Originally designed for the Brighton Photo Fringe in 2012, Upside Down looks at lens refraction through a series of engaging activities. Participants have the opportunity to make their own hand-held camera obscura, explore a whole room camera obscura and play with lenses, lights and a home made slide projector.
This workshop has since been repeated at schools and festivals around England and has been adapted for special schools to include simple, exploratory activities in reflection and refraction that are more suitable for pupils who do not feel able to join in the main activity.
I recently extended this program to include a new workshop. Light Pictures looks at photosensitive materials and includes cyanotype (sun) printing and a polaroid photo booth.
These workshops cover National Curriculum science learning objectives from KS 1-3.