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Lesson Plans

re portraits: cheap mirrors!

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E Hess (ehess)
Mon, 04 Oct 1999 20:10:04 -0500

While reviewing the depths of supply closets this summer, I came across
big flat boxes of expired color print film. This was large stuff--maybe
18 x 27? It must be from a professional photographer or photo store. I
don't know...but it was just like Mylar! So I cut it down, folded a
piece of cardboard in half and taped a piece of film to each side.
Viola! Mirrors! Yes, they were slightly curved at the top, following
the slight bend in the cardboard, but the kids thought that "funhouse"
quality was neat. If the kids hunkered down a little, the image was

The best part was cheap mirrors!

The second best part was that the image was slightly grainy. Kids
couldn't see fine details like eyelashes. I think this helped them see
the shapes and spacial relationships better.

The third best part--having mirrors of opposite sides shielded the kids
from each other, helped them focus on their own work.

These turned out so well. I hope you can find some of this film for
your classes.

:) Jeannie in PA