Cyanotype Level 1 & 2 | August

Cyanotype 1 & 2

Date  | Sundays, August 4 & 11, 2024

Time  |   10 AM – 4 PM

Location |  Colorado Photographic Arts Center

1200 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO, 80203

Cost  |  $180 Member and $198 Non-Member

Materials Fee  |  Additional $40 per student

Instructor  |  Kimberly Chiaris

Skill Level  |  Beginner to Intermediate


This late summer workshop is perfect for students looking to learn cyanotype or to continue their cyanotype practice. Take advantage of our downtown location and large darkroom to make images during the best time of year to practice the cyanotype process! The concepts will be discussed through history, science and practical application. 

Course Description:

If new to the process, students will learn cyanotype through chemistry, paper coating, and contact printing in the sun. A discussion of the types of materials suitable for cyanotype printing will be discussed and experimented with. Continuing students will be guided into advanced creative cyanotype techniques, including making digital negatives in Photoshop for printing on transparency film, sensitizing select areas, shaping paper for exposure, making multiple exposures, as well as wet cyanotype. Additionally, students will have a chance to try plant-based print toning to achieved variations in color. Students will conclude class with making a simple book.

  • Cyanotype chemistry
  • Exposure and development
  • Paper and substrates for printing
  • Creative ideas/materials for contact printing

Materials Needed:

  • Objects for contact printing (anything with strong shape or silhouette), or digital negatives (no larger than 8 x 10). Traditional contact printing subjects included botanical specimens, and much later building plans which came to be known as “blueprints”.
  • Chemistry, paper printing options and some objects will be provided. Students may bring clothing or other items to print on, such as t-shirts, hats, gloves, napkins, towels, table clothes or any materials made from 100% natural fibers.