Photography: Teaching a Cyanotype Workshop

I had my first taste of teaching photography to teenagers yesterday (other than my own children of course). Pauline of Artisan Studios in Bournemouth invited me to the home educated teens art class to teach them how to make cyanotypes so that they could learn a new technique, have a chilled final session for the summer, and we could investigate the possibility of running future workshops at the studio.

It’s really easy to forget what you already know and take certain knowledge for granted so although as an ex-home educator myself I hate the idea of hand-outs, I think maybe in this context it would be useful for me to produce one for the factual information in future. I know I personally find names and dates and names of chemicals hard to recall and often just irrelevant, it’s the technique and result that excite me. If the result captures my imagination then I get into the details when I need them.

The main technique used was photograms, but one student used a combination of two negatives, but they were not printed with enough contrast to work on anything other than sun print paper which was unfortunate because the idea was lovely.

Despite my initial worries about the weather it ended up being sunny and dry so that was a relief. I really enjoyed the afternoon, the students were good fun and I even got a chance to produce some more cyanotypes myself.

 

Here’s a selection of the work that was produced:

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