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May 13, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Simple sketch of a pinhole camera
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STEAM Class: Camera Obscura

Thursday, May 13, 2021

For Ages 6-Adult: Learn about early photography with MoAD, and make your own Camera Obscura!

Educators from the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) will share early photographs and discuss how African Americans quickly embraced the technology to tell their stories through pictures. 

Then, learn about Camera Obscura, one of the key inventions that led to photography, and create one of your own. Once finished, with the help of the sun, our cameras will be ready to make images appear upside-down! 
Ages: This workshop is ideal for ages 6 and up, and you do not have to have any artistic background to participate. 
You’ll Need
  • Markers
  • Paper towel tube
  • White 8.5 x11 printer paper 
  • Aluminum foil (the length of printer paper)
  • Wax paper or parchment paper (the length of printer paper)
  • Scissors
  • Masking or clear tape of any color
  • A pin, paperclip, or sharp pencil
About the Museum of the African Diaspora
MoAD, a contemporary art museum, celebrates Black cultures, ignites challenging conversations and inspires learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora. The museum opened in San Francisco in 2005 and is a Smithsonian affiliate.

This free event received partial funding support from the Friends of the Menlo Park Library.