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Mono-Moonscape Painting/Collage

Explore positive and negative space using monoprint and collage techniques to create an imaginary lunar landscape.

  • Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Invite students to look at pictures of the moon's surface. Encourage them to note various shapes and textures such as seas, craters, mountain ranges, and plains. Ask students to imagine and discuss what the surface of the moon would look like from inside a lunar module.
    2. Ask students why we are interested in traveling to the Moon. Let them know that they will be researching the efforts made in the 20th Century to get a man on the Moon. For this purpose, organize a variety of text and electronic resources for student groups to use while investigating man's efforts to reach the Moon. When research is complete, have students shard and discuss their learning.
    3. Students will use their observations and learning to construct a Moonscape Collage. Begin this process by having them cover their work area with recycled newspaper. Spread out a piece of paper-size plastic bubble wrap with the bubbles up. Pour one or two colors of Crayola® Washable Paint on a paper plate or palette. Roll a brayer in the paint to coat it. Roll the brayer over the bubbles.
    4. Lay a piece of construction paper on top of the wet bubbles. Rub hands gently over the surface to transfer the paint to the paper. Set the paper aside to dry.
    5. Repeat the printing process with a second color. Place the paper in a slightly different place on the bubbles to create shadowed, textured effects.
    6. Tear additional shapes from scraps of construction paper. Roll the paint brayer over the bubble wrap, arrange the torn shapes, and rub gently to make more prints. Let all painted surfaces dry.
    7. On a larger piece of construction paper, arrange the painted papers into an aesthetically pleasing moonscape collage. Tear or cut pieces with Crayola Scissors. Mix equal parts of Crayola School Glue and water. Use paint brushes to spread the thinned glue on the construction paper. Put the torn paper pieces in place.
    8. For additional color and texture, paint over the surface of the collage. Apply Crayola Glitter Glue into the wet paint and allow to dry.
  • Standards

    LA: Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

    LA: Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

    LA: Summarize a written text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

    MATH: Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.

    SCI: Use a model of a rotating, spherical Earth and the relative positions of the sun and moon to explain patterns in daily changes in length and direction of shadows, day and night, and the phases of the moon.

    VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of experiences and ideas.

    VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca; Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon by Catherine Thimmesh; Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon by Judy Donnelly; Man on the Moon Anastasia Suen

    Students investigate the Apollo 11 landing on the moon. What was the significance of this event to the United States? What planning, financing, technological advances were necessary to make this a successful journey? What training did the astronauts need in order to be part of this flight?

    Working in small groups, students discuss the various topographic features found on the moon. What techniques did students use to create these features in their artwork?

    Considering the topography of the moon, students work with recycled materials to build a moon vehicle. How will the design safely navigate the bumpy surface of the moon?

    Organize an evening field trip to a local planetarium to learn how to use telescopes and gaze at the moon and stars. Prior to the trip, students make a list of questions and learning that they would like to focus on; after the visit, students post learning to a class blog.


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