Learn the Cyanotype photography process | Jan. 6

November 9, 2017

Cyantotype, an alternative process photography class, is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, in the Fireplace Room at The Matthews (second floor). Seth Harwood of Spearfish is the instructor. The class is offered to persons 16 years and up. The class costs $40 per person (plus tax). All materials are provided. Registrations must be confirmed by Dec. 31.

Registration Details:
Saturday, January 6, 2018
10 a.m.
Ages 16 years and up.
$40 (plus tax)

The Cyanotype Process
The cyanotype process was one of the first non-silver technologies used to create photographic images. Originated in the 1840s, it was not utilized in mainstream photography and was adopted as a copying technique, becoming known by the term “blueprint,” with its blue background reproductions of large architectural and mechanical drawings.

The class

The cyanotype course is taught by Seth Harwood, local artist, and BHSU photography instructor. The goal of this course is to expose individuals who otherwise might not have the opportunity to practice a kinesthetic medium. The cyanotype process was the first realized non-silver photographic process, originating around 1842. This is an excellent gateway into the world of alternative photographic processes and can be an exciting open experience into the tactile photographic arts.


  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. – Lecture explaining process
  • 10:30 a.m. – Noon – Demo for coating paper, prepping materials for exposure
  • Noon to 1 p.m. – Lunch Break (not provided)
  • 1 to 3 p.m. – Expose cyanotypes, wash cyanotypes

Class size | Materials | Cost

Class size is limited to 15 people – ages 16 years and up. Semi-professional artists, photography amateurs, and professionals are all welcome.

All materials provided in class cost: Cyanotype chemistry kit, watercolor paper, brushes.

Registrations must be received by end of day, Sunday, Dec. 31. Online registration is available on that day since the gallery will be closed.

About Seth Harwood

Seth Harwood is an artist native of the Black Hills of South Dakota. He has a background in Architecture and Design with a B.S. in Architectural Studies from South Dakota State University. Harwood received his Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Academy of Art University. He has been featured both nationally and internationally, spanning from Los Angeles, CA, to Melbourne, Australia. Currently, Seth is an adjunct professor of Photography at Black Hills State University, where he works to show his students that a passion can become a career.

Per Seth: My work is reflective of the vehicular landscape that the American Midwest was built around. This road culture is always shedding the old for the new, and in its wake, leaving these pockets of nostalgia, rust, and comfortable stillness. It’s this facet of our rural landscape that I find so exhilarating to draw inspiration from; a landscape heavily saturated with rundown automobiles, and neon-lined motels. Scenes so beautifully lost to time, that they feel almost cinematic in their presentation. I am constantly chasing that sensation of mystic solitude and nostalgia that is so delicately littered along the vehicular landscape of the American Midwest.


Registration Details:
Saturday, January 6, 2018
10 a.m.
Ages 16 years and up.
$40 (plus tax)

Sponsored by…

Thank you to the sponsors that help us bring art shows, plays, concerts, and other live entertainment acts to The Matthews.  We couldn’t do it without you.  

KEVN Black Hills, South Dakota Arts Council, Great Western Bank, Killian’s Tavern, Black Hills Pioneer, Bay Leaf Cafe, City of Spearfish, DeSmet and Biggs, LLP, Forcoli & Sons Painting, Wolff’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Lucky’s 13 Pub, Spearfish Holiday Inn, The Apple Blossom B&B, Spearfish Motors, The Real Estate Center of Spearfish, Zonta Club of Spearfish, Optimist Club of Spearfish, The Matthews’ family, The Kelley family — CLICK HERE to visit these sponsors’ business websites.

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Our Sponsors

KEVN Black Hills Fox
Holiday Inn
Black Hills Pioneer
  • Spearfish
  • Spearfish Motors
  • Wolff's Plumbing & Heating
  • South Dakota Arts Council
  • Great Western Bank
  • Lucky's 13 Pub
  • Real Estate Center of Spearfish
  • TDG
  • Killian's Food & Drink
  • DeSmet and Biggs, LLP
  • Mitchell's Barber Shop
  • Prairie Hills Transit