New: Camera-less Impressions (Cyanotypes)

An introduction to the earliest and rawest form of photography -the cyanotype photogram or blueprint. Learn the history, chemistry and method of this technique so you can experiment with its artistic potential.

Who is this course for

This course is suitable for anyone who wants to experiment with the earliest form of photography and who will enjoy working with direct and unpredictable outcomes in a creative way.
No knowledge of photography is necessary.

What does this course cover

Day one:
A short introduction to the history of cyanotype and the photogram technique
Demonstration of process:
Preparation of the chemical solution and coatingdrying of paper,
Selecting and composing suitable objectsmaterials for photograms
Exposure in the sun or to a u.v light
Washing out and drying of prints

Day Two:
Looking at work of artists who use cyanotype and photogram technique
Preparation and experimentation with different kinds of paper and other substrates eg canvascardboardplywoodstones
Using your own or found photographic imagery/negatives for making contact prints
Continuing with making cyanotypes

Day Three:
Introduction to bleaching and toning of prints and experimenting with this
Continue with making cyanotypes
An informal selection and presentation of students work

What will it be like

This is a short and informal course, the technique is easy to learn and the emphasis is on creative experimentation and enjoyment.

What else do you need to buy or do

Some paper will be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own paper which should be heavier stock watercolour or printmaking paper as it needs to be washed in water.
Students can bring in their own objectsplantmaterials, papers and fabrics for making photograms.

On day two students can bring in their own black and white photocopies or transparencies of their own imagery photographsgraphicscollages (maximum size A4)

Outside of the sessions students will be encouraged to study the work of artists using both the photogram and cyanotype technique and to think about how they might want to work with it
i.e. artistically or craft based.

What this course could lead to

There are many other alternative photographic techniques that follow on from cyanotype such as
Van Dyke, Gum Bichromate, pinhole, lumen prints, photo-batik, chemigrams and there are several London dark rooms that offer good workshops on these,
Recommend is and based in Hackney.

There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;

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Why come to Mary Ward Centre?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’