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Workshop: Introduction to Hand Coloring Black & White Photos

November 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$50 – $60

An introduction to hand coloring black & white photos  – with Marshall Photo Oils

The coloring book craze is going strong.  And paint bars are all the rage.  Let’s take this coloring – slash – painting craze one step further and create one-of-a-kind hand colored photographs! In this hands-on introductory two hour class, we will learn how to color black and white photographs by applying Marshall Photo Oils with Q-tips and cotton balls.    Whether you choose to add color to an entire image or selective portions, the result will be a unique piece of art!

* Note * Hand coloring photographs with oils works only with gelatin silver fiber based matte prints. Yes, the old fashioned dark room fiber based paper – with a matte finish.  Digital photographers, don’t despair!  You can take this class too!  Send your file(s) to Digital Silver Imaging (DSI) and they will make you a silver gelatin print (or two or three!) on matte fiber paper.  Or bring some old photographic prints you made back in the day!

Some details: 

What the participants will provide
Two black and white prints on either 8×10 or 11×14 silver gelatin fiber based matte paper.
Note:  Bring prints that have more highlights than shadows.  Why?  Because the oils have a hard time taking to the shadows.

For individuals who still use the darkroom:
– The preferred fiber based paper is Ilford MG Art (multigrade art) 300.
– It is available at B&H (bhphotovideo.com) A box of 50 sheets of 8×10 is currently $65.95.
– Make your final prints for hand coloring 10% to 20% lighter than normal.

For individuals who are digitally inclined:
– Visit Digital Silver Imaging’s website at digitalsilverimaging.comfor exact instructions on how to send them your files to be printed. Or call them at (617) 489-0035.
– You will want to order the DSI Digital Silver Print Fiber – Matte.
– Digital Silver Imaging usually has a 10 to 14 day turn around time fo the Digital Silver Print Fiber – Matte.
– OR bring old black and white prints you made in high school, college, or earlier in your career – as long as they have a matte finish.

What the instructor will provide:
– Marshall Photo Oils for everyone to use
– palette sheets
– 11 x 14 matt board for students to use to tape their photos to while painting
– kneadable erasers
– Q-Tips
– Cotton Balls


Peg O’Connell is a film based photographer residing in Brookline, Massachusetts. She began taking photographic classes at the Boston Center for Adult Education in 1995 (or thereabouts) and started taking evening workshop classes at the New England School of Photography in the autumn of 1999.

At the New England School of Photography, Peg has studied with Nick Johnson to master silver gelatin printing as well as the use of small, medium and large format cameras.  She has also assistant taught the basic darkroom workshop classes when the New England School of Photography was located in Kenmore Square.

The older processes of photography intrigue Peg and she has taken workshops to learn these older forms of photographic processing; such as platinum printing, cyanotypes,  ziatypes and hand-coloring photographs.

Peg thoroughly enjoys the analog process of developing the film and photographs in the darkroom.  She has no plans of going digital.

In addition to being an artist, Peg also works at From the Top, a non-profit organization dedicate to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of young classically-trained musicians.




11 available
Workshop: Introduction to Hand Coloring Black & White Photos - Member Price$50.00
11 available
Workshop: Introduction to Hand Coloring Black & White Photos - Non-Member Price$60.00


November 14
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$50 – $60
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The Griffin Museum of Photography
67 Shore Road
Winchester, Ma 01890 United States