
Member Tuition: $139.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Mike Bartolotta
Level: Intermediate