Painting Art Class with Colored Light

A recent article published by k-12techdecisions.com showcases how a high school in Alabama used Rosco’s color-mixing Miro Cube 4C LED fixtures to enhance the lighting in their art classrooms. The art teachers at Opelika High School were looking for a unique way to demonstrate the effects of light and color for their students. What they ended up with was a state-of-the-art, color-changing LED lighting system featuring Miro Cube® 4C’s.

Lighting can affect the way you view the shape and appearance of an object. This is a difficult concept to teach by reading a textbook, but the art students at Opelika High School can see the effects firsthand. By changing the color of the 4C’s in the room, they can observe the subtle changes of light, color and shadow on an object. For example, one way this system can be used is to cast different color lights on a sculpture to see how that affects what students see or perceive. Setting some lights to red and others to blue would create a purple lighting scheme for students to work with and observe – plus the added benefit of witnessing the colored shadows produced firsthand.

Each art room has six Miro Cube® 4C fixtures mounted onto standard lighting track on the ceiling. Each fixture includes red, green, blue and white LEDs, which can be combined to create just about any color you can imagine.

Each set of lights also comes with a set of lenses that can vary the coverage of the beam, allowing the instructors to modify the fixtures between a narrow 15° spot source to 70° flood light.

The lighting in the rest of the school doesn’t have the color-mixing Miro Cube® 4C’s, so it isn’t nearly as dramatic as the art rooms, but the rest of the students and faculty are excited about the new facilities. According to a statement by Opelika High School Principal, Dr. Seymour Farrell, the school has experienced a renewed sense of school spirit thanks to the upgrades. “We have already seen a great boost in school pride,” he said. “It’s a great day for Opelika High School.”

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Steve Ramos

About Steve Ramos

Architectural Market Manager: Steve started with Rosco in October of 2005 as a Business Development Manager for the UK market. Steve has been the project specialist for Rosco's architectural products since 2009 and has become extremely familiar with the marketplace for architectural lighting. Look to Steve's posts for lighting trends and how our unique product offering is pushing the envelope in architectural lighting projects.