Monday, August 1, 2011

* Splatter Paint and Watercolor Outer Space Picture Project

I decided to kick off Outer Space week 
with a fun art lesson I used to do with my elementary school students!
We made our own Outer Space Mixed Media picture.

First, I set up "C" with some watercolor paper.
We traced some circle shapes by tracing around 
play-dough lids, coins, and various cups in the art studio.

Then, she got to work painting cool planets.
It's more fun to make up your own but you could
try to make a scale model of space and our solar system
if you wanted to get all scientific. 

She really enjoyed using the "wet on wet" technique
for some cool planet effects! 

While the watercolor planets were drying, 
we headed out into the yard to make our "stars" in outer space.

Equipped with a shallow dish of white paint,
an old toothbrush, and some black construction paper.
I showed "C" how to dip her tooth brush in the white paint
and flick/splatter the paint onto the black paper.

Note: Point the bristles DOWN to the paper, not up 
or you'll get paint freckles on your face!

The various white flecks and splatters of paint look like stars!

Then, it was time to cut out the planets 
and start gluing them onto her outer space background.

She used an Elmer's Glue glue stick (our favorite)
to glue down all of her planets.

Close-up of splatter stars and colorful planets!

Ta-da, an out of this world picture!
This post is part of the Smart Summer Challenge.
Check out our other hostesses, 
Candace over at Naturally Educational
and Amy at TeachMama.com

Visit our blogs throughout the week for lots of fun ideas
to explore Outer Space Fun Week with your own kids. 
This is our final week of the Smart Summer Challenge
Please come back and join us on Friday, August 5th
for our weekly Smart Summer Linky party,
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Pink and Green Mama, MaryLea


Sarah said...

So cute!!! As always I love the art you and your girls produce!

Kids Curriculum said...

Lovely kid and great paintings.

Clearwater Blogger said...

I just found your blog last week and I'm so excited to dig through your archives and start doing some of your projects with my little ones. Thanks!

Kayla said...

love it!

Lisa said...

i love this! i really love the toothbrush idea!!
have a great week

Kathy said...

What a terrific idea! We made space t-shirts with fabric paint on black shirts once. Working with any kind of media on a black surface seems to be something different and a lot of fun! Thanks for the inspiration.

Cindy said...

I love how that turned out!

julie said...

What a fun project! My girlies are old enough now to enjoy such step-by-step projects, so it's something that we'll have to try out today when we're taking a break from our planned model rocket build.

Amanda said...

Just stopping by to let you know that I have featured your project on Fun Family Crafts today! You can see it here

If you have other kid friendly crafts, I'd love it if you would submit them :) If you would like to display a featured button on your site, you can grab one from the right side bar of your post above.

Candace said...

we did this project yesterday and it turned out SO well, so I had to come back and say "thanks" and show off our awesome art projects. :)


rainydaymum said...

Really like the mixed media idea - would love to feature this post on my blog next week for World Space Week

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

@ Rainydaymum -- That would be greta - thanks! : )

Canon Ink said...

Oh my goodness, it was pretty fantastic...........Great job ..your decorations are fantastic..... Thanks for sharing!!!

jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa said...

Love the open ended art expression!

We are doing a big geography study this year and we are including the earth and space. These galaxy paintings are perfect!

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