Today we had our global warming paper circuit painting critique. We would turn off all the classroom lights and see the painting light up when the button was pressed and the LEDs were activated, and then we would turn the lights on and see it in daylight, and there were lots of ooohs and ahhhs. I was really impressed with my art students' willingness to problem solve and engineer different circuits and designs in order to pull of their artworks. Some students had to try upwards of 3 different wires and redo their circuits, but the overall feeling was that it was worth it in the end. Here are some of their paintings by daylight in contrast with their paintings glowing in the dark. I've also included a few shots of the various circuits that back their paintings.
These are some of the key STEAM projects we will be focusing on this year:
Sarah Gerrard teaches Visual Arts 9-12 at Warman High School. She recently received a grant from the Prairie Spirit Schools Foundation to infuse her courses with STEAM.