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Teen Science Café: Printing with Cyanotypes

Explora Science Center
Event organized by Explora Science Center

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FREE for Teens: Meet other teens and meet local scientists. Find out about their work and career. Free snacks, free science talk, demo, or activity. No advance registration needed.

This month’s topic: The Art and Science of Printing with Cyanotypes

Guest Scientist:
Denise Thompson, Youth Intern Program Manager and Explora Educator

Ever wondered where the word “blueprint” comes from? In this Teen Science Café, we’ll explore a 174-year-old photographic printing process—cyanotype—and then give it our own creative twist. A cyanotype is an art medium that produces brilliant blue images. It was once used for copying architectural drawings; people now use it in creative processes. After learning the history and chemistry of cyanotypes, we’ll mix the chemicals needed to compose, expose, and develop our own photograms.

Funding assistance for Teen Science Café provided by the Urban Enhancement Trust Fund of the City of Albuquerque.