Tutor: Brittonie Fletcher
This 6-week online class is an introduction to historic photographic printing processes! It will cover cyanotypes, wet cyanotypes, alternate substrates, toning with botanicals and other eco-friendly sources, salt printing, and combine processes. There will also be time for a discussion of history, science and historic through to present day artists.
We will meet via Zoom once a week for presentations and demonstrations where students will then take what they have learned and complete that week’s assignment, returning for critique and a new demo each week.
Session 1: Introduction and Overview
This first class will be a chance to go over the materials you will need for each week. It will cover the format of the course and provide an opportunity to answer questions participants may have prior to the hands-on sessions. It will also offer the space for participants to get to know each other and feel confident in the approach and setup required without the pressure of jumping straight into the practical tasks.
Session 2: Cyanotype Printing
Cyanotypes date back to the 19th century and are known for their rich Prussian Blue colour, where we get the name for architectural “blueprints” and other interesting facts. An emulsion is made from iron based materials, coated on paper, and then exposed using the sun. This process is very safe, easy to do at home and environmentally friendly.
Session 3: Wet Cyanotype and Alternate Substrates
Here we will explore other media to print cyanotypes on aside from printing paper- tote bags, rocks, wood, ceramics, glass this will give you an opportunity to explore options and learn how to appropriately apply the media to your substrate of choice. These alternates are not listed in the materials list it is up for the student to choose. We will also play with wet-cyanotypes and an all around crowd pleaser!
Session 4: Toning, sizing and combining
In this session we will cover how to tone a cyanotype with botanicals and other eco or kitchen based elements. We’ll discuss what do to with under and overexposed prints and how to combine process. This class we will also begin salting paper.
Session 5: The Salted Paper Print
The Salted Paper Print also dates back to the early days of photography with many well known historic photographers using it for their entire bodies of work. It is still a much loved and well-used process today with exciting variables. Here we will build on our knowledge of cyanotype process with a few additional steps. All these are an excellent gateway to historic and alternative analogue photographic processes.
Session 6: Final Results, Feedback and Questions
The final session is a chance for participants to show their results from Week 5, as well as get feedback on all the work made during the course. It provides a platform to ask questions about any of the elements covered and where necessary the tutor can offer a quick refresher or help participants in any areas they’d like to develop further. This concluding session ensures participants have the time to finish everything, and makes sure everyone feels confident going forward.
For this course, you will need to source a variety of chemicals and materials in advance of each session. Most can be found locally and are relatively inexpensive. The full materials list can be downloaded here: Salt and Cyanotype Materials List, but the tutor will provide specific instruction week-by-week.
All sessions will be conducted via Zoom. We would ask you to download this in advance and make sure you have a stable internet connection, but you do not need to have a Premium account.
Images produced by course tutor or past course participants:
Image 1 : © Brittonie Fletcher, Cyanotype 2020
Image 2: © Sarah Madden, Toning Test
Image 3: © Greg McNeill, Salt Print
Please note: all sessions will be conducted via Zoom. We would ask you to download this in advance and make sure you have a stable internet connection, but you do not need to have a Premium account.
Students, anyone over the age of 65, and those in receipt of any form of benefits can claim the concessionary price, offering a 10% discount on the full course price. Valid proof of eligibility must be produced on the first day of the course. Please use the code CONCESSION when prompted at checkout.