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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions

Adult courses

Cyanotype: A Bold Blue Art Form

Week 2: July 15-21, 2018

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Begun in the 1840s with the harnessing of the sun to make botanical images, the uniquely bold and blue cyanotype is experiencing an exciting renaissance today. Worldwide, galleries display its modern iterations: drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, architecture, fashion, and digital media. With artists and photographers Jennifer Gioffre and David Todd, we will make creative images using techniques both in the darkroom and under the sun.

After a visit to the Kroch Library's collection of Liberty Hyde Bailey cyanotypes, we'll experiment with the full printing processes: hand-coating surfaces with light-sensitive chemicals, exposing them under the summer sun, and washing them to reveal the final images, permanently imprinted in elegant blues on surfaces from fabric and paper to unglazed pottery and wood. By week's end, we'll all have the skills necessary to continue printing on our own. Materials fee: $120.

Jennifer Gioffre

Jennifer Gioffre is the Art and Photography Studio manager in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning where she guides students through their discovery of the darkroom and photographic technology. She has completed extensive research combining digital and nineteenth-century photographic... > more

David Todd

David Todd is a conceptual artist engaged in redefining photography today. He has been both a visiting scholar, as well as the Advanced Digital Media lab coordinator in Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. His interest in photography as... > more


Once you've registered, we'll send you materials on the academic program and other information to help you prepare for CAU. A $50 per person, per class, non-refundable deposit is required with your registration. All deposits are applied to the full program charges. Register now!

Program charges

Below are the program fees and housing choices for the on-campus summer programs. Please contact us if you have questions.

For adults staying on campus, the program fee (per adult, per week) includes the course, lodging, fifteen all-you-care-to-eat meals, banquet dinner, coffee breaks, hospitality hours, evening lectures, walks and talks, welcome and farewell receptions, conference-lot parking fees, and use of most of Cornell’s campus facilities. Some courses have additional fees as noted. Wednesday dinner is on your own. Some campus facilities, such as the golf course, also charge specific user fees.

Standard room, on-campus housing, and meals

$1,970 double occupancy, $100 single supplement

Standard room, on-campus housing with exclusive bath, and meals

$2,030 double occupancy, $150 single supplement

Course fee for commuters and those staying at Hilton Homewood Suites

$1,285. This fee does not include housing or meals. If you wish to stay at Hilton Homewood Suites, please call 607.266.0000 to make a reservation in the CAU block.

Commuter meal plan option

$327. Most CAUers staying at Hilton Homewood Suites select our meal plan for the week in order to enjoy the full CAU experience. It includes six breakfasts, five lunches, and four dinners.