Cyanotypes and Anthotypes: Historic Processes at Home with Sean Blocklin (Online Learning – Five Sessions)
Photo by Nicole Ott, past student

Cyanotypes and Anthotypes: Historic Processes at Home with Sean Blocklin (Online Learning – Five Sessions)

  • August 1, 2021
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • August 8, 2021
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • August 15, 2021
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • August 22, 2021
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • August 29, 2021
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Online Learning Class via Zoom

For anyone missing hands-on photographic processes, cyanotypes and anthotypes are fun, safe and easy wasy to print at home. This class will give you the knowledge and confidence to start making prints with minimal space and resources.

Classes will start with a history and explanation of the process followed by demonstrations and time to work. Finally, considerations are made for taking prints to the next level including layering, toning and alternate substrates.

Students will leave with the ability to make beautiful prints whether in an at-home or studio environment.

Day 1
• Introductions
• History of Cyanotypes
• Explanation of Materials
• Overview of the Process
• Photogram Examples
• Basic Process Demonstration (Photogram)
• Time to make 1 print.
• Homework: Make 5 photograms showing object, texture, image, and a combination

Day 2
• Review student work
• Process Review
• Examples
• Considerations for Negatives/Objects for printing
• Alternate washing techniques
• Time to work
• Wrap-up and questions
• Homework: Make 5 prints from different negative types – negatives, printouts, cutouts, drawings.

Day 3
• Review student work
• Next steps
o Layering
o Wet printing
o Alternative materials
• Time to work
• Homework: Make a print with a minimum of 3 layers

Day 4
• Review student work
• Bleaching/Toning
• Anthotype History/Examples
• Anthotype Demonstration
• Homework: One anthotype. Send in 5 final prints for student showcase next week.

Day 5
• Final wrap-up: Discussion of processes, questions and issues.
• Showcase of student work

Students will be required to purchase chemistry beforehand. Bostick & Sullivan is recommended (

Sean Blocklin

Sean Blocklin is a photographer and lab manager, who moved from Jersey City to sunny California to spend more time in a darkroom. He studied at Pratt, beginning with a focus on film and video, before shifting to photography, as he found he preferred to tell a story in a single frame. While in college, he began working for Chuck Kelton (master printer, Kelton Labs), whom he assisted for 6 years, having the privilege to print for Lou Stettner, Mary Ellen Mark, Danny Lyon, and many more. He also assisted the artist Hale Gurland, doing small to large format photography and sculpture. Now working at Santa Monica College as the Studio & Lab Manager, Sean enjoys combining his passions for photography and mentoring to guide burgeoning artists.
A link for the Zoom class meeting will be emailed to the attendees about one week prior to the start date. Please read the instructions included in the email. If you have additional questions please contact Kevin Weinstein or Janis McGavin at

Five Sessions
Dates: Sundays, August 1-29, 11 am – 2 pm PST
Enrollment Limit: 15 students
Skill/Experience Level: Open to all levels
Tuition: $345




This course will be meeting online via Zoom. We encourage you to install and test the software on your device prior to the class.

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