Fourth graders did a fantastic job with these mixed media solar systems! We started this project as while they learned about planets, stars, and solar systems in science class so there were some great cross-curricular connections.
We began by looking at Starry Night and noticing the lines of movement in the night sky.
Students used liquid glue to create lines inspired by starry night on black paper. They sprinkled multi-colored glue onto the glue and placed the paper onto the drying rack. We used multi-colored glitter to represent stars that are hot and cooler, closer and far away.
The next week, we created a beautiful mono-print with ziploc bags, markers, and spray bottles. First, students colored on the bags with Mr. Sketch water based markers.
Next, they sprayed the bags a couple of times with water.
Then, they gently pressed a white paper onto the wet bag.
When the paper is carefully peeled off, it reveals a beautiful tie-dye watercolor paper. It was such a fun way to create a painting!
The next week, we read Tiny Little Rocket and had a chat about form and planetary rotation. Planets are 3D and we can make out planets look like they have form by shading. The part closer to the sun is not shaded and the part further away has a dark crescent. Students used cups to trace circles onto their painted paper and a black colored pencil to create a shaded crescent.
The next art class, students carefully cut and glued their planets onto their starry night background. They had to make sure their shaded sides were all going in the same direction and could also use scrap paper to make some planets pop up. They could also overlap planets and make some going off of the page.
This turned out to be a super fun project, the process and the product are equally successful and engaging. I love when students are able to make connections in the art room and bring their learning into other aspects of their lives 🙂
❤ Mrs. K