Jessica Gauci
Head Teacher

Looking for Ideas - Science Based Art

Hi there

I am in the process of developing a project that revolves around Science and Art. 2015 is the year of light which will be the theme.

I am after ideas for artworks to create, programs to use, other ideas for this project. For example, photography tasks, Photoshop, Lightroom.

Thank you in advance. Any crazy and random ideas will also be welcome!

Jess :)

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David Sharpe

Posted on 1/28/16 12:20:21 PM Permalink

Light is very interesting to experiment. Just some random thoughts, light will travel through water. Sound will travel through light. Filtering light is interesting. Also liquids with different densities and layering them in a glass. The fun thing to do is to try some of these and photograph or video them. It is also possible to get filters, infrared and different lens attachments for phone cameras.

John Tompkins

Posted on 5/28/15 10:19:00 PM Permalink

Adobe Draw and Adobe Shape Apps.....for taking content in the room and drawing into explanations....student or teacher centered.....with a touch of Paper53. All fits with NGSS Crosscutting Concepts 2D to 3D modeling....backwards...

Tyler Dockery

Posted on 5/13/15 11:07:02 PM Permalink

Here you go. 10 good ideas and a stinker thrown in, just for fun.
  1. Long-exposure filming with sparklers (use firework PUNKS in classroom)
  2. Use Adobe After Effects (null object + particle) to follow a finger filmed on camera. This can allow for "light drawing" without any fire.
  3. Use standard photographs. Then, adjust the lighting to match that of Mars or another planet using photoshop. Mars has a different atmosphere, and thus regular everyday items will be viewed differently as the wavelengths of light change the colors.
  4. Using channels to adjust red/green in photoshop to turn a regular image into a 3d image when viewed in 3D goggles.
  5. Use Adobe After Effects to turn a 2D moving into a 3D movie with red/green channels
  6. Use the optical illusions involving the color grey (search for "optical illusion grey" in google) Students can have fun with light and amaze their friends
  7. Paint with detergent and then have a "blacklight gallery" showing how the phosphor in the detergent is light in UV, but glows in blacklight
  8. Have students combine cut paper anti-sihlouettes with light through a prism to create rainbow forms
  9. Create different colors of paints that glow, as above, but using 1 tbsp. liquid laundry detergent to the water-based paint. Stir the detergent into the paint until the mixture is uniform in consistency. Shine a blacklight onto the mixture. If the glow of the paint is too faint, add more detergent until you are happy with the results. Keep track of how much detergent you add so that you can mix a larger batch of blacklight paint, if necessary, using the same ratio of paint to detergent.
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  10. two words. Tesla Coils. haha. Just kidding, but their awesome.
  11. Have your students mix into groups and do Shadow puppet theater. Build the shadow puppets with brad hinges, black paper, and popsicle sticks, think shadow from Bear in the Big Blue House.

Claire Richards

Posted on 1/13/16 1:48:00 PM Permalink

Great ideas, thank you!

Claire Richards

Posted on 1/13/16 1:48:06 PM Permalink

Great ideas, thank you!

Percy Ordonez

Posted on 5/13/18 2:41:18 AM Permalink

Great tips and ideas Tyler. Thank you for sharing.

Kev Lavery

Posted on 5/13/15 11:37:50 AM Permalink

Light painting and camera obscuras are always effective.

Nothing bridges science and art like a infographics. Eleanor Lutz is an amazing biologist who makes great scientific animated infographics - they're not light based but certainly a great example of science and art/design melding into one.