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Sunshine Alchemy: Cyanotype Workshop

  • Albany Carroll Arts Building 319 North Albany Avenue Chicago, IL, 60612 United States (map)

Come celebrate World Cyanotype Day with Joanna Aloysia and Kelly McKaig in our secret garden! In this workshop we will teach you the photographic process of cyanotyping. We will teach you how to mix these benign chemicals to make a photosensitive wash, sensitize the paper, how to make a photogram, and how to develop the image to get that amazing blue. After that, it’s all experimentation and hanging out in the sunshine.

This workshop will be mostly outdoors and will be a little messy, so plan for a day of playing with flowers, lightly splashing in water, and painting. We will be providing various objects to help you make a photogram: flowers, glass, feathers, leaves, paperclips, keys, safety pins, translucent fabric, lace, etc.

What to bring:

  • Lunch

  • Paper (100% cotton or linen, sized but unbuffered)

  • Favorite objects

    • Suggestions: lace, flowers, jewelry, keys, etc.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The street parking is abundant and free in front on the block around our building. The green line California stop is a 10 minute walk away.

What should I bring to the event?

Paper to sensitize and expose, your own lunch, and favorite objects that you would like to make an image with (it works well if if has a distinct shape or is translucent).

What if it rains?

We’ve got you covered. We have a couple light boxes in the studio which make consistent, controllable prints.




Earlier Event: August 18
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