Exploring light and shadow naturally invites children to learn about the world around them. By manipulating different objects and lights, children can create shadows of their own.
Not only are they learning, but they are using their creativity as well. Let’s explore what happens when you combine the art of collage and science of light and shadows!
In this activity, children will explore how different colors of construction paper react to light. We will also learn how to layer paper to create a shadow.
The Science of Light
White paper is translucent, meaning that some light can shine through it. On the other hand, black paper is opaque, meaning light cannot pass through it. Like a shadow puppet theater, the white paper is a translucent screen, while the black shape they glue on the back will form shadow only visible when light shines on it.
Shadow art is an excellent way to explore the differences between transparent, translucent, and opaque objects. Furthermore, it offers a hands-on way to explore the relationship between light and shadow.
Ready to explore shadow art?