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Alternative Print Week | Explore the Wonder of Cyanotype

Cyanotype is a historic printing process that has regained popularity recently with artists and photographers alike. While some are dismayed at the continual decline of analogue materials by large photographic corporations, others are taking control and mixing chemistry and creating their own. Join us for a week aimed at exploring the exciting cross-over between printmaking and photography, and produce your very own creation to exhibit at the Orms Cape Town School of Photography.

Key Features

  • Create and perfect your cyanotype print technique and leave with beautiful prints that are brilliantly blue.</liL
  • Select and arrange your personal items or transparencies to print an image that suits your artistic vision.
  • Through experimentation, you will discover how different objects create varied visual print effects.
  • Understand how to prepare your cyanotype chemicals and paper.
  • Learn how to tailor your exposure times in order to achieve your desired print results.
  • Work with our highly skilled lecturer to develop your idea into a final print that will be featured at an upcoming exhibition.



4 Morning Sessions of 3 hours each, over the course of one week. chemicals,


  • Chemicals, demo papers and brushes.
  • Student Exhibition.


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Session 1 | Receive your chemical kit and demo paper as we introduce you to printmaking and broaden your understanding the chemical process.
Session 2 | Bring to class different papers and objects that you would like to experiment with. We will explore your ideas by making rough reproductions that will be perfected the next day.
Session 3 | Today we work intensely to complete and make your work perfect.
Session 4 | We finalise the prints and reflect on the process. We also select work for exhibition and explore framing and mounting options.


  • – You want to learn more about alternative methods of developing images.
  • – You are interested in creating work with your hands.
  • – You want to experience photos developing in front of your eyes.
  • – You want to experiment.


  • – Apron
  • – Basic stationary i.e. notepad/book, pens, highlighter etc.
  • – 5l of distilled water per day (available at the chemist). Due to the water shortage, the school cannot provide running water for all the prints.
  • – Extra paper will be required if you want to explore more in class but this will be discussed in the first session.