29 May 2021
Free Drawing School: Sunlight Printmaking
Join Free Drawing School artist in residence Kirsty McKeown in making your own cyanotype prints inspired by the newly restored fernery and walled garden at Hospitalfield.
Cyanotype, a cross between photography and printmaking, uses iron salts and light to produce prints with a striking Prussian blue colour. At 179 years old it is one of the oldest printmaking techniques around; originally invented by John Herschel as a method of reproducing scientific notes as ‘blueprints’ it was in 1843 that Anna Atkins produced the first cyanotype artworks through the creation of an album of seaweed and algae specimens.
During her 2020-21 residency at Hospitalfield’s Free Drawing School. artist Kirsty McKeown has been researching women’s history in the Arbroath and Angus area and has been exploring drawing and alternative camera-less photographic processes such as cyanotypes and photograms. Taking inspiration from the cyanotype artworks of Anna Atkins as well as the work of Angus Botanist Ursula K. Duncan in these workshops you will use botanical specimens, stencils and digital negatives to produce a series of your own cyanotypes as well as working collaboratively on a large cyanotype banner to be displayed around the grounds of Hospitalfield House.
All materials will be provided, and we will be using pre-coated paper so the mess will be minimal. However, it is recommended that you bring an apron or wear old clothes in-case of splashes that may stain.
11.30am – 1.00pm, Saturday 29 May
2.00pm – 3.30pm, Saturday 29 May
Families welcome. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Six households at each session with no more than three per household.