At concerts and theatres stage lighting is used to create different effects.
In this activity you will use your research skills to find out:
- how different colours are created by mixing light
- how coloured light affects what we see
- how stage lights are used to create different effects
- how to combine lights to create special effects.
You will use your literacy skills to produce a fact-sheet to give to amateur-theatre groups to help them plan their lighting schemes.
You will produce a fact-sheet for people who are planning lighting effects for a concert or production.
Your fact-sheet should:
- state the primary and secondary colors of light
- describe how to create different colors of light
- explain how the appearance of objects changes under different colored lights
- be made from a piece of paper
- be suitable for people with no scientific knowledge.
Research the following topics:
- primary and secondary colours of light and what happens when they are mixed
- how different colours of light are produced
- how coloured light affects the appearance of objects
Step 2 (extension)
Find out how stage lighting is used to create other special effects. For example, research the difference between spot-lights, flood-lighting, and back-lighting.
Plan appropriate sub-headings to structure your fact-sheet and decide what important information you want to include.
Make your fact-sheet.
Primary and secondary colours
This website explains how coloured light mixes to make secondary colours.
Coloured light and filters
This website contains a lot of detail so look at the pictures. It explains what primary and secondary colours of light are. It explains what filters do to light and there is a table showing the colour of objects seen in different lights. You will need to follow the different links to get to all of the useful information.
Stage lighting (extension)
This website explains the difference between different types of stage light and how effects can be created.
You have now made a fact-sheet to give to amateur-theatre groups to help them plan their lighting schemes.
Look at the questions below and check whether you have met the brief.
- Have you stated the primary and secondary colors of light?
- Have you stated the combinations of colored light that are used to create
- Have you described how filters affect the color of light passing through them?
- Have you described how colors of objects appear to change when you see them in colored light?
- Is your fact-sheet made of one piece of paper?
- Have you used language which can be understood by people with nonscientific knowledge?