Created by Solis Cohen Elementary School’s 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Students, Philadelphia, PA
After School Art Program
Teachers: Ms. Elizabeth Wetzler, art instructor / Ms. Gloria Haag, art instructor / Mrs, Serianni, principle, Mrs. Wilcox, vice principle / Ms. Cassandra Ward, 5th grade teacher / Ms. Sandra Yeck, 4th grade teacher / Mrs. Javita Littles, 6th grade teacher / Mrs. Martin, 6th grade teacher
Title: The Night Sky/planets and constellations
Theme: Science / Technology
Materials and techniques: After classroom discussions and examinations of the various scientific materials, students were able to use this information to create their artwork. They sketched the forms in the picture with pencil, then outlined the planets in oil pastel, this defined the shapes. Watercolor paint completed the picture. Our students also used the various elements of art, such as overlapping of shapes to create the illusion of depth, colors relevant to the planets, and shading to design their paintings.
Did you enjoy this project? Yes everyone enjoyed working on this project and the information provided sparked a new level of interest not only in our nation’s space program but science and physics as well.
About: Our paintings focused mainly on The Night Sky. Our students studied our Solar System with an emphasis on planets and constellations. We studied the pictures sent to our school from the Hubble telescope, and the videos sent from NASA entitled, “Amazing Space”. We were truly amazed at the clarity of the photos from space and the monthly events seen on the videos. Students noted the difference between the small inner planets, and the large outer planets.