Glow Stick Art

This is a favorite for our family camping trips. Super fun and produces amazing pictures, but also an opportunity to learn a bit of science: light, motion & photography!

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Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age 5+
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  • Camera (an SLR with a long exposure option is best for this activity)
  • Darkness
  • Glow Sticks in various colors


    1. Simply wiggly, spin, shake your glowsticks around in the dark and take photos with the flash disabled on your camera. When printed these will form beautiful works of art.


    1. To get the best results from this activity you need to turn off the flash on your camera. You also need to set it to a long exposure time (over 1s) to allow the moving path of the glow sticks to be captured. Finally, you will find that having the camera set to manual focus mode will be required as otherwise the camera will struggle to focus and you may find that you are not able to take photographs.
    2. Using multiple glow sticks of different colors gives a great effect.
    3. You can use any light source to "paint with light". You can create random patterns or try to draw a particular shape - why not try and write your name?
    4. Did you know: Picasso was the first artist to experiment with painting with light. Some great examples of light painting works of art can be found at this website:


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    Useful supplies

    Lumistick 8 Inch Glow Sticks - Bendable Glowstick Necklace and Bracelet - Kids Safe & Non-Toxic Illuminating Bangles and Necklet | Bendable Light Up Neon Jewelry Pack (Assorted, 100 Glow Sticks)
    Lumistick 8 Inch Glow Sticks
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