It’s been a space-themed week at my school, thanks to Monday’s eclipse. It provided the perfect subject matter for a new black paper and metallic marker project.
- Black Card Stock paper, 8.5″ x 11″ (Look for Astrobright black at Staples, it’s perfect)
- Crayola Metallic Markers
- Circle Stencil, from Laurie Speltz, Creative Coach
Note: I found this wonderful circle template a few years ago, and they’ve done a beautiful job in helping students make precise circles. They are made of a thin plastic that will crease if mishandled, but with a warning my students have used them well for many years. I even think Laura has a teacher discount upon request. Here’s a photo of one in front of a sheet of black paper.
- Use the stencil and pencil on the black paper to draw lots of large and small “planets”.
- Add rings to one or more of the planets.
- Trace all the planets with a metallic marker and fill in with one or more colors.
- Use the silver marker to gently make lots of dots (stars) in the background.
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