July | TEEN Workshop: Light Sensitive Exploration–Cyanotype, SolarFast, and Lumens

TEEN Workshop: Light Sensitive Exploration–Cyanotype, SolarFast, and Lumens

Date  | Monday – Friday, July 25-29, 2022

Time  |  Mon -Thu 9AM – 2PM and Fri 9AM – 12PM

Location |  Colorado Photographic Arts Center

1070 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204

Cost  |  $325

Materials  |  Additional $40 per student

Instructor  |  Kimberly Chiaris

Ages  |  11-17


Students will be introduced to a few hands-on photographic processes that can be made without the use of a camera. We will make photograph prints on paper and cloth, as well as explore paper engineering by shaping papers into 3D objects. 

Course Description:

Create beautiful images in both 2D and 3D using one of the oldest photographic processes. Cyanotype is a light-sensitive printing process that produces a permanent cyan-blue image on paper or cloth using the UV light from the sun. We will begin the week with an introduction to the cyanotype process by looking at artist examples and the history of the process. You will learn how to apply the chemicals, arrange objects on the surface of your print, then expose and develop your work of art. We will then explore toning, adding mixed media, and making a simple book. The SolarFast process will be introduced, and students will make a washable cyanotype bandana to keep.

  • History of cyanotype
  • Working with cyanotype solution
  • Bookmaking and paper-folding
  • SolarFast process
  • Developing and toning

Materials Needed:

  • Personal small objects to make your prints. Some ideas:
    • feathers
    • small toys
    • lace
    • jewelry
    • flowers, leaves
  • Note-taking materials
  • Water
  • Lunch/Snacks
  • Sunscreen/Hat
  • Comfortable walking shoes