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M3: Chemistry

August 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this class, we will introduce you to the beautiful art of cyanotype printing! This photographic process is also known as sun printing because the sun can be utilized as the main light source for your exposures (or a UV lamp works when the sun isn’t out, because it is Pittsburgh after all…). Cyanotype printing is unique in that it allows you to use real life objects to produce beautiful Prussian blue prints on paper. We will lead you through the cyanotype print making process from start to finish, beginning with a discussion of the specific tools and supplies involved, as well as options for prepping your cyanotype solution and paper. You will then experiment with exposures by using different objects to produce your unique prints. You’ll also have the option to use common household ingredients to tone your cyanotype different shades aside from the classic blue! Lastly, you will learn to rinse and dry out your prints so they are complete and ready to show!

M3 (Materials, Media, and Me) is Assemble’s summertime Saturday program, running from 1pm-3pm. It’s a free workshop for kids ages 5-10 to get to know the material world around them!

M3 uses an educational approach known as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). STEAM-based learning explores the similar ways that scientists, makers, and artists approach projects. At M3, students learn through experience as local experts guide them through the design process. Each week, a different artist or technologist will introduce a material, show students how they use the material, and lead them through a project.


August 3, 2019
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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(412) 254 - 4320


4824 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15224 United States
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(412) 661-6111
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