Spirit of Light

Creating Art with Light with Morgan Barnard

 

Celebrate the spirit of light – symbolizing new beginnings, renewal, and growth. Inspired by New Mexico artist, Morgan Barnard, “Creating Art with Light” uses your phone’s camera as an expressive image creation device. Explore properties of light through science experiments.  Using materials around your home, you are invited to explore interactions of lights and materials to create abstract visual imagery.

 

Take a look at the video below about the project. Click HERE to find out more about Morgan Barnard’s work.

 

The Paseo Project and artist Morgan Barnard present

Paseo Youth STEAM Night: The Spirit of Light

On December 17, 2020 the Paseo Project celebrated the spirit of light during the holiday season with the launch of their virtual youth STEAM education program. Light symbolizes new beginnings, renewal, and growth. Inspired by New Mexico artist, Morgan Barnard, “Creating Art with Light” uses your phone’s camera as an expressive image creation device. Using materials around your home, you are invited to explore interactions of lights and materials to create abstract visual imagery. 

The course is available for you to freely access after the launch to enjoy over the holidays and any time next year!  

Recording of the event: HERE

RESOURCES:
If you’re want to dive in, here are some places you can get started:

FOR EDUCATORS
Paseo artists this year collaborated with The Paseo Projects’s Education Coordinator to develop online STEAM courses based on artists’ work.  A complete Google Classroom is available for educators by contacting The Paseo Project. Paseo offers support for teachers using the Google Classroom curriculum and adapting it to the format used in each school.  The Paseo artist associated with the curriculum can be scheduled to meet with your students to support their project work. Stipends are also available to participating teachers.
Want to jump right in?  Printable pdf lesson plans and documents are available:
Science Lessons – associated with the art project: Experiments with Light_MorganBarnard_PaseoProject
The Design Process – step by step instructions to help you conceptualize your project inspired by
Morgan Barnard’s work:  The Design Process_MorganBarnard_PaseoProject
Final Art Project  – guidance and resources for completing the art project: The Final Project_MorganBarnard_PaseoProject
Student Samples – shows other students’ work created after participating in the Google Classroom
Further Research – Find links to articles, images, video, and tutorials that relate to the science of light and other artists doing similar work. Contact us for more!
Here’s what educators and students are saying about the class:

Gina Gargone, TISA Elementary – “This was a fun week-long activity that allowed the students to easily create a final product that did not involve several steps and directions. It piqued their interest and was very hands-on.”

Kelly Farewell, Anansi Charter School – “ I REALLY like what I saw.  Not only was the whole class well put together (i.e. interactive, engaging and all links worked!) the topic and final project are super cool! Wow! After watching the video that the artist put together showing how he just fools around with light, his cell phone and common household objects to create snippets of abstract video art, i was hooked! I also liked how well the google slide portion of the project supports the final video editing piece.”

Students at TISA  (Grades 6-8)-
“ I liked that we got to talk to the artist and to see what they can help us with.”

“When I was filming a video, it was really cool to see how my camera reacted to the light of a flashlight”

“I really liked that we got to choose the objects we used to shine light through and we got most of the responsibility for this project.”

ABOUT:

Morgan Barnard is a digital artist and designer working in the areas of public art, interactive media, immersive installations and live cinema. He creates environments that combine interactivity, data-visualisation and experimental digital techniques. With a background as a director, editor and educator, Morgan brings a broad multidisciplinary skill set to the projects he works on. His work includes the public art lighting project “Tilikum Light” in Portland, Oregon that uses data from the Willamette river to control the color of lights on the Tilikum Crossing bridge and “Sublimare” at the San Diego airport where a dynamic lighting installation is controlled using real-time data from a wave buoy off the coast. His work has been displayed in galleries and installed in urban environments across the US and internationally in New Zealand, Australia, Italy and Canada. morganbarnard.com

Karin Moulton, co-founder and former director of Taos Academy Charter School, joined the Paseo team in 2020 to help design a STEAM curriculum that meets the needs of these times. Karin has been an educator for 25 years in both public and private schools. She brings an understanding of the importance for students to have the 21st century leadership skills necessary to succeed in the modern world, as well as a personal interest in the arts and a history of educational leadership in Taos.