In early July the Art department welcomed members of the School Councils of Waddesdon Primary & Haydon Abbey Primary to an exciting cyanotype and mono printing workshop.
Cyanotype is a negative photographic process using specialist paper. Objects are placed on the paper for a period of time, preventing sunlight from hitting the sensitized material. As a result these areas remain white and reveal the shape of the objects. We had a few tense moments just before students arrived with an unexpected torrential downpour – not the ideal conditions for this type of process! Luckily the sun appeared just at the right moment and the objects carefully arranged by the pupils developed beautifully on the sensitised paper.
Whilst the cyanotype images processed pupils learnt all about a printing process called monoprinting and had a go for themselves. This form of printmaking allows you to create unique freeform printed images and relies on careful mark-making. Much to their delight all the pupils created beautiful images which they could take away with them from the session.
The workshop was a joy to run, the pupils were amazing and totally engaged in every aspect of this special learning experience.