Over the last week we’ve been working on an art piece that has been a cumulation of several art processes. We started off by making our background when we were talking about stars. We took some black card, white paint and a toothbrush. We dipped the toothbrush into the white paint, pointed the bristles downwards towards the card and then pulled back. This flicked white paint onto the card giving the effect of stars. I had to smile when one child asked what the white stuff was. They thought it was toothpaste!
The second part of the process involved making some paper which would later become our planets. We used a number of printmaking and painting techniques to create the paper. On one table we used Edicol dye to colour the paper. Then we dabbed it with scrunched up newspaper to create a textured effect.
On another table we placed the paper in banana boxes and used golf balls dipped in red and orange paint to create a fiery background.
On the last table we decorated the paper by applying paint and then using various implements to make patterns in the paint. We used toothbrushes, potato mashers, plastic forks, scrapers, corks and anything else we thought might make a good impression.
Once our papers were dry we traced various sized circles onto the back and cut them out to form our planets. We glued them to our starry backgrounds and then added a little astronaut figure with our own faces in it. We also used some sparkly gold glitter paint to create a golden comet trail through our artwork.