Pinhole Photography

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The eighth grade artists have been discovering photography over the past few weeks. This unit begins with an intro to light. They have a pretty solid grasp of it from their Physics class. I talk a bit more about how light plays a role in art (and just about everything else). We talk about how light moves in a straight line and how the image is flipped vertically inside of their pinhole camera. Then they get to building their own pinhole cameras. We use the following materials,

  • sandpaper
  • black spray paint
    I cannot even begin to explain how excited 8th graders are when you tell them they can use spray paint
  • soda cans
  • black electrical tape
  • hot glue guns
  • black paper
  • sewing needles
  • oatmeal cylinders, coffee containers, tin tea boxes, this year someone even tried using a Chinese food takeout container
  • photo paper that is 4″ x 5″
  • a darkroom

Some were successful and others were a F.A.I.L. (or as I prefer, First Attempt In Leaning). They experimented with exposure times and developing their photo paper in the darkroom. Some had successful exposures. Others were not as lucky.

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