The main purpose of this workshop is to stimulate the creativity
of children by a new ways of thinking such that they are able to create
new objects or instruments out of old ones. The workshop shows kids
how they can make an advanced instrument, like a pinhole camera, out
simple objects like illy coffee cans and demonstrates that they can
use the can to obtain very good and peculiar pictures.
Pinhole cameras made from illy coffee cans were used
in a children’s workshop for Biella’s “Festival
dei Bambini”. Children learned the theory of light and how to
use it for capturing photos, and they developed a particular understanding
of what the pinhole camera will portray at the end. During the first
try we helped children in this process.
We began the developing process inside the dark room, helping them
to get images out of the camera.
At first they were incredulous and asked if the pinholes were really
boxes with developed photographs inside, but after we showed them
how to take pictures and how to develop them, they really started
thinking and made experiments of their own.
Such pinhole cameras have been the subject of previous workshops in
Palestine as well as Italy, and the idea is to organize more in Italy
and in other parts of the world.