Art – Space Odyssey


My high school kids got a chance to do something they’ve been wanting to do for a very long time:  spray paint art!  If you’re wondering why, let me break it down for you.  High schoolers + spray paint = love.


We were able to get all of them done in one class period, which was a bonus – for us, and for the school, because the fumes were horrendous, and although we did it outside, the smell made its way into the school.  We had to leave our windows open for the day, which wasn’t a bad thing, since the weather’s back to being nice again.


The color choices I had for the kids were yellow, orange, red, turquoise, purple, pink, dark blue, and lime green.  There was also two cans of black, a white, and a clear.  You have to get glossy, or it won’t work.  You’ll also need newspaper (to cover the work space and the drying area), cans of different sizes, blue painter’s tape (to hold down the paper while you spray), old magazines, posterboard that has a glossy side, and nitrile gloves.


First, they had to decide where their three planets were going to be.  Then, they had to pick out which three colors they wanted each planet to be, and lay down the lightest color first, followed by the medium color, and then the darkest.  Next, some of them took a page from a magazine and slightly crumpled it and pressed or twisted it into the wet paint, creating beautiful swirls or marks of color.  Once that was done, they shaded the planet by making a “C” on the lower side of where their planet would go.

When they finished that part, they laid out their cans to use as masks, and then sprayed their “mountainous range,” using two or three colors (lightest down first!), and sprayed the entire paper black.  Then, they pooled some white on their fingers and flicked it on the paper to make stars and removed the cans.  Finally, while the paint was still wet, they used crumpled magazine pages to remove the black on the mountains.  If the paint started to dry out, they used clear to reactivate it.  That’s it!


And here are all the finished pieces:


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