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Camera Obscura Virtual Workshop

October 25 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm


Sunday, October 25, 1:30pm
Virtually join the DSA over Zoom for an camera obscura workshop lead by Elena Dahl. Elena will walk registrants through how to create their own camera obscura using a room in their house! Workshop includes demo and talk by the artist. Registration includes limited supplies to create your own camera obsura.

Registrants will pick up their supplies from the High Street Gallery (48 High Street, Dayton) from 12-5 Friday October 23rd or 12-5 Saturday, October 24th.

Registration is limited. Registration is only $5 thanks to an MCACD Special Projects Grant! (If the $5 is cost prohibitive, e-mail [email protected] or call 937-228-4532 for free registration!)

Camera Obscura Kit Includes
2 6mil thick contractor garbage bags
Gaffers Tape
X-acto knife

Potential Additional Materials Needed
Additional cardboard or blackout plastic to cover windows or areas where light will enter your room
A room in your home with at least one window to the outside. One with a scene of something else would be beneficial.

Elena Dahl, Assistant Professor of Art at Wittenberg University

Elena Dahl received her BA in Studio Art from the College of Wooster and her MFA in Photography from the University of Florida. Before joining the faculty at Wittenberg in 2017, she taught courses in Photography and New Media at Earlham College, Montserrat College of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dahl’s creative projects explore themes related to gender, power, and indexical imagery in a digital era through photography, text, and site-specific installations.

Dahl has worked for The Village Voice in New York City as a freelance photographer, covering various events ranging from Barack Obama’s campaign rally in Washington Square to the unionizing of carpenters in Harlem. She has participated in artist residencies such as ACRE in Chicago and HomeBase Projects in Berlin, and her projects have been exhibited in regional, national, and international exhibitions, including:

A Voice Is Heard Echoing, solo show, Live(In) Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2016; The 2nd Lowennial, group show, The Low Museum, Atlanta, Ga., 2015; Radiance, juried show, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, Ill., 2015; Fumbling Toward Ecstasy, two-person show with Georgia Wall, ACRE Projects, Expo Chicago, Chicago, Ill., 2014; ACUD Open Platform, Serendipity Gallery, group show, Month of Performance Art, Berlin, Germany, 2013.

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Robert and Francis Fullerton Art Museum, San Bernardino, Calif.

The purpose of the workshop series, Introducing…, is to acquaint DSA members and the community to different mediums and methods in the visual arts. In conjunction, the attendees will get to know the instructing artist, their background, and tips and tricks of their trade.

MCACD and Culture Works
This project was supported in part by a Special Projects Grant funded by the Montgomery County Arts & Cultural District and administered by Culture Works.


October 25
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
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The 48 High Street Gallery
48 High Street
Dayton, OH 45402 United States
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