Cyanotypes and Photograms

Course Code: 21MCEAP006

Dates: August 14-28, 2021

Meets: Sa from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Location: Online Zoom Classroom

Summer Tuition: $390

Sorry, we are no longer accepting registrations for this course. Please contact our office to find out if it will be rescheduled, or if alternative classes are available.

In the creative online course, students learn how to create wonderfully unique photogram photographic prints using the historic cyanotype process. Cyanotypes print inherently in a range of blues (think of a blueprint) and can also be toned to various other colors as well.

Photograms are pictures produced without a camera. They are created by placing objects such as leaves, flowers, or other items on paper sensitized with a photographic emulsion and exposing the paper to sunlight. Images can also be created with drawings done on translucent material that can be used as a negative for printing. There is a lot of room for experimentation.

The combination of cyanotypes and photograms is very affordable, easy to learn, and is a solid introduction to the world of alternative process photography in general.  Following along with the instructor, using basic chemistry and the sun for our exposures, traditional cyanotype techniques will be taught in thorough detail, mixing our emulsion, brush coating on watercolor papers, learning about exposures using the sun and developing our prints in tap water for the final results. Students can experiment with options such as collage, printing on fabrics or other materials, toning with household materials such as tea and coffee, exploring painterly wet cyanotypes, combining photographic prints with watercolor pigments or drawings, etc. The sky's the limit!

This course will also introduce students to the history of cyanotype printing and to both modern and historic artists using the cyanotype process and or photograms in their personal work. Students will be able to work on projects each week in between class sessions. Online class time will consist of a mix of instructor presentations, tutorials, group critiques and troubleshooting sessions. Students finish the course with one of kind photographic prints and the knowledge to continue on their own with alternative processes. This course is limited to 10 students.

Note: Course materials need to be purchased prior to the first class session. Please refer to the Class Prep section for more information and consider registering early, so that you are able to have the required materials for the first day of class.

Prerequisite: Open to All Skill Levels: Students ranging from beginner to experienced will be successful in classes.Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Please register early, within five days of the start-date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation and to ensure you receive all course-related materials in time to prepare for class.

Courses are subject to minimum enrollment. Please register early, within five days of the start-date, to reduce the likelihood of course cancellation and to ensure you receive all course-related materials in time to prepare for class.

Image: Tricia Rosenkilde, Wet Cyanotype #3, Cyanotype Photogram Series, 5/2021
Image: Tricia Rosenkilde, Wet Cyanotype #3, Cyanotype Photogram Series, 5/2021 ,
Fee: $390.00
Hours:9.00

Fee Breakdown

CategoryDescriptionAmount
Course Fee (Basic)Summer Tuition$ 390.00
Course Fee (Alternate)Full Time Electives$ 0.00

Online Zoom Classroom

Tricia Rosenkilde

Faculty Bio
Date Day Time Location
08/14/2021Saturday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
08/21/2021Saturday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom
08/28/2021Saturday10 AM to 1 PM Online Zoom Classroom

Students will need to have the following materials ready for the first session of the class. A more detailed list will be sent to students by the instructor. Please note, we will be starting the course working with 8x10” size prints but you are welcome to work larger if you want to. You will need larger pieces of foam board, glass or plexi than are listed below. Liquid Cyanotype Kit. 2 - 3 sheets of 22"" x 30"" watercolor paper to print on. You are welcome to try other papers as well, or fabrics such as cotton, linen, silk. A 2” flat wash watercolor or foam brush brush. Hydrogen peroxide. 1 or 2 mixing containers. Disposable well fitting nitrile gloves. Sheet of plexiglass or glass about 11 x 14” (can be glass or plexiglass from a frame). 11" x14“ or larger trays for developing prints. A 11"" x 14"" piece of foam board. A hairdyer. Natural objects such as leaves, flowers, etc. or any objects you want to make photogram prints from!

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