Ok, today we are making out of this world, crazy, outer space landscapes! This project is for older kids, I’d say 7 and up. I think middle schoolers are the perfect age for this. But younger kids can certainly paint alongside! It is so fun seeing the different planetary landscapes at the end. They all turn out so different!
You will need:
White charcoal or colored pencil
Black tempera paint
A thick brush
First, add a colorful gradient across the top half of your paper. Remember, in outer space skies can be very creative colors. No need to stick to blue! Use pastels and blend them together with your hands or a soft cloth.
Next, use your thick brush to cover the bottom half of your paper with the tempera paint. Let little bumps and overlaps stay instead of smoothing it out. These make for perfect craters and mountains later!
Or, you can skip ahead to adding details like my daughter did below. Using the charcoal and stump, add planet bumps and craters. Try to remember that one side should get shadows, and the other side will get highlights at the end. Pick which side the light source should be coming from for your planet and stick to it.
Next, add planets and moons to the sky. Using a white colored pencil or charcoal pencil, add highlights to one side of your shapes. This makes your planet really pop!
Your planet is complete! Hang them up and dream of life on your new creation.
I’d love to see any planets that you make!