Last year’s 5th/6th graders had fun making these space shuttles, inspired by Lines, Dots, and Doodles.
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:
When we started this piece, I was really excited. Something inside me loves to be a messy artist, so when it came to the cling-wrap method of making textured paper, I was beside myself with glee. The kids, however, liked the squishy part of moving the paint around, but didn’t like the part when they had to scrunch it all up. I got this idea from Dynamic Art Projects for Kids, by Denise Logan.
Make sure you lay a lot of news paper and use HEAVY cardstock for this project!
Now to begin creating far-away galaxies:
How about a little sci-fi city for your sci-fi planet?
Don’t forget to give your city a force field – because we all know there’s no breathable air in cities that are on outer space planets in sci-fi movies. Oh, and force fields are glowy.