Eye for Colour is an exciting new exhibition aimed at 7-12 year olds, which explores all aspects of colour in the world around us.
Hands-on exhibits and interactive displays help visitors understand the science of colour, colour in nature, in art and in our everyday surroundings.
From the food we eat to the political party we vote for, colour is everywhere. If you've ever wondered why you sometimes feel blue or in the pink, you'll find the answer here!
Built by National Museums, Liverpool Eye for Colour is an exhibition produced by The Association for Science and Discovery Centres Travelling Exhibitions Consortium (eTEC) and funded by the Millennium Commission through a ReDiscover grant.
Eye for Colour has 40 exhibits, including 24 interactives, ranging from dressing up for young visitors to the Art Machine, which allows visitors to create their own masterpiece on a virtual canvas and email it home.
The exhibition is in six sections:
Seeing colour - where visitors view the gallery through a giant eyeball to see the image created on the back of the eye.
Colour and light - includes a darkened enclosure with a dramatic centrepiece of revolving prisms splitting white light into the colours of the spectrum.
Colour in culture - illustrates the powerful links between colour and culture through language, images, and objects. Visitors can discover the significance of their favourite colour, learn how people with visual impairments perceive colour and view the meals in the colour café to see how colour indicates whether food is safe to eat.
Colour in nature - includes a stunning film with images ranging from autumn leaves to rainbows. Find out how animals camouflage themselves, attract mates and send out warning signals. View the world through the eyes of a bee, a dog or a fish and then colour in a fish and watch it swim away in the Flashy Fish computer interactive.
Colour in art - a giant palette explains where pigments come from, how they are made and what they are used. Lift up the flaps on our reproduction masterpieces to find out more and then get creative on the Art Machine.
The mood room - do certain colours, create particular moods? In this enclosed space visitors can experience colour accompanied by atmospheric music while from the outside the space pulses coloured light.
From the Seeing Colour section
The Art Machine (from the Seeing Colour section)
Arches from the Colour in Culture section
Artist's palette from the Colour in Art section
The Stroop test from the Colour in Culture section
Concealing colour from the Colour in Culture section
The Mood Room
Flashy fish from the Colour in Nature section
Education and Family Events
The following section gives some guidance on both formal and informal activities for Eye for Colour, with suggested workshops and activities.
Colour & Light Session (Schools KS2)
This is a demonstrator lead activity and lasts approximately 45 minutes with a series of interactive demonstrations and a Power Point presentation illustrating the following subject areas:
What is light?
How does light travel?
Refraction (bending of light)
Splitting light into colour
Colours in the sky
Reflection and absorption – how the eye sees colour
Primary colours – hot and cold colours
Colour & Light Family Show
This is a demonstrator lead activity and lasts approximately 30 minutes. The show will include some simple experiments that will demonstrate some of the underlying principles behind the science involved, many of these can also be performed at home.