Summer Art Activities at Home
Summer 2020

Make your own camera obscura and learn how to create basic photographic print using household objects with these easy-to-use instruction packs. Download everything you need to get started, including templates, materials list and clear assembly instructions.

We’ve created activities that are suitable for all levels of experience, from a basic jam jar camera obscura that you can make with the kids, to a more intricate camera obscura cardboard visor constructed from our step-by-step template.

Download your free instruction packs here:

The History of the Camera Obscura & Anthotype Print

How to Build a Jam Jar Camera Obscura

How to Build a Camera Obscura Visor

Camera Obscura Visor Template

How to Create an Anthotype Prints

Share your creations with us
We would love to see how you get on with these activities. If you post your handiwork on social media please tag us on Instagram at @space_studios_london with the hashtag #SPACEsummeractivities, or on Facebook at @SPACEStudiosLondon. We look forward to seeing your artwork!

About the activities & Essex 2020

These summer activity packs have been created by Darkroom37, a dedicated darkroom and analogue photography studio at SPACE Colchester, 37 Queen Street. The project is supported by Colchester Borough Council’s Creative Events Fund and is part of Essex 2020, a year-long, county-wide celebration of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The activities highlight the origins of analogue photography through the creation of camera obscura and alternative photographic printing techniques and have been designed for artists looking to experiment with new methods, as well as families and children looking for creative projects to do at home.

Advanced techniques and alternative materials are also listed in order for you to experiment further. Please note that adult supervision for younger children is advised.

As part of this project, SPACE will be hosting an event in Colchester’s Castle Park where participants will be invited to record images through a pop up camera obscura or through ones they have made at home. Due to Covid-19, the date of this event has been postponed until 2021. Please send an email to to be notified when the event will be taking place.