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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Glow in the dark: Octopus

Created on January 31, 2023 by lightARTed

Students paint an octopus using glow in the dark acrylic paint for our school's underwater themed black light art show.

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•Students understand the similarities and differences between bio-luminescence and fluorescence.
•Students create a glow in the dark octopus using acrylic paint.
•Students demonstrate the ability to use materials safely and correctly.

Paper, acrylic fluorescent paint, brushes, chalk,

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1.Show time lapse video of woman painting glow in the dark octopus.
2.Practice drawing an octopus.
3.Paint paper all black.
4.Demonstrate how to get shading effects using the dry brush technique, this is optional for students.
5.Use chalk to sketch jellyfish then outline it with white acrylic paint.
6.Use fluorescent acrylic paint to add color.
7.Demonstrate how to paint bubbles. Students may then add them if they like.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[K-4] Students use art materials and tools in a safe and responsible manner
[K-4] Students describe how different materials, techniques, and processes cause different responses

Color/Value, Emphasis, Form, Line, Movement, Shape, Space