Inspiration for Learning

‘ i Light Marina Bay’ is an amazing light art festival. For three weeks each year exhibits from talents around the world illuminate the urban areas of Marina Bay. with interesting, fun and beautiful light/art installations.

Many of these are interactive and one of my favourites (above) appeared in the 2014 event.

The next event is in March 2018.

For information see this link:

: iLIGHT Marina Bay 2018

BLUE!

While we are on the ‘blue’ theme let’s look at some fun art and science activities.

Younger children will have fun and learn about making pastel shades of blue by simply moving a paintbrush filled with blue acrylic paint about in a dollop of white paint. The paint moves much better on a plastic paint. Don worry that they are ‘spoiling’ the effect by carrying on too long. They will do! It’s part of the learning process.

To limit the choice of colour to just one plus white is a good exercise for older children. It’s amazing how many different ‘blues’ can be made with just one shade plus white. This encourages them to be much more imaginative in their paintings especially of subjects like skies and water.

White glue and be added to the white paint before. This enables paintings to have a 2D effect. So once they are dry the painting can be felt as well as seen .

Older children will enjoy using this technique to represent mountains or waves in the sea.

Blue painting or drawings deserve a nice blue frame to set them off and what could be nicer than one made by hand.

The on3 below was made by rolling pages from a magazine round a straw. Then they wee cut to size. Looking through a magazine for pages which are predominately blue is a good observational exercise

Making a string bauble:

These are good as Christmas decorations but can also be made into bowls and lamps.

For details go to the link below:

String Baubles

Last but not least!

Changing the colour of a white flower to blue. Chicory and white cabbage leaves can also be used. This is where art meets science. Children enjoy the magic of watching as the blue food colouring Ives through the veins of the flower or vegetable leaf. They also learn how the plant gets its water.

To watch Lizzie performing this experiment an£ for some variations, watch the link below:

Change the colour of a flower

You can even join in and make a blue lamp!

For instructions see this link:

Di Saronno Lamp

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