Friday, December 5, 2014

Blacklight projects

Again, the sun has gone down in my  lassroom, and time for some night time fun.  8 four ft. bulbs are illuminating my students radial designs. 


Get a square paper and fold from corners and sides to find center.

Use ruler to go over the fold lines.

Use a compass to draw a large circle.

The grid formed will aid in repeatedly tracing using the French curves.


Pick  a French curve and a location. 

Draw the center x or the circle x on the tool.  You also need at least one line as reference. 

Copy section.

Move the tool to the next position and realign the marks to the next location. 

Copy section.  If there is overlap or missing section, adjust.

Continue until it is repeated 8 times. 

Repeat the process with different French curves until paper has a completed radial design.

Paint.





Blacklight Unit ( 2007)

Materials:
Fluorescent fixtures ($10 at Wal-Mart suggest getting 2)
Blacklight bulbs (4ft ones at WM cost $12 each. For two fixtures, need 4 bulbs)
Highlighters
White colored Pencils
Reams of colored office paper (they end up nonreactive to UV light)
Ream of yellow/goldenrod office paper
Reams of regular office paper (they are reactive)
Fluorescent paints (can now get from many art suppliers like Blick)
Pens
 Day one. 
Review classroom expectations.
Turn on backlights and let the students explore and look at their belongings.
Talk about blacklight properties, wavelengths, (science component) etc.

Studio- Invisible Drawing
Pass out drawing paper that is reactive to the light.  Pass out white colored pencils and students draw on the glowing paper.  The white colored pencils show up dark on the glowing paper.  Turn off the blacklight and on the regular lights.  The drawing disappears! 

Highlighter drawings
Have any students who have highlighters bring them out.  Trade out the paper for one that does not glow in blacklight…. Draw with highlighters to get a neon sign effect… students really like this one.    

Day two
Keith Haring Installation
Discuss his life briefly, his short career and his estate being worth 25 million dollars at his death in 1990.  He did an installation in 1982 at a gallery using blacklight paints.  Show image.   Distribute the small packet that has 10 of his artworks.  Each student pick one and draw it using highlighters on non reactive paper… put on the walls to make an installation of his work.  Any time remaining allow students to draw their own work on the paper using highlighters. 

Day three
Highlighter Tattoos
You can try Highlighter tattoos.  On most skin, the tattoo will blend in with skin tone in regular light, as long as you only use yellow.  5-10 Minutes.

Before and after drawings 
Have students brainstorm over different situations that would best be described with two pictures, such as Bruce Wayne turning into Batman, or leaves on then falling off a tree, day vs. night, etc.  They should pick one scenario, and on goldenrod office paper, draw the first scene in pen in regular light.  Then, when all are finished, turn the black light on, and the second drawing is made directly on top of the first using yellow highlighter.  In the regular light the yellow highlighter is hard to see, and in the blacklight, the pen is hard to see.  Talk about filling up all the space with loose crosshatching or objects. This masks the highlighter drawing better.  Do not completely darken any areas, since the highlighter will not work on that.  When all are finished, turn on the lights and pass the paper to a neighbor.  Turn on the blacklight and the image will change!  Turn on the regular lights again and the blacklight off, and pass papers again... Repeat until everyone has seen everyone else’s drawing.

Day four, five
            Prep day for glow in the dark radial designs.  Hand out non-reactive paper and have students create a simple radial design using pencil.  By folding the paper it is easy to recreate exact copies by rubbing the back and transferring the image across.  When all are done, pass out the fluorescent paint and paint in the designs.  Hang in the room for display. 






Before and after Project                                 NAME_____________________________

Pick one before and after set from below, or pick your own before and after pictures that you think would work well as a picture.  Draw “Thumbnail sketches”, sketches that are smaller and thus quicker and easier to plan out how the drawings of before and after should look. 

BEFORE AND AFTER LIST

Driving/ crash
Riding bike or skateboard/ crash
Spiderman swinging/ landing on a building
Clark Kent/ superman
Bruce Wayne/ Batman
Bruce Banner/ Hulk
Lake/ Lock Ness or Swampthing shows up
Man turning into Wolfman
Dracula turn into bat
Cake, cake gone
Apple, apple core
Woman pregnant/ thinner holding a baby
Pizza / bite gone
Weakling with dumbbells/ muscular after
Calm to angry
Happy to sad
Peaceful to angry
Day to night
Summer to fall
Fall to winter
Winter to spring
Snowman/ melted
Sitting in a chair/ it breaks and crash
Animal crossing road/ road-kill
Caterpillar/ butterfly
Tadpole/ frog
A tree / losing its leaves

Blowing bubble with gum/ it pops on face



Here are the regular and blacklight versions of several student works.


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