Cyanotype Workshop for Beginners

Learn how to make sun printing magic at this Canberra workshop!

2 hours Class size 1 to 8 (public classes), 6 to 15

label $75 (or 4 payments of $18.75 Afterpay)

Looking for unique things to do in Canberra? Join artist Julie Ryder in an introduction to the cyanotype process - a fun way of creating photographs without a camera!

Commencing with a brief history of the technique and the woman who pioneered it, we will then use a variety of natural and man-made materials to create unique blueprints inspired by our natural environment, using the sun as our light source.

This express two-hour class gives you the opportunity to try the photogram technique using pressed leaves, flowers, seaweeds, grasses and seeds as well as exploring photo negatives. These prints are revealed by the sun to produce classic blue and white images.

You will experiment with this hands-on method using two to three paper prints before working on your DIY fabric project in an embroidery hoop to frame and display proudly in your home!

Knowledge required
This express workshop is for complete beginners who want to have a go at the cyanotype process. It is a fun and informative class to do by yourself, to do with a friend or to gift to someone special.
What you'll get
You will get two to three paper prints and one on fabric with an embroidery hoop to frame it in to take home.
What to bring
Parts of this workshop will be held outdoors, so remember to wear sunscreen and bring a hat. All other materials will be provided. As we use the sun to expose our prints, in the event of rain this workshop will have to be cancelled at short notice.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, birthday, hens party or bucks party.

This would also be a unique gift for her or gift for mum.

Julie Ryder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and adheres to COVID-19 government guidelines.

Additional precautions taken: Good ventilations, all tools and studio sanitised beforehand.


Weetangera, ACT

Exact location is anonymised for privacy. You'll get the specific address after booking.

Your teacher
Julie Ryder
Julie Ryder

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Julie Ryder is a Canberra-based textile designer who has gained national and international recognition for her work. She is a practising textile artist, designer and educator. Originally trained in science, Julie retrained as a textile designer at Melbourne Institute of Textiles and started her own design studio focussing on designing and hand-printing fabrics for home-wares, fashion and interiors. She complete a Master of Arts (Visual Arts - Textiles) at ANU in 2004.

Her hybrid practice combines her knowledge of science with her love of textiles, and she uses nature as both a muse and a co-collaborator. Natural materials are used for dyes and as materials for paper-based artworks.

Arts residencies at the Australian National Botanic Gardens, CSIRO, the National Museum of Australia, Rimbun Dahan, Hill End, Bundanon, Ireland, Iceland and Canada have all inspired continued research and produced significant bodies of work.

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Jude Hatfield Jun 2022

Julie's class was a treat! Her blend of warmth, kindness and professionalism, and her gorgeous garden studio were refreshing, encouraging and inspiring. I came home with several pieces to frame and the confidence and inspiration to experiment further with cyanotype.

Sue Oliver May 2022

I really enjoyed the class. Julie is an experienced artist and teacher. She was well prepared and has a great art studio. I loved all the pieces I created. Cyanotype doesn’t work well without sunlight so the weather impacts classes.

Cyanotype Workshop for Beginners review by Sue Oliver

Jennifer Kreis May 2022

Julie was a fantastic teacher, who took her time to explain everything clearly. Everything was well organised, plus she provided everything needed.

Textiles workshop review by Jennifer Kreis

Bronwyn Jones Feb 2022

Julie was fabulous. So organised, helpful and welcoming. Her studio is perfect for a weekend treat for frustrated arty types like me. I want to do more!

Cyanotype Workshop for Beginners review by Bronwyn Jones Sydney

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