Engage young astronomers (and not so young) by creating Smart Star-Art that everyone can enjoy. You will need a space with tables and chairs where the kids can work. Assume one hour for each session of Smart Star-Art.
Begin by choosing a theme. Pick one from the list below or use an idea of your own. Bring together some information resources to help you tell the kids about your subject: books, magazines, images, posters, music, videos, etc. Ask the kids what they know about the subject. Note their ideas and use them as a springboard for discussion. Dive into the topic with lots of pictures and other information.
When you have spent some time discussing your subject, have your young astronomers create a work of art about something they have just learned. Whatever it is, work with them to help them clarify their thoughts, but let them express their ideas freely. Make sure they label their work with their name and a title.
You may want to present each astronomer-artist with a certificate of participation in Smart Star-Art. Remember to take a good look at the works produced by your young astronomers. You might find the ideal T-shirt design or logo for next year’s Astronomy Day!
Some suggested themes:
- Properties of Stars
- Constellations and Star Patterns in the Sky
- Light Pollution
- The Sun and the Aurorae
- Moons and Planets
- Comets and Meteors
Suggested materials (enough for everybody):
- Good quality art paper (large sheets) in a variety of colors
- Poster paints (water soluble) in a variety of colors
- Medium and large size craft paint brushes
- Pencils, pens, markers, oil pastels
- Scissors, glue, glitter, stick-on stars, etc.
- Plastic pots for mixing paint and rinsing brushes
- Plastic sheeting to protect surfaces from paint spills
- Paper towels for mopping up
Additional information resources:
- Sky stories from different cultures
- Songs and poems about the sky (day time, night time, weather-related)
- Artworks that feature the sky
More hands-on activities are available in Starry Night® Middle School and
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