Create living paintings with colorful yeast! Great for science class, visual arts class, or as a fun and easy science and art exercise at home.
The Yeast Canvas Kit is a fun first step into learning about biotechnology, genetic engineering, and an exciting new branch of art called BioArt. That's right! You can make art with yeast! This kit lets you use colorful yeast to make some beautiful living art.
Just like the original bacteria Canvas Kit, the Yeast Canvas Kit enables you to grow colored yeast to make art, all the while learning about this new organism. If you have done the bacteria Canvas Kit before, key differences you’ll discover firsthand include the incubation temperature and timing, texture and smell of the yeast, and its growth media.
As the yeast grows slower than bacteria (36-72+ hours of incubation ), this kit can take up to a week to complete.
You can even visit the American Society for Microbiology Agar Art Competition for inspiration and a chance to enter your artwork & win!
The recommended equipment for this experiment is a 37 °C incubator (or a 30 °C incubator for the yeast version). The incubator is recommended for the best result but not required. If you want, you can build you own DIY incubator by following this youtube tutorial. We have thermometers available if you do decide to build your own!
This kit is compatible with the DNA Playground's built-in incubator and Amino Lab's Classroom Incubator
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.
Experiment kits are shipped 1-5 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! ☺︎
The experiment kit(s) must be refrigerated upon arrival for best shelf life. If your experiment kits stay at room temperature before you collect it from your mailbox/mailroom/etc, that's ok! As long as kits do not freeze, and they are stored in a refrigerator if you are not using it right away, there's no need to worry. If you do not have access to a refrigerator to store your kit, use it as soon as possible, and place it in a cool dark place until use.
For any questions, don't hesistate to reach out to us - help (at) amino.bio
*Customers outside of North America*:
If we suspect your country has regulations on genetically engineered cells, your colored cells will be substituted with cells that naturally produce pigments (yellow & white) to meet shipping and import compliance. If you are keen on getting more colors, you can order an Engineer-it Kit and complete the genetic engineering of cells in a location that is approved by your government. This is a solution that works because the Engineer-it Kit will ship with no genetically engineered products (which meets import compliance), and YOU will complete the engineering steps (in an approved space).