cyanotype prints of leavesAn Aug. 20 workshop at Art Windsor-Essex led by UWindsor graphic designer Sarah Smitherman will use natural materials to make cyanotype prints.

Solar photography subject of session

A workshop Sunday, Aug. 20, at Art Windsor-Essex will teach participants how to capture summer by using the sun to create cyanotype images.

Cyanotype is a monochrome printing technique that involves placing objects on a surface — paper, in this instance — prepared with a light-sensitive emulsion.

“We will arrange foliage and other material on cyanotype paper before going outside and exposing them to the sun,” says instructor Sarah Smitherman, a graphic designer in the UWindsor Department of Public Affairs and Communications. “After developing the cyanotypes, we will push our creativity by making additional marks on the paper.”

Her series of Sundays in the Studio! workshops introduces ways to incorporate natural materials in making art. “Creating Images with the Sun” is the third in the series; each is conducted on a drop-in basis, free with admission to the gallery, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the second-floor Education Studio at 401 Riverside Dr. West.

The series will conclude on Aug. 27 with “Creating Prints with Nature,” as participants make monoprints with varying types of leaves.