The Sun Projects

Oil pastel Sun with the Scratch technique

Oil Pastel Sun Line Drawings Art Lesson

Oil Pastel Sun With the Scratch Technique

Oil Pastel Sun With the Scratch Technique

Do you know that the sun is a star?

I didn’t know the sun is a star. At about 864,000 miles (1.4 million kilometers) wide, it could hold 109 planet Earths across its surface. It is so big you can stuff a million Earths inside. Our sun is full of crazy hot gasses. The temperature is about 10,000 degrees Fahrenheit (5,500 degrees Celsius) on the surface and more than 28 million degrees Fahrenheit (15.5 million Celsius) at the core.

Deep in the sun’s core, nuclear fusion reactions convert hydrogen to helium, which generates energy. Particles of light called photons carry this energy through the sun’s spherical shell, called the radiative zone, to the top layer of the solar interior, the convection zone. There, boiling motions of gases (like in a lava lamp) transfer the energy to the surface. This journey takes more than a million years.

Solar Wind and Flares

In addition to light, the sun radiates heat and a steady stream of charged particles known as the solar wind. The wind blows about 280 miles (450 kilometers) persecond throughout the solar system. Every so often, a patch of particles will burst from the sun in a solar flare, which can disrupt satellite communications and knock out power on Earth. Flares usually stem from the activity of sunspots, cool regions of the photosphere related to a shifting magnetic field inside the sun.

Like many energy sources, the sun is not forever. It is already about 4.5 billion years old and has used up nearly half of the hydrogen in its core. The sun will continue to burn through the hydrogen for another five billion years or so, and then helium will become its primary fuel. The sun will expand to about a hundred times its current size, swallowing Earth and other planets. It will burn as a red giant for another billion years and then collapse into a white dwarf about the size of planet Earth.

Most of my information was gathered from: 

National Geographic

Our God is so amazing!

I love summer because the sun stays out longer which make the days longer. The sun always gives me energy. What do you like most about the sun? I read all about the sun, and I now know that only our God could have created something so magnificent.

Genesis 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

2nd Grade Student Art With Markers
2nd Grade Student Art With Markers
5th Grade Student's Art in Marker
5th Grade Student's Art in Marker

Sun Projects – Sun Stand Still

Something else that is great about this project is the students can do this line project in markers is you don’t have oil pastels. Here are a few of the example in marker.

8th Grade Student's Art
6th Grade Student's Art
6th Grade Student's Art

Sun Projects - Sun Stand Still

Sun line drawing in oil pastel

Sun Stand Still – Oil Pastel

This 9-page booklet has a list of learning objectives, step-by-step instructions, material list, and practice pages.

Grades 4th-6th

2 to 3-day project (45 minutes a day)

Learning Objectives

• Discuss what you like most about the sun.
• Discuss how God helps those who pray and ask for help.
• Use lines, shapes, and patterns to create a sun.
• Use 5 colors to create color harmony and design.
• Discuss “what is a color scheme?”.
• Use fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination in drawing lines and highlighting details with an oil pastel.

Materials

• 9” x 12” or larger tag board
• Pencils
• Oil pastels
• Black acrylic or tempera paint plus any additional colors for touch up
• Brushes — old small flat or filbert brushes
• Baby oil or cooking oil
• Small cups for oil
• Q-tips

Sun Stand Still – Mixed Media Scratch Technique

This is a mixed media project with oil pastel and paint. This 11-page booklet has a list of learning objectives, step-by-step instructions, material list, and practice pages. It also includes a short history of the scratch board techniques.

Grades 6th-8th

2 to 3-day project (45 minutes a day)

Learning Objectives

• Discuss what you like most about the sun.
• Discuss how God helps those who pray and ask for help.
• Use of mixed media
• Use contrast (positive and negative) to create an image.
• Use 5 colors to create color harmony and design.
• Discuss “what is a color scheme?”.

Materials

• 9” x 12” or larger white tag board paper
• Pencils
• Oil pastels
• Black acrylic or tempera paint plus any additional colors for touch up
• Wooden skewers or scissors for scratching/scraping
• Brushes — small and medium

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