There's a place in heaven for the photography instructor who teaches an Alternative Processes class. The curriculum can be a risky, succession of methods including cyanotype, Van Dyke and other classic techniques that almost guarantee a few technical mishaps and a failure or two.
So why bother? The alternative processes are all about creativity and branching out from the strict discipline of Photography 101. It's exhilarating to "try on" special processes like costumes in a play and when a photographer finds the process that matches his or her images, the clouds part and the angels sing!