Holiday Ornament ⭐️ Canvas Kit™


Create holiday ornaments from your living paintings made with colorful bacteria! Great for science class, visual arts class, or as a fun and easy science and art exercise at home.

Using a special edition Canvas kit and Keep-it kit, turn your living paintings into ornaments you can hang on your tree, table centerpieces, anywhere you wish! 

To learn more about the Canvas Kit, a fun first step into learning about biotechnology, genetic engineering, and an exciting new branch of art called BioArt by painting with colorful bacteria, see the Canvas kit listing. 

To learn more about the Keep-it kit, used to preserve Petri dishes, see the Keep-it kit listing.

While you do not need any specialized laboratory equipment to complete this kit, a DNA Playground or Classroom incubator can be used to incubate the paintings for easy and remarkable results. If you do not have an incubator, you can place your Petri dishes in the bags provided in a warm spot. 


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    What will you learn?

    For this art-meets-science project, you will:

    Make your own "painting canvases," called LB agar Petri dishes; a ubiquitous skill in the life sciences.
    Paint or stencil the colorful bacteria included in the kit onto three canvases.
    Incubate them in a warm spot, or an incubator if you have one
    Like an invisible ink, you won't see them at first, but as they grow and divide, they will become visible between 12-48 hours and change color. Your painting will emerge!
    With the Keep it kit: Mix the 2 parts resin in the mixing bag,
    Add the string to the petri dish
    Pour the resin on the Petri dishes you want to preserve
    Let dry and hang your art proudly!

    What's included?


    (1) Canvas Kit in Individual size: Sterile water, LB agar, and selective antibiotics, bacteria paintbrushes, Petri dishes (6 cm), textile to print on, colorful bacteria tubes, stencils. Colored bacteria included are purple, invisible-ink cyan (fluorescent), and magenta (fluorescent). If you have already engineered cells with an Engineer-it Kit and still have them, you can also use those cells with a Canvas Kit!
    Individual Kits: An individual kit with all the ingredients needed for completing one entire science experience. Great for an individual or a small group.
    (1) Keep-it Kit in Individual or Group size: Two-part resin, mixing bag.
    Individual Kits: An individual kit with all the ingredients needed for preserving your 3 Petri dishes of living paintings.
    Instructions: a manual with easy to understand vocabulary and step by step procedures and an online experiment simulation to practice with, teach you fundamentals, and guide you along the way. Available online. See the Resources tab for links!

    What else is needed?

    Necessary equipment: 37 °C incubator recommended but not required. Compatible with the DNA Playground & BioExplorer.

    Cleaning and safety supplies are not included. These supplies are: latex or nitrile gloves, a chlorinated cleaner or a solution of chlorinated bleach in a spray bottle. For more information about safety, set up and clean up, have a look at the instruction manual(s) for your kit or mini lab.

    Cleaning and safety supplies are not included in the kit. Necessary safety and cleaning supplies are latex or nitrile gloves, and a chlorinated bleach cleaner or a 10% solution of chlorinated bleach in a spray bottle (you can make this by adding 9 parts water to 1 part bleach in a spray bottle). You can add a Mini Safety Set to your kit which includes gloves and a reusable plastic apron to protect your clothes.

    For more information about safety, set up and clean up, you can have a look at the instruction manual for the experiment linked in the Ressources section below, and at the "Practicing safe science" page.

    Storage & Shipping

    Shipping Times

    Experiment kits are shipped 1-10 working days after you place your order. If you require yours for a specific date or event, please contact us before or with your order # so that we can try to make it happen for you! ☺︎ 


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