Photography Special: Cyanotype (Sun Prints)

photography |
17th June 2023

Photography Special: Cyanotype (Sun Prints) | Sat 17 Jun | 12-2pm | £35 | 16+ yrs | Tutor Helena McGregor | Studio 3, Dark Room, Print Room & Garden

The Photography Special: Cyanotype (Sun Prints) workshop teaches participants how to use the power of the sun to create beautiful, one-off photographic prints.

Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print, which was traditionally used by engineers as a low-cost way to produce copies of drawings, also known as blueprints. The sunlight reacts with photographic chemicals painted onto paper, fabric, and other materials to capture photograms of objects or can be used in conjunction with negative images, to create blueprint photographs.

What will the class cover and how will it be taught?

In this workshop, participants will collect natural forms from the Brewery Arts Garden and/or use negative images to compose beautiful prints by mixing cyanotype chemicals and coating paper. There will be experimentation with different exposure times and additives, such as salt and washing-up liquid, to create interesting patterns and textures. Finally, the prints will be developed and taken home following the workshop.

Who is it suitable for?

Photography Special: Cyanotype (Sun Prints) is suitable for all abilities, everybody is welcome. Participants may never have tried cyanotype before or they may wish to revisit the technique and consolidate the basics.

What do I need to bring?

Please bring an apron and/or wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Bring your glasses, if you need them.

If you would like to use your own photos to make cyanotype prints, please email up to two black and white photos to 48 hours before the workshop start time. There will be some images available to use during the workshop supplied by the tutor.

About the tutor

Helena McGregor is a visual artist, specialising in printmaking, and a qualified Secondary Art and Design Teaching Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in UK and International Schools, teaching 11-18-year-olds in a range of creative subjects. She also has experience in teaching Primary Art, running art CPD sessions and adult art workshops.

See all Creative Learning courses here.


17th June 2023

You might like...


Artist Open Exhibition 2024

7 June – 31 July 2024

7 June - 31 July | Foyer Gallery & Sugar Store Gallery | Tue-Sat, 11am-5pm | Free With each piece selected by a panel of...

Read more
Print Room Members Access

Print Room Members Sessions

Print Room Members Sessions | Tue 23 April - Tue 2 July | Thu 25 April - 4 July | 11am-3pm | Membership fee £10...

Book now

Mature Movers

Mature Movers | Tue 23 April to Tue 9 July | 11.30am-12.30pm | £66 (10 wks) | £7 PAYG | 60+ yrs | Tutor Emily...

Book now

Supported by