This week my students have been loving learning about the Arctic. They have been so interested in all the different animals that live there and have retained so many facts about each one. It’s been so great to see my students take the knowledge that they have been learning, and transfer it into their kid conversations and writing!
By far, one of my students’ favorite things they learned about was the Northern Lights. They could not get enough of looking at pictures, listening to stories, and watching videos of the spectacular light show. Therefore, we just HAD to extend their learning with a craft. I wanted my students’ paintings to really display the movement of the Northern Lights and used a watercolor technique that really worked.
First, I put a table cloth down on the tables because I knew this would not be a neat project! I also used liquid watercolors to showcase the vivid colors of the lights.
The first step in the project was to wet the entire piece of paper. I gave each student a sponge and a cup of water and had them “paint” the paper with water. (By making the paper wet, it caused the paint to “dance” on the page.)
After their paper was wet, they then used their favorite pictures as inspiration and painted the Northern Lights.
I showed them how to create movement with their paint by creating layers of color.
Finally, after their entire paper was covered, we once again went over the paint with a wet sponge.
This resulted in a really neat end result. Once dry, we added black mountains to their art project and hung them up for everyone to see!
My students were so proud of the way they came out!
If you want to do this project you only need four things:
*Sponges and water
*Black Construction Paper (for the mountains)
I hope that you are having a great day! Stop by again soon to see how we are using the Arctic in our math lessons!