Cyanotype Photography Class

Matthews Opera House and Arts Center, Spearfish, SD Category: Arts, Antiques, Crafts


The Matthews offers a one-day class on Cyanotype photography taught by local artist and BHSU photography instructor, Seth Harwood. The course is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, in the Fireplace Room at The Matthews (second floor). Class cost is $40, plus tax. All materials are provided. Register for the course during business hours, Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Register online anytime at

The cyanotype course gives photographers and fans of photography the rare opportunity to practice a kinesthetic medium. The cyanotype process was one of the first non-silver technologies used to create photographic images. Originated in the 1840s, it was not utilized in mainstream photography and was adopted as a copying technique, becoming known by the term “blueprint,” with its blue background reproductions of large architectural and mechanical drawings.

The class is limited to 15 people, ages 16 years and up. Cyanotype chemistry kit, watercolor paper, and brushes are all provided. Registrations must be received by the end of day, Sunday, Dec. 31.