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ONE DAY PROJECTS FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL ART CLASS

Cyanotypes


Phyllis Burstein
with students at Walter Payton College Prep, Chicago


Challenge:
Students make cyanotypes (blue prints) using computer and hand-drawn negatives and found objects.

Materials: Nature Print Paper, ink jet transparency paper, acetate, black sharpies, small found objects with interesting shapes (jewelry parts, lace, chains, keys) bucket of water, watercolor, pastels

Process:
• Class needs to take place outside on a sunny day.
• Students create large negatives by drawing on transparencies with sharpies, and choose found negatives and found objects.
• Students lay items on photosensitive nature print paper and expose to sun for 2 minutes.
• Nature print paper is submerged in water to stop photo reaction.
• While paper is still wet, students can add watercolor and pastels
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Lesson Expansion:
• Use the students' photographs to create the negatives for their cyanotypes.