Cyanotype for Photography

Short Course

cyanotype photography

Cyanotype is an old photographic process that makes beautiful, one-off cyan-blue print images. The Cyanotype process dates back over 160 years and was discovered by Sir John Herschell in 1842. It was the first successful non-silver photographic printing process.

What will you learn?

Being a simple, cheap and more or less permanent technique: Cyanotype enjoyed an extended period of commercial success as the blueprint process for copying drawings and plans for industry. It was only made obsolete by the invention of dry, plain paper photocopying.

Cyanotype is an old photographic process that makes beautiful, one-off cyan-blue print images. This course will cover the application of chemicals to either paper or fabric and the exposure of an image either by using a contact acetate negative or by the making of a photogram, thereafter how to develop the image.

Students should bring along a selection of photographs and / or drawings to make into a negative image. All materials will be supplied.


Topics covered:

  • A brief history of cyanotype and its terminology
  • Paper types, tools and materials in cyanotype printing
  • How to produce your own prints using the methods covered
  • How to sign and edition your prints


Available Date(s)

Sat 8 June 2019
4 places available


11am - 3pm
4 hours including lunch break

Course Tutor

Kevin A. Pickering

Suitable for Beginners


All materials and notes are included in the price of this workshop. No previous experience of printmaking is required.

For details about what to prepare before for your course begins, please read through our How to Prepare page.


Regular (£80)

Our regular rate is applicable if you are currently in full or part time employment.

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Concessions & Students

Concessionary Rate £72
Our concessionary rate is applicable if you are aged 60 years or older, aged 13 years or younger, and/or in receipt of any state benefits. Please note: undergraduate students are not eligible for our concessionary rate.

Student Rate £68
Our student rate is applicable if you are aged 13+ years, and in full-time education or currently studying towards an undergraduate or post-graduate degree.

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