This lesson was the first grader version of this self portrait lesson that I did with all the older kids (grades 2-5) during my last residency. I figured that we'd use all the same materials and techniques, just with a different subject matter. Not that first graders couldn't do self portraits, but probably not the proportions lesson that I went through with the older kids. Anyway, here's what we did:
• white paper
• star sequins
• sharpies in dark colors
• "bleeding" art tissue cut into small squares
• paper scraps for windows and half sheets of black (cut the long "hot dog" way)
1.) Have kids draw "space-y" things in sharpie on their white papers. Planets, spaceships, stars, etc. etc. Pretty cute to see what they come up with here.
2.) Have them lay out their tissue paper squares over their drawings. Come around and spray water on the finished ones. Peel off tissue paper. If it's not colored enough, this process can be repeated, for a more saturated, layered effect.
3.) When these are dry, show a couple cityscape examples and talk about shapes they could use for their skyline silhouettes. Hand out a half sheet of black to each kid and have them draw and cut out their city skylines in one piece if they can. Glue little windows onto them, and add sequins in the sky if you want. Super cute!