WAXING THE BLUES - May 20-22 2016, 10-5pm each day
Cyanotype + Brown Print + Photo Encaustic
Anna Tomczak Studio 340 W New York Ave, Lake Helen, FL 32744

Cyanotype (blue) and Vandyke (brown) printing are simple, experimental, and two of the oldest photographic methods available.
Learn these antique photographic processes using paint-on light sensitive emulsions in royal blue and earthly brown. Smooth Surface papers and cloth (cotton, muslin, or silk) are coated with the blue/brown emulsion, dried, and under glass are exposed in the UV light of the sun. They are then simply developed in water.
Surface treatments will be introduced to the blue/brown prints such as encaustics ( coating them with hot wax) and hand coloring with paints and pigments. The workshop will emphasize the photographic image, but is not limited to this and include other modes of expression - drawing, poetry, text, collage, and illustrations.
You can continue with this process at home without expensive equipment, and it can be combined with other mediums.

Blue Horse

Workshop Costs: $365 - includes workshop instruction, use of my studio and equipment, and $50 material fee. $100 deposit required. The materials include blue and brown print chemistry, solvents for photo transfers, negative transparency film, some papers, wax, and demonstration materials. Workshop is limited to 10 participants.
Prepare to bring: large black and white negatives (digital transparencies or inverted photocopies on acetate) pressed botanicals or other flat objects,feathers, lace, transparent materials, x-rays, etc.
A complete list of materials will be sent upon registration. Click here to pay $100 deposit.

HOT WAX JAM - Sat June 11 & 18th – Come and play with the Hot Wax, make photo encaustic work, photo transfers into wax, paint with pigmented wax, share ideas and techniques. Supervision and wax will be provided.
$100 per day, attend either one or both.
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
There will be a $20.00 materials fee, you will be sent a small materials list of laser prints and objects to bring.
Anna Tomczak Studio 340 W New York Ave, Lake Helen, FL 32744
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Venice, Italy (
Champtocé Sur Loire, Chateau du Pin, Loire Valley, France

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico    July 3-10, 2016

Photography & Artist Book-Making

Natasha Watts
Yellow Cat
Anna Tomczak

This Workshop begins with participant introduction, studio intro and materials intro, and sharing work. During the first 3 days we will visit beautiful areas of San Miguel to shoot photographs, such as the Instituto Allende and the Escuela de Bellas Artes, El Jardin and the Parroquia. SMA Baroque/Neoclassical colonial structures were "discovered" by foreign artists who moved in and began art and cultural institutes.

In the studio we will prepare paper for books & make Photo Copy transfers with laser prints of our photos - B&W or color. We will use Solvent Transfer methods: Chartpak Blender Pens, Wintergreen Oil. We will also make Contact Paper transfer and Acrylic Medium Transfers. Surface treatments will be introduced such as coating with wax and paint. We will tone Papers with coffee and tea, paint with pan pastel, oil paint and color pencils onto the photo transfers on paper.

The workshop will emphasize the photographic image, but is not limited to this and will include other modes of expression - drawing, poetry, collage and illustrations.

One day midweek we will work with San Miguel artist Susan Dorf  in her studio, sketching and painting our journals, and making photo transfers on her press with wintergreen oil.

Pomegranates in a Blue Bowl
Susan Dorf

Also we will visit other artist studios and explore Fabrica La Aurora, an extensive collaborative of Galleries and Studios in an old textile Factory.

Later in the week, we will finish our journals and explore rubbings, rubber stamp, collage, computer generated text will be demonstrated .

Workshop price $1,700 includes studio space, equipment, and most materials, room in a beautiful Casa, 6 breakfasts and four dinners in Casa. Airfare and ground transport from Leon Airport not included in price. This workshop has limited space reserve soon. Upon registration you will receive a list of materials.

We can also shop at the well stocked SMA art store El Pato.
Workshop $1700     Deposit $200
To make a reservation for Anna's San Miguel de Allende Workshop by Check or by Credit Card

October 8-15, 2016    Il Chiostro Workshop
Photographic Transfers and Hand Bound Travel Journal

7 Nights in Venice. Transfer your photos onto Italian Fabriano papers, excursions, great authentic Italian food. Price: $2495 includes Workshop, scheduled ground transport, food and lodging, does not include airfare. For information and registration, go to:

Capture the inspiration, beauty and enigmatic mood of Venice. Your photo transfers and journal will be a type of “Memoir”.

Explore this great city on foot, get lost in the tiny alleys and shoot the historic squares and architecture. Early October will be strewn with light and reflections as you get to know this unique, historic, artistic city.

Stay for 7 nights in a refurbished convent in the quiet Dorsoduro section of Venice near the Academia Bridge.

