What you will need:
Plexiglas (any size although O'Neil's windows are approximately 21" x 30"), colored see-through thin plastic (should be sticky on one side), scissors, permanent markers, acrylic paint, paper (tracing paper, construction paper and tissue), Mylar, glue.
For centuries, artists have used stained glass to make an environment more inviting. Churches and other spiritual places have relied on stained glass to add an inspirational and ethereal presence.
Make your own stained "glass." Cut shapes out of the papers and see-through plastic. Glue or stick these shapes to your Plexiglas plate. Overlap the tissue papers to get different colors. Experiment with adding acrylic, watercolor or tempera paint. Use the permanent marker to draw objects or words.
Once the piece has dried, tape it to a window and watch the light come through, casting shadows and colors on the opposite wall. What materials can you see through and what materials are opaque (don't let the light pass through)? Can you see through the tissue paper? The construction paper?
What you will need:
Paper towel or toilet paper roll, clear contact paper, glitter, paper shapes, small beads, confetti, construction paper, masking tape, clear tape, plastic wrap
If Nancy O'Neil's stained-glass windows were at the end of a kaleidoscope the colors would change with the turn of the wheel. Words and images would shift and collide.
Build your own kaleidoscope. Trace the end of the roll on the clear contact paper and cut out the circle. Peel the backing off the contact paper and lay it down with the sticky surface face up. Stick a variety of materials (glitter, confetti, colored bits of paper, beads) on its surface. Cut out another circle from the contact paper. Make sure it's a little bigger around than the first circle. Place the sticky side on top of the other sticky circle (you will be "sandwiching" the glitter, beads, etc. between the two circles). Flip the whole "sandwich" over. Some sticky surface should remain around the perimeter. Carefully place the tube onto the outer ring of sticky stuff and seal the contact paper to the sides of the tube.
Now that you've constructed your kaleidoscope, test it out! Look through the end and turn it. Aim it at light. What do you see? Does your view change as you move the tube?