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Lesson Plans


darkroom for 30

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Sidnie Miller (sidmill.edu)
Sat, 14 Sep 1996 10:31:25 -0700 (PDT)


Dear Alix, I painted all the windows black. At first I taped block out
black visquine vinyl over everything but it had too many leaks. I also
put strips of black plastic over the cracks in the door. I put up a
baffle curtain around the door so that if anyone came in unexpectedly they
wouldn't let in light. I pushed all the tables(covered with black paper)
in the center of the room
and set up 2 red lights from the ceiling. I also have a single 60 watt
bulb in the center of the room from the ceiling. In the back of the room
I have another red light hanging from the ceiling and below it I put the 3
development fluid trays--the sink with a photo washer arrangement is right
next to that table. When we start out I threaten the heck out of thekids
about squirreling around in the dark and I got cooperation from the
principles of remove anyone who is annoying. We all have to work together
so the first couple of times it will be really obvious who doesn't listen
to any spoken instruction. When we do pinhole cameras we grab cameras
keeping track of where we put the lid. I turn out the lights, turn on the
red light and hand out photo paper. They insert, put on lid, we turn on
the lights and everyone goes out to take a picture. Then we wait till
everyone returns, turn out lights and develop. They can only get one
picture per class period. They can also expose paper to photograms or
cliche verre pieces, but they have to wait till everyone comes back in
from using their cameras(make sure they don't open them yet) get dark,
give out more paper for photograms etc. flash the 60 watt bulb for about
as long as it takes to push in and pull out an extension cord plug, then
everyone develops everything together. My photography method is very
sloppy and I'm sure would offend a good photographer but it works and we
learn quite a bit about the basic principles of photography. I wish I
could give credit to the lady from Alabama who worked this all out and
presented at NAEA workshop in Baltimore. MY kids love it!!Sid

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