Explore the extraordinary world of the blueprint photogram and use an early photographic technique invented in 1842 to create striking contemporary artworks. Discover how to create blueprint photograms (cyanotypes) on paper, cotton and silk. Explore how to achieve striking photographic effects and learn experimental techniques to print, develop and tone blueprints on a variety of surfaces. After creating a series of samples you may work on an individual project adding texture and stitch, as time allows.
This evocative photographic process is a simple technique for creating fascinating photo effects on a variety of surfaces.
Using plant materials, stencils and other found objects such as string, feathers, mesh or lace, you will create a series of imaginative experimental blueprint photograms on paper and fabric.
You will begin by trying out a number of different photograms on paper to help you understand the process and build a visual vocabulary, and then move on to printing on a number of different natural fibre fabrics such as cotton, silk and viscose.
You will gain
• Understanding of the techniques and processes of blueprinting and gain the confidence to explore the potential of this art form.
• Be guided through the process of coating the paper and fabric.
• Learn how to expose the photogram in sunlight.
• Discover how to include and combine photogram images with text or hand drawn marks.
• Be encouraged to try different developing and toning techniques to alter the colour of the photogram.
• Leave with a practical understanding of the potential of the medium for future experimentation.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)