The Art of Optics!
Teacher: Allison Zimmer
Mat fees: $30
Cost: $230 or $210 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments
This class is part art art making, part history and part science! We'll study optics and illusions by making thaumatropes, zoetropes, phenikistiscopes! We will build things like a camera obscura to learn how to draw with perspective. We’ll also make a room size pinhole camera to understand the concept of a lens. This course will delve deep into the history of science as it intersects with vision, perspective and optical Illusions. This is a hands on art, science and history course.
A thaumatrope is a toy that was popular in the 19th century. A disk with a picture on each side is attached to two pieces of string. When the strings are twirled quickly between the fingers the two pictures appear to blend into one due to the persistence of vision
A zoetrope is a 19th-century optical toy consisting of a cylinder with a series of pictures on the inner surface that, when viewed through slits with the cylinder rotating, give an impression of continuous motion
The phenakistoscope was an early animation device that used the Persistence of vision principle to create an illusion of motion.
A camera obscura is a darkened box with a convex lens or aperture for projecting the image of an external object onto a screen inside of the box.