At this month’s Maker Educator Meet-up we decided to share Light Play as the activity we try out together. It’s a personal favorite of mine because it blurs the boundary between science and art. It always amazes me that people can create such astonishingly beautiful vignettes from the simplest materials.
For this particular session Lianna and Ryoko led a condensed version of the activity that was closer to the way we do it out on the museum floor as a drop-in program, but everyone still managed to create a collaborative composition that we all ew'ed and ah'ed over.
During our debrief discussion we talked more pointedly about the science and art involved in this activity and the way we usually approach the starting point stations in a longer investigation:
- Transparent, translucent and opaque
- Size, Shape and Position
- Colored light sources and materials
- Multiple light sources with reflective materials and lenses
Our conversation also reminded me of 3 treasured connections to this activity
I thought I should share in a blog post (they're that good!):
Seeing the Light: Optics in Nature, Photography, Color, Vision and Holography
Moholy Nagy, a Hungarian artist that Liz Kiem (film curator at the Exploratorium),
first introduced us to through a sculpture he created in 1930 known as the Light Space Modulator.
Everything has a Shadow, Except Ants
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