What do YOU see? - A shadow of a basketball hoop alongside whimsical shadow remixes.
“Remix a shadow” is an invitation to take a photo of an evocative shadow, reimagine it by working it into a drawing, and invite friends to join the fun by sharing their own reimagined shadow photo on social media tagged with #LightUpOurDays.
This playful challenge emerged from our online invitation to educators and like minded tinkerers to play with light and shadows at home (more on this project in another post) and was inspired by the amazing art of Vincent Bal (google “shadowology”). Over the last couple of days, we were delighted to see more and more in our online community pick it up and share what they made.
#LightUpOurDays #LaScuolaNonSiFerma #restiamoacasa— AlfabetiBitCreativit (@AlfBitCreat) May 3, 2020
Lo spazio e i suoi pianeti e una tartaruga dietro le ombre dello scolapasta di Laura!@TinkeringStudio #creativelearning #remotelearning #steAm #tinkering @LindaIerardi pic.twitter.com/8qh9qH2QXO
We found that the simple provocation to observe an everyday phenomenon such as light and shadow and make personal meaning of what they see allows learners to engage with the topic following their own interests. Learners can quickly express and share their ideas through creating a drawing while exploring the fundamental and more intricate aspects of shadows and light along the way. I especially love when unique and surprising aspects of a shadow image get incorporated in a drawing as the investigation of a shadow deepens, such as turning the bright spots created by the holes in a kitchen colander into a solar system.
Most of all I am struck by how easy this generative and open ended prompt has made it for learners to jump into the exploration. Over just a couple of days we’ve seen more and more people on social media join, share their shady sketches and remix and comment on others. The shape of a shadow inspires ideas, drawing is quick and forgiving (especially on a digital device), and sharing and building on others' creations adds a collaborative aspect that allows to connect with people around the world over a meaningful project.
We always enjoy seeing educators tinker with and build on activity ideas and we are looking forward to seeing different flavors of this activity emerge as the community continues to adapt and re-invent it in their different settings. The game of generating many ideas from one shadow is as interesting as is inviting kids to make shadows with their bodies and hands and bring them to life by drawing on them, or arranging objects to create shadow silhouettes. I am sure we will continue to be inspired and surprised by what we will see posted at #LightUpOurDays on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
#LightUpOurDays #LaScuolaNonSiFerma #restiamoacasa— AlfabetiBitCreativit (@AlfBitCreat) May 4, 2020
Chi si nasconde nell’erba del prato?Cesare ha avvistato un gatto una renna e un arco con freccia e in casa?Un serpente e un uccello @TinkeringStudio #creativelearning #remotelearning #steAm #tinkering @LindaIerardi pic.twitter.com/u8NCPEffiH
We are having so much fun with the #lightupourdays prompt @TinkeringStudio! Today we tried to create structures out of sticks that would cast a shadow in the shape of my daughter’s name. pic.twitter.com/wFwzl1dUHc— Rupal Jain (@rupsthereitis) May 4, 2020