Thursday at 4PM (EST)
Free Admission; Suggested Donation
A DIY craft making workshop
Led by Jane Catherine Shaw
One of the most popular toys during the Victorian era was a great-grandfather of the modern cartoon. This toy was called a “thaumatrope,” and in this activity you’re going to make (and test) your own thaumatrope to learn about how vision works!
Background Thaumatropes employ the same science used by the artists that draw your favorite cartoons. While watching a movie, we see characters jumping, running and dancing instead of seeing hundreds of still images. Our brain takes the images flashing on the screen and connects them to form a continuous stream of motion. This is known as the illusion of apparent motion.
Supplies Needed for the workshop:
Chop stick if you have one- but don’t worry you can use your pencil!
1 wide mouth tumbler to trace a large circle
1 8.5 x 11 sheet of white paper
1 8.5 x 11 piece of cardboard( it can be a cereal box, a parcel box)
Glue( any: white glue, glue stick, gel glue)
Markers and/or crayons
Yarn, or string, or twist ties
Mom/Dad assist: two holes need to be punched into the cardboard. You can do it with a hole punch, with the tip of one scissor blade, carefully, or with the tip of a knife —so that the yarn or string or twist ties can be threaded through them. Please stand by during making so that you can do this during the workshop.
"Timed for after school viewing!"