Talk about fractions and percentages. If a glass is filled up three quarters of the way with water, what percentage would that equate to, and then try working with other amounts.

Take a look at how bending light has been used throughout history and in various cultures as an art form. For example compare artists who create a series of images in motion using performing art versus visual artists from around the world.

Phantasmagoria maybe defined as a shifting series of illusions, or deceptive appearances, as in a dream or as created by the imagination. Have students create a dream sequence to go with the distorted pattern in the glass.

Talk about how refraction is the bending of light (it also happens with sound, water and other waves) as it passes from one transparent substance into another. Talk about other visuals like the Aurora Borealis which create bending light effects in the sky.

Photograph the wavy patterns and bring the images into Photoshop. Using special effects create beautiful artistic illusions, then print and display them on the wall at an open house or special event.

Art Infused Cross Curriculum Educational Lesson Ideas – Bending Light and Creating Patterns

Ideas for ART INFUSED Cross Curriculum Lesson Plans

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