Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 3rd Grade, Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 3rd Grade, Philadelphia, PA

Created by Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 3rd Grade, Philadelphia, PA

Teacher: Mrs. Dengler

Title: Nebulae: Art and the Cosmic Connection and the Elements of Art & Design

Theme: Your Night Sky, Astronomy

Materials and techniques: Students used several materials and technical skills for this project…Materials included chalk pastels, oil pastel, and tempera paint. Students learned how to blend chalk pastels, how to create a glowing star using chalk and oil pastel, and how to paint a smooth texture.

Did you enjoy this project? It was a great project to work on with the students who were truly amazed at the beauty of our universe, and in aww that we can spot the elements of art and design in just about anything!

About: With this project, third grade students explored and appreciated the diversity of the solar system by learning about various NASA space missions. Students also learned about and applied the Elements of Art & Design (shape, line, color, value, texture) to planetary images using critical analysis skills. After learning how to blend colors with chalk pastels, and the importance of negative and positive space – the students created their own colorful star being born, a nebulae, using cool and warm colors on a painted background, creating artwork inspired by the cosmic images they have been studying.

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