Polarized Light Art

Arte Polarizado

 

WHAT IS POLARIZED LIGHT? HOW DO POLARIZED SUNGLASSES WORK? AND CAN YOU USE POLARIZED LIGHT TO MAKE COLORFUL ART OUT OF TRANSPARENT MATERIAL?









 

WHAT IS POLARIZED LIGHT? HOW DO POLARIZED SUNGLASSES WORK? AND CAN YOU USE POLARIZED LIGHT TO MAKE COLORFUL ART OUT OF TRANSPARENT MATERIAL?

This STEAM lesson has includes both science and art activities.  

MATERIALS (Details in Teacher Notes linked below)

Activity 1 – Bright and Dark

  1. A polarizing filter (polarizer). This can be the lens of polarized sunglasses or a piece of polarizing film (available from science supply houses), 

  2. LCD screen such as a laptop monitor or television screen. 

Activity 2 – Where Else Can You FInd Polarized Light?

  1. Polarizer

  2. Bowl of water 

Activity 3 – Make a Prediction 

  1. Two polarizers

Activity 4 – Colors from Polarized Light!

  1. Polarizer

  2. A piece of cellophane tape

Activity 5 – Polarized Light Art

  1. Same as Activity 4 but use a square of transparency film or other plastic to protect the monitor and polarizer from adhesive damage. 

STUDENT INSTRUCTIONS AND TEACHER NOTES 

PowerPoint slides with student instructions   Polarized_Light_Art_Slides.pptx.zip


Presentaciones de PowerPoint con instrucciones para estudiantes  arte polarizado.pptx.zip


Teacher Background Notes Polarized_Light_Art_Teacher_Notes.pdf


Handout for recording observations and data Polarized_Light_Art_Observations.pdf


Video showing how polarization works Exploring Polarization


Video showing an illusion using polarization The Magic Box 

Video showing making of polarized light art Polarized Light Art