Experiment with Cyanotypes

July 15 - July 16


Experiment with Cyanotypes

Experiment with Cyanotypes

This is a 2-day workshop.  Classes run 9-4pm with lunch included.

Cyanotypes are the oldest form of photography, first used to document plant specimens by Victorian botanists. These camera-less images are a simple, safe, and ecologically friendly technique, which encourage experimentation and spontaneity. Participants will make Cyanotype prints from locally gathered plants using three different techniques during this fun and exploratory, two-day workshop. We will learn the basic chemistry required to prepare surfaces for cyanotype printing, as well as exposure timings and methodologies, experimental approaches, and developing, toning and drying prints.

The first day of the workshop will be devoted to making both traditional and contemporary cyanotypes. The second day will be an opportunity for participants to explore the techniques of their individual interest, with the support of the instructor. The workshop will end with a sharing and talking about results. Cyanotypes are especially suited for working with botanical materials, but many objects, transparent or opaque can also be used to make images, including high-contract transparencies.

Cyanotypes are a non-toxic, hands-on photographic printmaking method that is suitable for photographers of all ability levels. This session includes all of the supplies needed to create these prints. Participants are also asked to bring their own naturally obtained materials, such as leaves, feathers, lace, flowers, and other items that may be utilized to produce markings and shapes on their prints. Other materials will be provided by instructor and will be included in the Material Fee.


  • Student Supply List: (Click HERE): Students are responsible for bringing the supplies listed.
  • Materials Fee: $82
  • Course Level: All Skill Levels
  • Course Prerequisites: No experience necessary

Price: $444

This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars


Phyllis Schwartz is a multidisciplinary artist who works in photography, ceramics and publishing. She received the Canon Photography Award after graduating from Emily Carr University with a concentration in photography. Her work is in public, corporate, and private collections and has been installed, exhibited, and published locally, nationally, and internationally.

Click here to read more about PHYLLIS SCHWARTZ

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If you need to make a cancellation, please complete MISSA's on-line cancellation form. Phone or email correspondence will not be accepted.

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BEFORE May 1: For each course withdrawal, a refund for tuition and any applicable supply fee will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee.

May 2 – June 29: For each course withdrawal, a tuition credit for MISSA 2024 will be issued, minus a $50 administrative fee. Any applicable supply fee will be fully refunded.

AFTER June 30: Course withdrawals made after this date are not eligible for credits or refunds.

If MISSA must cancel a workshop, students will be offered an alternative workshop. If the 2023 program is completely canceled (due to COVID restrictions for for any other force majeure), a full refund will be given (tuition, material fee and accommodation) or a MISSA credit will be offered.

On-campus accommodations may be cancelled at any time prior to arrival and will be refunded, less a $50 deposit fee, via Paypal within 30 days after receipt of the cancellation request form.

Refunds will be issued within 30 days of confirmed receipt of MISSA's online cancellation form and will be processed through PayPal.

No refunds will be processed during the MISSA Summer Program.


This price includes daily lunch, material fees, applicable taxes and is listed in Canadian Dollars.