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  • 1. Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] A WebQuest for Photography 1 (8 th and 9 th grade) Designed by Heidi West [email_address] Based on a template from The WebQuest Page Photo by Matt Callow
  • 2. Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ]
      • The role of the artist is to communicate his or her view of the world to others. For years, photographers have been manipulating light and the world around them to emphasize what they find most important, most beautiful, most compelling.
      • You have already had some experience as photographers, recording the world around you, but have you ever wondered who got it all started? Have you ever wondered who did the first experiment with light and film? Have you ever wanted to get inside a camera and see how it all works when you press the button?
  • 3. Student Page Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Youve just been hired in the visual arts department of a company that specializes in recording the everyday lives of ordinary people for the purpose of historical documentation. All documentation your team produces must be on film for archival purposes, but unfortunately, there is no budget for cameras. Your task is to work as a team to come up with an inexpensive way of taking photos using any assortment of household materials you choose. Your resources consist of the information housed in this Webquest, an assortment of photo papers or films, the office (this classroom) and any household materials you find. You will also have access to developing supplies. You may also use the pinhole cameras you have already built in class. As a team of Visual Engineers, your task is to determine a way of taking photographs without modern cameras. Use the information presented in this Webquest as background knowledge and inspiration for your own photographic devices. Once you have a firm grasp on all necessary information, work together and come up with a proposal for the CEO, complete with a design, construction plan, and a sample photo. Title Photo by Pointnshoot (CC)
  • 4.
    • 1. Assign Roles: within the team, determine who is best fit for each of the following job descriptions:
      • Historical/ Cultural Expert :
      • What is the history of the camera? How have they been used in the past?
      • 2. Engineer/ Scientific Expert
      • How do cameras work? What should we know about building out camera/ photo-taking device?
      • 3. Secretary
      • What should we remember? How will we execute our plan (write out process)? Record conclusions at the end. How does the product reflect the process?
      • 4 . Designer/ Art Director
      • What should we take a picture of? How can our product reflect our process? What makes a good photograph? How have other artist allowed their process to dictate their product in terms of photography and types of tools used?
    Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Step 2
  • 5.
      • Read this overview of pinhole photography
        • Break up information according to roles chosen by each group member. Follow links on words that you do not know or look them up on an online dictionary.
          • Historical/ Cultural engineer will focus on the history of the camera, what is it used for, how artists might utilize different photographical processes. What did the first photographers use their cameras to record?
          • Engineer/ Scientific Expert will gather information on important aspects of construction. What important aspects of cameras make the process work?
          • Secretary will record the building process, any important information that should be remembered later
          • Designer/Art director will collect information on the way pinhole photos look, what should be considered when taking your own photos? Based on this method of photography, what sorts of information should you choose to record with your camera? What images would be most valuable with this form of photography?
    Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Step 3 Photo by Sicoativa (cc)
  • 6.
        • Check out these variations on the pinhole camera.
        • Multi-hole cameras
        • Double-Slit Cameras
        • Pinhole Sieve
        • Zone Plates
        • Re-loading disposable cameras
        • Record any ideas or flashes of inspiration that come about as you read over these sites. How can you use these adaptations on your own pinhole cameras that youve already built?
    Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Step 4
  • 7.
        • Check out these variations on the pinhole camera.
        • Multi-hole cameras
        • Double-Slit Cameras
        • Pinhole Sieve
        • Zone Plates
        • Re-loading disposable cameras
        • Record any ideas or flashes of inspiration that come about as you read over these sites. How can you use these adaptations for your own camera designs?
    Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Step 5
  • 8.
        • Check out what other artists have done with pinhole photography
          • Ann Hamilton
            • Artist at work (see photos 12-24)
            • Website
          • Pinhole Gallery
          • http://www.pinhole.com/gallery/bloomfield/1
          • http://www.pinhole.com/gallery/glorieux/1
          • http://www.pinhole.com/gallery/roth/1
          • http://www.pinhole.com/gallery/slepekis/1
          • http://www.pinhole.com/
          • http://www.pinholeresource.com/shop/home
          • http://www.popphoto.com/photographynewswire/4036/photography-contest-won-without-a-camera.html
        • Record any ideas or flashes of inspiration that come about as you read over these sites. What stood out? Why did these artists choose pinhole cameras as their means of communication?
    Student Page Title Introduction Task Process Evaluation Conclusion Credits [ Teacher Page ] Step 6
  • 9.
        • As a team, brainstorm alternative methods of taking photos. Everyone should share a few ideas they found interesting based on examples and the work of other artists.
        • It is the role of the secretary to record the brainstorming sessions while engineers and designers make sure to highlight important observations based on research
        • Once you have developed an idea, write a detailed plan of how you will build your camera. Your plan should be specific enough that teams after you can build t