Taster - Crafts: An Introduction to Cyanotypes

Ref: C3529508

Cyanotypes, or sun prints are one of the earliest forms of photography and proved hugely popular in the nineteenth century when they were first devised. Originally used for copying plans (blue prints) people soon realised it was a great way to create a visual record of plants and began using the process for creative projects. The print appears on the specially treated fabric after it has been laid out in the sun- five minutes is enough on a sunny day. In this taster workshop you will make your own sun print using specially prepared fabric and a variety of objects as stencils. Flat objects make the sharpest images, but interesting effects can be created using items that are more three dimensional. The print can be made in to a card or a picture or included in a larger piece of work such as a cushion.

Course aim

This workshop will give you an understanding of the chemistry behind cyanotypes and you will use stencils or found objects to create beautiful images on fabric.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Students will have the skills to make a cyanotype.
  • Students will know about the science and history behind the process.
  • Students will have completed a piece of work using this process.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • Fabric 15cm square, stencil objects and paper to cut will be provided but you are welcome to bring along your own items to use. Examples might be: Lace, ribbon, a leaf, feathers, string, keys, flowers (real or plastic), etc.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course

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Taster - Crafts: An Introduction to Cyanotypes


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  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
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