Had a wonderful time working with the Yonkers-area teachers that attended my talk/workshop at the Hudson River Museum yesterday.
Since painting with bacteria requires 12-18 hours in an incubator to see the designs emerge, I instead asked teachers to experiment with 5 "mystery" materials to create opportunities to discover the properties of these liquids, much as i had to do as an artist, working with living bacteria.
When mixed in certain combinations, participants found that these mystery materials created surprising effects. Their task was to discover those effects, identify the materials, and use them to create works of art.
Thank you to Saralinda Lichtblau for inviting me up to share our work!