When reflecting on where we are in our exploration of body movement through the language of shadow, we wondered how to further prompt children's thinking about the way the size and shape of shadows can change. We thought about distance and angle between the light source and the object. We also wondered about multiple light sources and what children know about how this can effect shadows. These thoughts directed today's provocations.
Shadow Building with Multiple Light Sources
We introduced the idea of multiple light sources during meeting:
Q: What if we had two or three lights?
Austin: "Two would be like...one there and one there."
Leigh: "We could do candles."
Austin: "If you mostly go that side" (gestures to the right) "it shows over there" (gestures left.)
Leigh has an idea for ways to obtain multiple light sources. Austin demonstrates the way multiple light sources create multiple shadows. He also gestures to the right and left indicating where you may shine the light and where the shadow would be as a result.
After lunch the children set work with blocks, an overhead projector, projection materials, two other light sources, and animals. It turns out the second and third light sources didn't compete very well with the light from the overhead projector but the children had meaningful work with the materials exploring projection, layers of transparency, opacity, shadow placement and "blocking", design, and construction concepts.
Here are some images from their experimentation:
Maren: "I'm building a dungeon."
Lou Lou: "I wanted to make a cage for this little lion."
Evelyn: "Here's a cage, Lou Lou."
Maren: "Yeah, let's make one."
Evelyn: "It's looking great."
Austin: "Sam, this one is not showing" (pointing out an animal behind a block which is blocking the animal's shadow) "so let's move it."
At the projector
Evelyn: (Adding red cellophane to the projector light) "This makes it too dark." (Noting too many pieces are layered) "Let's take something away." (Evelyn removes some layers.)
Maren: (Checking out the projection over the building) "It works! It works!"
Shadow Tracing with Moveable Lightsource
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