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Hand-On History of Photography: Cyanotypes

2 Session Weekend Studio Arts Course

2 sessions from May 4 to May 11, 2024
Code: 1E00GV
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By Patricia Howard

Program Update: This program will be recorded.

In this unique course that combines lecture with a hands-on project, art historian and photographer Patricia Howard presents an overview of a particular moment in photography’s history and then helps students create artwork with the techniques and processes of that time. This session takes participants into the world of cyanotypes, a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue and white print. Engineers used the technique well into the 20th century as a simple, low-cost way to produce copies of drawings, referred to as blueprints.

Introduced in England by scientist Sir John Herschel, the technique was also used by one of the first female photographer-scientists, Anna Atkins. Today, cyanotypes are increasingly found in the contemporary art world. The process can utilize objects found in most homes, with the exception of cyanotype paper. Participants need to purchase cyanotype paper before the session.

The class is appropriate for photographers of all experience levels as well as non-photographers interested in understanding the form’s technical and artistic evolution.

Special Program Information

  • The instructor is Patricia Howard.
  • This program includes 2 sessions, 2 hours each.
  • NOTE: Registration will close for this program at 3 p.m. ET on Friday, May 3, 2024.
  • World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*

General Information

  • This studio arts program is a Zoom Meeting to allow for patron and instructor interaction online.
  • All Studio Arts programs require an online ticket for each participant so that the instructor can provide individual attention to every student registered for the online program.
  • This program will be recorded. Please see our FAQ for recording terms and conditions.
  • Please refer to the "Materials for this program" section for any applicable supply list information and/or special documents for this program.
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*Enrolled participants in the World Art History Certificate Program receive 1/2 elective credit. Not yet enrolled? Learn about the program, its benefits, and how to register here.