I have done this with jr. high, but maybe 5th graders could do it too. It's the project where you do a name or word in bubble letters (or even a shape-based design) on a "pie piece" wedge of paper (1/6 of a circle); go over in sharpie so it shows on both sides; then trace it on a circle, flipping each time, to create a "kalidescope" effect. I then had them paint these with flourescent tempera (each letter would be the same color all the way around) and had them paint the negative space black. I bet they would be really cool under the black lights! A neat thing that students like about the project is that you really don't notice that the design is made of letters in the finished product.
-Lydia in Toledo
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Subject: [teacherartexchange] Blacklight Project
Speaking of art shows...mine is in 3 weeks…and I could use some input for a quick 5th grade project idea.
I had a 10x10 black tent at my art show last year - with black lights inside. I displayed 2nd and 3rd grade projects that were created with fluorescent paint. I know it’s “gimmicky” but the kids loved it – and have been asking about it all year.
This year, my 2nd graders made Gyotaku fish prints using fluorescent paint – but I want to include another fluorescent project so the tent is full. Any thoughts? I am looking for a quick 2 period (40 min.) project for my 5th graders using fluorescent tempera. It could be fish-related or not.