ONSITE: Cyanotypes with Laser Cut Negatives

Get ready to combine a digital and analog process! Learn how to create digital designs that are then cut out of paper using the laser cutter in our Fab Lab. Use these paper designs to create cyanotype prints, an alternative photo process where negatives or objects are placed directly on light-sensitive paper for exposure. The end result is a unique work of art in a beautiful blue tone.

Special Notes

  • "Students will need to bring their own paper and a USB memory stick. You will need several sheets of cardstock (any color) which will go in the laser cutter to create negatives.

    You will also need paper for the cyanotypes themselves. I suggest Canson Edition Paper, typically stocked by Plaza, for high quality consistent results.

    The class will provide cyanotype chemicals and brushes for applying the chemicals to the paper. For the first week you just need a USB stick and the cardstock. I can answer questions about paper for the final prints at that point. "

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program. Please visit for more information.

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About the Instructor

Sarah Irvin

Sarah Irvin earned a Master of Fine of Arts in Painting from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia. Irvin’s work across multiple media has been featured in exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad, contributing to the conceptual context of more than fifty group exhibitions and in more than twenty solo shows.

Alongside her work as a visual artist, Irvin is identified as an active contributor to critical theory and practice. Her resume includes a keynote address and featured presentations at prestigious conferences, as well as editor-in-chief of a published anthology, editor, and peer reviewer. Irvin also shares her thought leadership at the higher education level, completing artist talks, critiques, and master classes for students pursuing excellence in paper, painting, drawing, and ink. Her teaching experience includes adjunct faculty roles at Virginia Union University and Virginia Commonwealth University in art history and art appreciation. Irvin’s depth of research and experience continues through her panel talks and forums, guest curatorial roles, artist-in-residencies, and published writing and editing.

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ONSITE: Cyanotypes with Laser Cut Negatives

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April 6 - April 2712:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Day: Sat
Tuition: $155.00
Member Tuition: $139.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Sarah Irvin
Level: Beginner