Welcome back. I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas break and are looking forward to the year 2013 with excitement. I thought we’d begin the new year in Space!
This Fantasy Space Art project appears in the wonderful book, ‘Dymanic Art Projects for Children’ by Denise M. Logan. The second and third graders are such an inventive group of students that this was a perfect project to springboard into a creative writing project. Ms. Bravo will be guiding them through this exercise later this month. While working on their art they were told to imagine what they would like their Fantasy planet to look like. What creatures would live there, what the climate would be like, the flora and fauna, the landscape and many other characteristics.
But back to this week’s art. Students were guided through this multi-step project beginning with creating their background. To create their galaxy they splattered white paint on to black paper. Next, they had to create paper that would become their planets and landscape. This was achieved by covering a sheet of paper in water and adding different colors of tempera paint that ran together. Plastic wrap was then placed on top of the wet surface and as it dried created wrinkles and channels on the paint. Once this had dried, different sized circles were traced and cut out and the remaining paper was used to create the landforms. Black oil pastel was added to the planets to create darkness and shade and lines were added to the landforms, creating cracks and a depth to the spacescape. Planets and landforms were glued to the blackground. Final touches were added with white chalk to create tails for comets, beams of light for a star and a city dome. I think you’ll agree that these are quite ‘fantastic!’ Great job 2nd and 3rd grade 🙂