A simple and fun activity making art from shadows.
Find a sunny spot in your garden or on your stoop.
Place an object or two directly on the ground or raised on a stool etc.
Make sure to position your set-up so that light falls across it and casts a shadow.
Place a sheet of paper in the path of the shadow and trace around the edges to capture a likeness.
Rotating an item will alter the shape of it’s shadow. Experiment to cast detail or create interesting shapes.
Swapping objects or rotating and re-drawing items several times will create layered semi-abstract drawings.
Try using different colours for overlapping tracings to add vitality.
We used ships-in-bottles, toy dinosaurs, cacti and a miniature star wars model in our experiments. What will you use?
Make sure to share this with friends and family you know who will want to give it a go! We would love to see your creations – tag us in your pictures!