Matt Cauthron
Digiatal Arts / CTE Instructor

Paint the World with Light

Project Published 8/23/10 Last updated on 2/28/20
Paint the World with Light was the first global challenge from the Student Creative which included 21 schools in four countries. The goal of the project was to have students use light painting / long exposure photography to discover and share something special about the community. Student images were compiled in book form on and sold to benefit the Jacaranda Foundation, a school for AIDS orphans in Malawi. Watch the video... View the DATA Di challenge... Buy the book! *The Student Creative was started in collaboration with David Gran and Mike Skocko
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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/6/19 1:22:38 AM Permalink

​Thanks for sharing

Fredrik Andersson

Posted on 6/21/13 12:38:00 AM Permalink

Hi Matt

I was really inspired by your project "Painting with light". Great results with stunning images.

Are you involved in any new challenges like this during 2013 ? I would like to know :) maybe our school could


Thanks for sharing!


John Doherty

Posted on 9/5/12 7:49:26 PM Permalink

Great idea and also great examples from Matt. Thanks.

David Gran

Posted on 2/1/11 3:19:38 PM Permalink

Should have replied with this before, but info about the Student Creative has been posted here on the exchange.

David Gran

Posted on 1/28/11 3:37:39 AM Permalink

It does. It also makes me want to just FLOAT away...

Mike Skocko

Posted on 1/28/11 1:43:15 AM Permalink

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 1/28/11 1:34:28 AM Permalink

David Gran

Posted on 1/28/11 1:25:30 AM Permalink

Nice! Thanks for posting that! ...neat to see it as one image.

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 11/27/10 4:59:57 PM Permalink

Here is a little shot of the article David Gran wrote on our collaborative project for School Arts magazine...


Posted on 11/10/10 9:07:08 PM Permalink

Beautiful. Inspirational. Full of energy and perspective. I'm sure the students are all the more proud of the fact that their work benefited such a good cause as well. 5 stars from me easily.

Nicole Dalesio

Posted on 9/3/10 3:50:46 AM Permalink

Great job, Matt! Congratulations on both of your projects! Spectacular!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 9/3/10 3:03:52 AM Permalink

My kids were talking about that too, Jan. Not sure how it would work... but that's part of the creative fun!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 9/3/10 2:57:08 AM Permalink

Light painting is a permanent part of the optional curriculum in the Mac Lab now. As well Float! may be next year.

Jan Neimeyer

Posted on 9/3/10 2:55:46 AM Permalink

Great ... will look into having the students do the Float project, but with a lot of darkness in Alaska in the winter, the light painting would be cool. Maybe they could light paint and float/jump at the same time! :)

David Gran

Posted on 9/3/10 2:50:01 AM Permalink

Thanks Jan! This year we're doing Float as our Student Creative challenge- but we did have a lot of fun with PTWWL, so who knows! I'd be up for a second round!

Jan Neimeyer

Posted on 9/3/10 2:45:11 AM Permalink

This was a wonderful project ... will there be a sequel, Part 2 with the Light Painting? If so, I would love for my students to participate! Loved the final product ... so well done... congrats!

Mike Skocko

Posted on 9/3/10 1:00:50 AM Permalink

Now Matt's done it. I'm going to have to submit an English/Language Arts, Writing and Grammar resource. (And that'll be the end of any friends I might have made here.)

Respect to all our fellow Light Painters and Float!-ers to come. :)

David Gran

Posted on 9/3/10 12:20:47 AM Permalink

Sweet! Right back at you guys. And congrats as well to the 17 other teachers who participated!

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 9/2/10 11:11:45 PM Permalink

Congrats to David and Mike on this. It really goes to show that we are stronger when we work together... you guys are an inspiration (no matter how many spaces after each period in a sentence)!

Sara Martin

Posted on 9/1/10 4:16:41 AM Permalink

I really love the project-so neat that it was a collaborative experience!

Matt Cauthron

Posted on 8/25/10 5:02:53 AM Permalink

Light painting can be a pretty exciting approach to expanding the photography expereince for students. Even more amazing was the idea of working with classrooms on a global scale, seeing the work of those students (like David mentioned), and knowing that the student's imagery was shared & viewed far beyond any classroom walls.

Can't wait for Float! to hit the world!

David Gran

Posted on 8/25/10 4:33:13 AM Permalink

My students were so excited for this project- and it was so valuable for them to see how other schools approached the project differently.

Nicole Dalesio

Posted on 8/24/10 4:49:40 AM Permalink

Wow! Beautiful! I love that you had so many countries involved too. That's amazing!

Eva LaMar

Posted on 8/23/10 8:51:42 PM Permalink

Fantastic examples of painting with light. Many of the photographs are stunning. Thanks for sharing.

Mike Skocko

Posted on 8/23/10 4:44:51 PM Permalink

Mike Skocko

Posted on 8/23/10 4:15:57 PM Permalink

Neither my students nor I had ever attempted light painting but the kids in the Mac Lab embraced the project with a will. Here's a look at some of their startlingly beautiful imagery.

It was an honor to be invited to work with Matt and David on this project.