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.

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).

Master Class Private Sessions Available for More Advanced Training