Follow along with this easy video to create your own Camera Obscura!
Our Education team are bringing some of their family workshops to you online so that you can get creative at home! Follow the steps in the video below and make your own camera obscura, inspired by the early type of camera used by artists, including perhaps by Johannes Vermeer when he painted Lady Writing a Letter with her Maid!
You can share your creations with us on our online channels using #NationalGalleryIRLAtHome, or email them to us at [email protected] - we'd love to see how you get on!
This activity, which would normally have taken place in the Maples Group Creative Space, is now brought to you online.
National Gallery of Ireland at Home
Make your own Camera Obscura!Play
- Baking paper (or the bag from a cereal box)
- Toilet roll insert
- Kitchen roll insert
- Sticky tape
- Draw a circle on your baking parchment or cereal bag, and cut around it
- Cover one end of your kitchen paper insert with it.
- Make sure it's flat, and then stick it in place by taping down the sides.
- Now take your toilet paper insert, and cover one end of it with tinfoil.
- Using your tack or pin, pop a hole in the centre of the tinfoil.
- Take your toilet paper insert, and place the uncovered end on top of the uncovered end of your kitchen paper roll, and stick them together.
- Decorate them however you'd like!
- Now, take a peek through, pointing it towards the light.
- Everything is now reflected upside down!
Thank you to Fia Nic Con Iomaire, aged 5
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