We can't actually welcome you inside our new building just yet, but there's plenty to discover on the outside. That's why today's installment of #AtHomeArt explores the unique play of light on the exterior of your new, 54,000 square foot arts center. Encased in recycled aluminum fins reflecting Oklahoma’s ever-changing sky, the new Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center at NW 11th and Broadway — designed by Rand Elliot Architects and built by Smith and Pickel Construction — was inspired in part by the dynamic quality of light in our home state.
Today's project explores color mixing, light and architecture to create your own vibrant sky surrounding a silhouette of our striking new home. We've got a how-to video to help you get started, along with everything else you'll need below. Once you're done, sit back and watch the sun illuminate your creation — and be sure to share your work with us on social media using the #AtHomeArt hashtag.
Now, let's make some art!
- Food coloring
- Sandwich bags
- Wax paper folded in half
- Download Folding Light Silhouette
- Sharpie (optional)
- Start by squeezing glue into the plastic bags.
- Add food coloring to the glue then mix.
- Cut the corner of the plastic bag; squeeze glue onto one side of the folded wax paper.
- Fold the wax paper and press down to spread the glue around. (You can use a paper towel or toilet paper roll as a rolling pin.)
- Set your project aside to dry.
- Print off the silhouette of Folding Light or create your own building silhouette on a piece of paper!
- Cut out the silhouette.
- After everything is dry, glue the silhouette to the wax paper.
- Cut off the excess wax paper.
- Add finishing touches, like landscaping, with the Sharpie.
- Hang your project up in a window.
- Step back, watch the light shine through and enjoy!
- #AtHomeArt project from our Youth and Family staff
Kau’i Kanahele, coordinator of Youth and Family Programs
Christine Gibson, manager of Youth and Family Programs
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