3rd, 4th and 5th graders have been studying the planets during science. So an art project exploring otherworldly aspects of the solar system was a timely option for the students.
The first step was for students to create their background. They accomplished this by splatter painting a black sheet of paper with white paint. This was to be their solar system. Next, students had to create a multi-colored painted piece of paper. This was the paper from which they would cut out their planets. Thick paint was applied to paper and while still wet, saran wrap was placed over the paper creating a crackle texture. Once dry, students cut out planets and a planet surface. Shading was added to the planets, creating shadow and a three dimensional effect. All shapes were then glued to their white, splattered background.