Kindergarten and 1st grade have explored the wide open sky to the deep blue ocean this week through two art projects. Their first project involved drawing and then painting a space shuttle. Firstly, I need to say a big thank you to Mrs. Wenzel, who stepped in to teach this lesson while I was out of town. I loved how these turned out. I borrowed the idea from my favorite art blog, Deep Space Sparkle. Here is the link to the original lesson plan, http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2010/06/22/blast-off-space-shuttle-art-project/ . Mrs. Wenzel had the students practice drawing their shuttles on a dry erase board. Once they were confident and happy with their results, they then drew the shuttle on paper. Drawing on a large scale is often tricky for younger students. But I think they did an excellent job. They then painted their shuttles in whatever colors they chose and outlined in black. They then had to cut out their shuttle and choose a colored background on which to mount their painting. Students positioned their shuttles coming off their background paper to give the idea of movement. The next stage of the project was to include the vapor and steam. Mrs. Wenzel added an inspried touch by having the students use glue and glitter to simulate the heat that is expelled from the shuttle when it takes off. I know the students thoroughly enjoyed creating these shuttles.