My fourth grade is stuck in the 19th century for the first couple of art class units. We just finished a unit on 19th century architecture. Our next project is learning about facial proportions and drawing and painting self-portraits in the style of 19th century photography.
I put together a terrible slide show to help my class understand the history of the camera, and to gain some knowledge about 19th century photography's unique look.
It was a terrible slide show.
I put way too much unnecessary information in it, and I'm pretty sure the kids ended up more confused than before. I knew it was heading south when I kept trying to compare film and digital, but explaining that the 19th century pictures weren't film... Ugh. You get the idea.
After class I immediately searched for "History of Photography for Kids" and stumbled upon this fantastic website! I found a slideshow with exactly the information I wanted to share with my class. We are going to pretend like this morning never happened, and we will have a new show to watch next week!