The Making of “Building with Light”

In the 2017 Community Arts Initiative Artist project, “Building with Light,” students from the Museum’s ten Community Arts Initiative (CAI) partners visited the MFA with artist Julie Martini. Sketchbooks in hand, students explored the MFA’s galleries to look for artworks that use light—stained glass, contemporary light art, and Impressionist painting. Inspired by what they explored, the children used transparent materials to experiment with how they intensify and modify light. One group visited a glass-blowing studio. “Building with Light” celebrates their discoveries, incorporating colors, patterns, and motifs into designs on large Plexiglas panels.