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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Cyanotype Prints

Created on October 10, 2017 by Karimarie

Students will use Cyanotype paper to create prints documenting foliage on school grounds during different seasons.

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2 sessions; 35 minutes per session

1. SWBAT define cyanotype print and how it relates to Photography.

2. SWBAT create a visually engaging work of art.

3. SWBAT document and learn about nature found on school grounds.

1. Cyanotype paper
(I used the fabric cyanotype paper because it produces stronger blues, however Nature Print Paper can be used and is more budget friendly)

2. Water and tray to process paper

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1. Share the history of Cyanotypes and show different uses of this photographic technique.

Have students gather the materials they would like to use and work on creating a composition.

2. Have students finalize composition and carry all materials outside. Once outside have them pin down foliage onto cyanotype paper and allow the sun to process (the fabric paper will process even if its cloudy-it just takes longer)

Once the paper changes color rinse with water for 5 minutes and allow to finish processing for 24 hours.

Class critique and students understanding of the cyanotype process.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses
[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices

Visual Arts Standard 4:
Understanding the visual arts in relation to history and cultures

[5-8] Students analyze, describe, and demonstrate how factors of time and place (such as climate, resources, ideas, and technology) influence visual characteristics that give meaning and value to a work of art

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[K-4] Students understand there are different responses to specific artworks


Balance, Form, Shape, Space, Variety