Connected Art Workshop: Cardboard Cameras

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
3:00–4:00 p.m.
Virtual Only
Registration closed

Charlotte-based photographer Herman Nicholson will teach your child how to make their own pinhole image “camera” with household objects! The camera obscura (from Latin, meaning “dark room”) is a box or a room that lets the light through a small opening on one side and projects it on the other. It has helped artists replicate images for centuries and its basic workings formed the photographic camera. It’s also a fun way to explore the world from a new perspective. Your child will learn how a camera obscura works and how to use the one they make.

Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members, per participant. Kids in pre-K through second grade are welcome in any location.

Recommended supplies for this art workshop:

  • Shoe box
  • Extra cardboard
  • Tracing or parchment paper
  • A small magnifying glass
  • Any type of opaque tape
  • Scissors
  • Push pin or something to put a small hole in the cardboard

About Connected Art Workshops

Make artistic connections and expand your creativity from home. McColl Center’s Connected Art Workshops are taught live online by Charlotte-based artists.


Q: Where do I have to be to access Connected Art workshops?  

A: Anywhere you have a strong Wi-Fi or data connection. The comfort of your home is the perfect place to be. We recommend setting up at a desk, the kitchen table, or the floor so you have space to spread out and be creative.

Q: How interactive will the workshop be?  

A: As interactive as you want it to be. The workshop will happen live via a web platform, and you’re encouraged to share video as you’re working, be social, and ask questions. If you prefer to leave your camera off and work on your own, that’s totally fine too. 

Q: What software do I need to download?  

A: All you have to do is click the workshop link (listed as meeting link) in the email. You’ll be prompted to download and install the video launcher and you’ll be all set. We recommend joining the meeting about 5 minutes early so you can turn on your webcam and microphone too. If you’re joining the workshop on your phone, you can use the platform’s app. You can find information on joining specific to your device here. We’ll send the meeting link to you via email when you purchase the workshop. 

Q: Is there any other way I can support artists at McColl Center?  

A: Yes! If you want to support stipends and emergency travel for the artists-in-residence, contracts for teaching artists, and wages for hourly staff, you can make a gift directly to us at Your gift—large or small— is appreciated and extremely helpful to continue our mission to champion artists and spark creativity.