A giant elephant-shaped sculpture is made by fixing plastic pipes to a wall. The pipes are then filled with fluorescent liquid and illuminated using a black light. This exact method may not be possible in school but is a good starting point for art activities focussing on line drawing, colour contrasts, wax resist techniques and using light colours on dark backgrounds. A black light (ultra-violet tube) can also be used safely in school to illuminate art work painted in fluorescent colours on black paper with stunning effects.

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Pupils could paint with fluorescent colours on black paper and shine a black light (ultra-violet) onto them directly to make glow-in-the-dark pictures. Pupils could use contrasting colours in different media including paints, chalks, crayons and oil pastels to familiarise children with colour schemes and combinations.