Special Collections: Cyanotype & Paper Exploration

Monday, July 12th - Thursday, July 15th
Application Deadline: June 15th


The Program: 
Originally utilized for reproducing architectural drawings or “blueprints” and recording botanical studies, the photographic process of cyanotype has a rich history as a medium for documenting and collecting. In the course, students (ages 15-18) will engage with the cyanotype process and the concept of the multiple to convey visual collections in printing, bookmaking, paper weaving, and collaging. Projects will integrate bookmaking methods such as instant book, accordion, and pamphlet as a tool for compiling prints and collages. Demos in cyanotype, collage, paper weaving, and bookmaking will guide students through their visual explorations.

Emma Barnes is a multi-disciplinary artist from South Carolina. She attended the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities with a focus in Visual Art. In 2014, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor's in Painting & Printmaking and a double major in Gender Studies. After graduating she co-founded Guard n' Flags, a custom screen printing business in Richmond, VA. Emma has worked as a teaching artist and advisor for Responsible Artistry Nonprofit and as a volunteer for the Beaufort Arts Council. In 2019 she attended Athena Standards, an art residency in Athens, Greece. She was chosen by the South Carolina Commission for the Arts for their state Artist Directory. Emma is currently a MFA Painting and Photography candidate in the Alfred/ Düsseldorf program.

You will attend classes and discussions via an online, virtual platform. Further information, including a detailed program schedule and online platform details, will be sent upon acceptance.

The cost is $100. A deposit of $50 is required.

How To Apply:
We are partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Acceptance Next Steps:
The program director will evaluate all applications and determine who will be accepted. Acceptance and non-acceptance notifications will be sent via email. Once campers are accepted, they will be directed to pay the camp tuition and will be provided with the official schedule and online platform information. Any questions should be directed to Emma Barnes.

Lecture – First I will introduce myself and some of my own work with cyanotype. Then I will present a slideshow introduction to the history of cyanotype printing. The lecture will survey the traditional practices of cyanotype printers like botanist Anna Atkins, as well as the use of cyanotype by modern artists like Robert Rauschenberg. (1 hour)

Demo - Thorough cyanotype printing demo. The demo will give students a chance to see how different objects will expose to light, how paper cut outs or photo transparencies can be used, and the range of blue tones that can be accomplished.

Students will be encouraged to create one cyanotype by the end of class with online assistance. (1 hour 30 mins)

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week learning more about a favorite subject and meeting other students who share your interests.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.