For excursions we’ll head to Burano, Murano and/or Torcello, take a walking tour of hidden Venice and visit the open fish market early in the morning.  We will also try to make it to the island of San Michele, the Venetian cemetery thick with sculptures for the remembered.

With your photographs and collected treasures you will make photo laser copies at a nearby copy shop and transfer them into the book pages made from Fabriano Italian hand made paper. The journal will be bound with a classic drum binding with archival glue.  Then you will have the option of creating covers coated with beeswax.

Accommodations: The week will be spent in the historic Dorsoduro area, away from the madness of San Marco. We will enjoy great accommodations in an ex-convent and traditional cuisine at local restaurants or prepared by our personal chef. It will be an ideal place to improve your photography skills while working on your personal book.

General Activities: Our first activity will be an orientation at 6pm on the first Saturday followed by dinner with the group.  After that, most activities for the week will be organized around the individual workshops but all participants will come together for meals and events like the guided walking tour of selected highlights of Venice. Then, at the end of the week the artists will stage an exhibit of their work to share their visual impressions of enigmatic Venice.

Dinners: During the week we will have 5 dinners together. To experience a good cross-section of typical Venetian cuisine we will sample diverse neighborhood trattorie and Michael and Linda will host our group for two home-cooked meals with ingredients we find at the outdoor market. Two nights of the week you will be on your own to follow your nose to restaurants or concerts or the opera or whatever else might pique your curiosity. There is plenty of time for independent exploration.

Price: $2,495* p/p


  • Single room supplement – $450 (limited number available)
  • Non-participant fee is $2,195.  Non-photographer partners/friends are always welcome.

* Early Bird Discount of $100 if registered by March 1, 2016


  • 7 nights at the convent – double or single (with supplement) room with ensuite bathroom and shower (Note: departure is after breakfast on the final Saturday.  The last class activity will be Friday evening.)
  • Daily Venetian cafe breakfast and 5 dinners at local restaurants, including wine
  • Workshop tuition, daily classes
  • Guided art history tour of Venice
  • Selected excursions with class

Price does not include:

  • Airfare
  • Lunch
  • Independent meals and sight-seeing
  • Museum entry fees
  • Workshop materials
  • Local transportation: vaporettos, water taxis

To Register: Go to A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to secure your spot in the workshop. Payment can be made on line with a credit card, or you can follow the instructions to send in your registration and payment by mail. Once we receive your deposit we will send you a formal Registration Confirmation with further information about the program. You will receive 2-3 other correspondences by email prior to the workshop with information about Italy, a supplies list and an electronic invoice for the balance. Final Balance is due by September 1st. Any time prior to your arrival, if you have questions about anything regarding the trip or the program, you can contact us by email or phone and we’ll be happy to assist you.


Venice Wedding
Ciny Bartosek

Anna & Mark
Jim Zock
Jelena, Olive Grove
A Tomczak

October 17-23, 2016
With Anna Tomczak & Chef TBA
Chateau du Pin - Loire Valley, France

Enjoy 6 days and 7 nights at Chateau du Pin ~ immerse yourself in the historical gardens and architecture. Photograph, sketch the 15C. stone and carved wood, use the chambers and parlors to sit and write, or stare at the fireplace in the evening, and along the way keep your experience and memories in your hand-bound journal. With access to an authentic French kitchen you can help cook, chop, or watch the wonderful meals being made. We will travel to nearby ancient villages and markets, take in the countryside, make photographs, relax in the gardens, hike the trails on the Chateau’s 300 acres, and laugh together during nightly dinners in the Chateau du Pin dining room while we tell travel stories and drink local Loire Valley (Chateau du Pin) wines.
We will have a magical harp or flute concert one evening in the grand salon.

$2,500 includes workshop and a room for 7 nights at the Chateau, which provides a French meal prepared by our chef for breakfast, some lunches, and 5 dinners in the Chateau. Participants are responsible for their own airfare and ground transportation with the exception of a scheduled pickup from the Nantes airport or Anger Train Station upon arrival and departure.

Workshop $2500
Deposit $300
To make a payment and reservation by Check or by or by Credit Card

Chateau du Pin and Topiary
Jim Zock



by Anna Tomczak


San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
July 3-10, 2016 $1700

Il Chiostro Workshop      Venice, Italy
October 8-15  2016

PHOTOGRAPHY AND CUISINE RETREAT Chateau du Pin - Loire Valley, France
October 17-23, 2016 $2500

"Rocket Science" - Encaustic on Wood
A. Tomczak

blue prints drying
"Blueprints on Line" Anna's Studio

Nuns playing poker
- A. Tomczak

Bookarts Table at Studio

Leona Huff

Leona Huff

Bruce Bennett

Sharon Jacobs

Stacia Hollmann Journal

SMA  Natasha Watts

Kendel Kennedy

- Anna Tomczak

Dario's Cat

Violino - Anna Tomczak


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