Master Class Private Sessions Available for More Advanced Training

Cyanotype Printing

1 Day Course - $299  Materials included

11:00am to 4:00pm

Maximum Class Size: 4 Students

Private Classes Can Be Arranged

"Reviving the art of old photographic techniques is a passion of mine .  I am so glad to be able to share with my students." JA

Cyanotypes by our student  John Trohan.

Part 1: Morning Activities

  • Convert images to a digital negative to size and proper curves for good contrast
  • Cut watercolor paper to size
  • Mix chemistry and sensitize paper in darkroom

Lunch Break: To Allow Paper to Dry

Part 2:  Afternoon Activities

  • Make test strips for various exposures with contact printing frames under controlled lighting or if weather permits, from the sun
  • When expousre has been determined we will expose sensitized paper
  • The print will be washed and enhancedment of the intense 'Prussian Blue' will be done with additional chemistry
  • Additional prints can be made while paper is drying


All matrials need to make 8 x 10 paper prints (gloves, bushes, fully equipped darkroom, archival watercolor paper and chemistry).

The cyanotype process, developed by John Herschel in England in the 1830's, was one of the first photgraphic technique utilized for printing images.  It involves the application of a chemical solution to papter, a negative overlay and then exposure to the sun or an intense light source.  The image appears as a mixture of blue tones that are almost magical.

Student Requirements:

Students will bring in up to 3 images that they would like to make into Cyanotypes. Choose prints or digital scans of images that would make an interesting subject. Print size is 8 x 10.