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The Magic of Cyanotypes

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will learn the history of the cyanotype process and how the chemicals used in cyanotypes react to light. Students will create their own cyanotype images with found objects.

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Areas of Study

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Lesson Objectives

Students will be introduced to the origins and history of cyanotypes.

Students will learn how cyanotype chemicals react to light.

Students will create a cyanotype using found objects.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Introduce students to the history of cyanotypes.
  • Show how cyanotype chemicals react to light.
  • Demonstrate how to create a contact print.
  • Support students in making their own cyanotype print.

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National Standards


Create

Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

VA:Cr2.3.7a

Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.

VA:Cr2.3.8a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

40 minutes

Demonstration Time

15 minutes

Student Studio Time

50 minutes

Supplies and Materials

  • Cyanotype pre-coated paper or cyanotype chemicals and watercolor paper
  • Leaves, cut out shapes, flowers
  • Plexiglass or glass clip frames
  • Tray

National Standards


Create

Apply visual organizational strategies to design and produce a work of art, design, or media that clearly communicates information or ideas.

VA:Cr2.3.7a

Select, organize, and design images and words to make visually clear and compelling presentations.

VA:Cr2.3.8a

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Steps

Introduction

Examine the origin and history of cyanotypes and how the cyanotype chemicals respond to light.

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Instructional Materials

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How to Create a Cyanotype

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Reflection

First, Then, Next Finally

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