Student Light Paintings!

Last week I took my 8th grade students down to the auditorium, turned off the house lights and let them experiment with light painting.  They had a blast and they came up with some really fun images.  I basically took them through this tutorial and demonstrated how to create a light painting with a point and shoot camera.  I set up a station for each table of four students throughout the auditorium and let them have at it.  Next time I’d like to try to experiment with different kinds of light sources like glow sticks, colored light etc.  Some students brought colored flashlights with them which worked out great.  I can’t wait to try it again!

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October 15, 2011 - 2:28 pm

Jani - These are very cool, they will create some very unique pieces of art. Are they suppose to do something with the photos or are they just creating the light painting?

October 15, 2011 - 11:15 pm

Dana Darbyshire - Next time you do this I want to join in on my plan bell.

October 16, 2011 - 2:34 pm

jodi kinasewitz - These are amazing! I tried to do this this summer with my oldest nephew- did not turn out so well! I will need to get some pointers from you!

January 13, 2012 - 6:24 pm

april - Your art projects are amazing! I’m a 1st year middle school art teacher, and I was wondering if you have any tips on how you get your students to focus and think so conceptually?? Do you have a blog devoted strictly to your classroom?? I am SO inspired by your projects!!!

January 13, 2012 - 11:55 pm

Melissa - Wow, thanks April! I think the key to engaging Middle School/Jr. High students is project design. It must be something that grabs and holds their attention PLUS something that everyone can feel some level of success. The students who were born artists can take the idea and run with it and the ones who find drawing a straight line challenging can still get excited about the project and create something successful. It’s taken me many years to develop lessons like this and believe me, not every lesson I teach fits the bill, but I just keep working at it ;). Hope that helps! Right now I don’t have a website dedicated to art projects. I need to do a better job of getting them on frecklephoto! I’ll try to post more art projects in 2012! Good luck to you! You have an incredible job . . . enjoy it!!!

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