Blueprint for the Future

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In asking the pupils to imagine a future world, and to pen a letter to their current selves from that imagined future, the project encourages critical thinking and asks participating pupils to consider what impact they can make on the world around them as well as their place within society today. It develops literacy skills through the art of letter writing and the blueprint photography process of cyanotype.

The project is primarily aimed at S3 pupils who have selected to take art, although not exclusively.

Pupils working on their cyanotype blueprints

The pupils have a 90mins preparatory workshop which takes place in school and introduces them to the project concepts, letter writing and developing their ideas in advance of the practical workshop at the Hub. The second workshop is two hours long and takes the letters and work produced in the first workshop and integrates these with the photographic process of cyanotype. The pupils create a minimum of two prints – one for them to keep, and one that we will exhibit during the International Festival as part of an installation using the art work of all the schools involved.

Pupils looking at their cyanotype blueprintsCyanotype, which is an early blueprinting method, was invented by Sir John Herschel in the 1840s. The process works by using ultraviolet light to produce an imprint of text or image on material coated in particular chemicals (Ammonium Ferric Citrate and Potassium Ferricyanide). It was a simple and relatively low-cost technique which was used to replicate plans and technical drawings.

If you would like to request further information about the project or take the project to your school, please contact our Creative Learning team at

Read our blog about Blueprint for the Future workshops

Finished blueprints made by pupils