Cyanotype for the Artist

Saturday, 11-3pm
Katherine Akey

Course Description

Join us for a one-day workshop exploring one of the oldest photographic processes, the cyanotype. This alternative process produces a characteristic blue hued photographic print and has been used by artists to create works ranging from photographs to books, sculptures, in situ installations, costumes, animations, and more. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of the process from mixing and applying emulsion to exposure and development. We’ll also explore the many materials that cyanotype can be applied to- including paper, fabric, shells, and more. Participants are encouraged to bring their own objects, digital negatives or stencils with them on the day. Advice will be provided on suitable objects and images.


Photo Center Orientation is not required for this class, but it is required if student wishes to come to the Photo Center outside the workshop to develop film on their own and/or print their own photos in the Darkroom.


Katherine Akey
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Dates and Time

Feb 18
Saturday 11 – 2 pm

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Winter 2023 registration opens
Dec 17 at 10am

*Priority registration for active scholarship recipients starts Dec 14

IInstructor Bio – Katherine Akey

Katherine Akey is an artist based in San Francisco, CA where she makes work about polar exploration, World War I, love, and memory. Her practice includes photography, printmaking, fiber arts, and creative writing. She has an MFA from the International Center of Photography, was a Fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and was the Visiting Assistant Professor in Studio Arts at Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at GWU from 2018-2020. Currently she instructs at Penumbra Foundation, mentors with Image Threads Collective, and is staff at the Harvey Milk Photo Center. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she has participated in several artist residencies including The Arctic Circle, Bonfire Walk&Talk, and the Artist Residency in Motherhood.