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Natural Blue: Cyanotype Workshop for Young Photographers

Fri 29 July, 10.00am1.00pm

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Natural Blue: Cyanotype Workshop for Young Photographers

£40 per person, one day workshop. This course is suitable for young people aged 13-17 years.

Learn to create traditional blue print photographs, inspired by nature and taught in the outdoors.

Explore the natural world through creative mark making and traditional photographic processes. During this workshop you will learn how to create your own cyanotype prints from natural forms, experimenting with the process in a variety of ways to produce a series of unique works. The cyanotype process uses a mixture of iron compounds, which when exposed to UV light (sunlight) and washed in water oxidise to create lovely Prussian Blue images that look a little like blue X-Rays. We will use natural forms gathered from the grounds of Compton Verney as the basis to create exciting and fun artwork that you will be able to take home to keep. The workshop will also allow you to get hands on with mark making with art materials.  Working with texture rubbings, mono printing and surface pattern. Exploring the formal elements of shape, tone, line, form, pattern and texture as well as learning the historical photographic art of cyanotypes.

We will be looking to create works of art, learn about traditional photographic practices whilst learning more about nature and the importance of working within this environment.

These workshops will be led by Stuart Robinson, a local artist, who specialises in analogue photography, alternative and historical photographic processes.

Who is this workshop for?

This course is suitable for young people aged 13-17 years. It is open to students of all levels. Those who have little or no experience of photography or art. You will be shown how to create a cyanotype print and be encouraged to experiment and explore mark making processes by the tutor.

The course will take place outdoors and in our Forest School site, not all areas are pathed. These areas are accessible for wheelchair users but the ground can become softer in wetter weather.  Please do let me know if you require any additional requirements, this will help us to review and adjust the course in advance if necessary.

About the tutor

Stuart Robinson

Stuart is a local artist and photographic lecturer that specialises in leading workshops in traditional and alternative photographic processes. Stuart has BA (Hons) Degree in Documentary photography at UWCN and has worked in both the photographic industry and in art education for over 20 years. Stuart regularly leads workshops for arts and educational organisations, including sessions with children and adults of all age ranges.

Do you need to bring anything?

Workshop and Safety Information

It is important to be aware of the predicted weather conditions in the lead up to the event as this workshop will be held outside.

It is advised that:

  • Participants dress appropriately for weather conditions and for an art-based workshop environment. Please wear clothes that you are happy to get dirty.
  • Aprons will be available for learners.
  • Participants wear sun hats and bring sun cream as needed.
  • Bring a bottle of water
  • Bring your own snacks

All materials will be provided.