from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A three-dimensional miniature or life-size scene in which figures, stuffed wildlife, or other objects are arranged in a naturalistic setting against a painted background.
- n. A scene reproduced on cloth transparencies with various lights shining through the cloths to produce changes in effect, intended for viewing at a distance through an aperture.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A three-dimensional display of a scenery, often having a painted background in front of which models are arranged, e.g. in a museum where stuffed animals are presented against a painted landscape.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A mode of scenic representation, invented by Daguerre and Bouton, in which a painting is seen from a distance through a large opening. By a combination of transparent and opaque painting, and of transmitted and reflected light, and by contrivances such as screens and shutters, much diversity of scenic effect is produced.
- n. A building used for such an exhibition.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spectacular painting, or a connected series of paintings, intended for exhibition to spectators in a darkened room, in a manner to produce by optical illusions an appearance of reality.
- n. A building in which dioramic paintings are exhibited.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a picture (or series of pictures) representing a continuous scene
The sheet explains the basic facts of what the diorama is about.
In 1822, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, who had worked in theater design and panorama painting and would later invent the daguerreotype photograph, unveiled a dazzling new spectacle he dubbed the diorama.
The biggest point of a shoebox diorama is to show a natural habitat of something.
Freezing a moment in time – A diorama is a moment in time and you can focus on this.
Interactions in a habitat – The focus of a diorama is often to correctly identify and place the right objects for a natural habitat but you can take this to a new level by focusing on the interactions within the habitat.
Achieving Depth – The most common trait of an average shoebox diorama is that it has a decorated background and objects placed on the bottom surface.
As an example, if you are doing a polar bear or penguin diorama you could use white packing Styrofoam.
You've got your very own Pac-Man pumpkin diorama for Halloween, complete with ghost and white pellets.
The viewer of a habitat group diorama is able to travel not only across continents, but also, in some cases, through time.
Anyway -- the DOTD diorama is amazing -- even a skeleton riding a skeleton horse -- and less than a foot long.