Reflecting Blue: Cyanotypes on Glass
© Claudia Cortínez

Reflecting Blue: Cyanotypes on Glass

Dates: Wednesdays, Sep 27–Oct 25, 2023
Time: 12–2pm (ET)
Sessions: 5
Limited enrollment: 8 students
Fee: $360
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Cyanotype is a photographic process that uses iron compounds, sunlight, and water to create uniquely blue images. This course will focus on both traditional and experimental methods of cyanotype printing, beginning with the basics and expanding into printing on glass and mirrors. Through lectures, hands-on instruction/experimentation, and group discussions, students will create preliminary test prints and hone their skills while printing onto hand-coated glass, exploring the conceptual and formal possibilities of this translucent, fragile, and reflective material. We’ll discuss a variety of skills, covering the entire cyanotype process including creating digital negatives, photogram printing, and preparing sheets of glass and mirror with emulsion for printing. This class is intended for anyone interested in delving deeper into this historic process while creating unique physical prints on glass.


Please note: You'll receive a list of easy-to-obtain materials you'll need for the class once you register.
The cyanotype class of Claudia was really mind blowing for me! Exploring this new printing technique and creating digital negatives has really opened a new window that I want to incorporate in my photographic practise. Claudia has been a very inspiring teacher. She went thoroughly through the process of cyanotype on glass as well as her own practise and work of other contemporary and historical artists using cyanotype printing techniques. I also very much appreciated the attention Claudia gave to our individual projects/ideas, pointing to artworks and ways of working we might find relevant and inspiring.
—Eugenia (Berlin)
The cyanotype class was super interesting and I liked Claudia's way of sharing very generously her knowledge over a technique she has long been working on; I find it not so common, artists tend to keep their “tricks” for themselves. And I really enjoyed sharing this class with such a wonderful group of people. The challenge was to make us work on something very manual, from a distance and through a video screen and, in my opinion, she succeeded greatly.
—Lara (France)

Claudia Cortínez
Claudia Cortínez

Claudia Kaatziza Cortínez is an Argentine/Chilean/American artist and educator. She has exhibited her work, curated exhibitions, and organized educational projects in the US and Latin America for over a decade. Her studio practice combines printmaking, sculptural, and photographic techniques that depict urban and domestic architecture as sites of reflection and transformation. Central to her work is experimenting with materials such as paper pulp and light sensitive chemistry to capture imprints of spaces and objects, and how the residue of these imprints can communicate a larger socio-political narrative. Claudia is co-founder of LAZO, an art collective that brings together Latinx artists to create participatory projects and exhibitions. Claudia received her BFA from Rhodes Island School of Design (RISD) and MFA from Yale. Recent awards and residencies include the Yale Norfolk Teaching Fellowship, Silver Art Projects Residency, Rema Hort Mann Grant, Center for Book Arts Residency, Lower East Side Printshop Residency, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) Community Engagement Grant among others. She is currently an artist in residence with her collective LAZO at The Clemente in New York City.

Claudia teaches alternative processes   for StrudelmediaLive.