Grade 6: Drawing With Light
The students have been studying electricity, and had just finished some work with contour line drawing, so …
We took some time to play! I told them about artists who use long exposures, movement, and specific light sources in the dark to draw. We darkened the art room as best we could, put up a black cloth background, and handed out flashlights (some with coloured homemade filters) and, best of all, my husband’s laser pointer.
I set up my camera on a tripod, and we trained our lights and/or laser on the black background. Later, we tried running back and forth in front of the camera to create an image. It was kinda fun, and a different progression from traditional line drawing.
I edited the pictures on my computer, and for the next class they will have an opportunity to work with a couple of commercially processed pictures, abstracting them further. Watch for it!
Winter 2013 / Parliament Oak