Visiting Artists turned the 4th grade trailer into a Camera Obscura. Camera Obscura loosely translates to "Dark Room". It is essentially how a camera works. Create a light tight container, add a lens, and allow the image to be projected on the opposing wall. This is how many artists use to create work as shown in the diagram below.
The 4th grade scientists returned to a room that was completely darkened up except for one small hole. After the lights were turned off and our eyes adjusted we began to see the outside projected inside the classroom. (Unfortunately we did not take pictures of this sequence) Researchers inquired about how they were seeing an image of the outside world in their classroom. This questioning led to experimenting with filters over our lens and how the suns rays travel in to the classroom.
They later reflected on this experiment and the inquiries it led too relating it back to the science book.
The Fourth Grade teachers alongside Art Teachers at Lee Elementary contribute to this blog by sharing happenings in their individual classrooms.