My 6th grade students participated in the Dream Rocket project last fall, making artwork with a "Space" theme for a show at the Cosmosphere. When I read about the exhibit, I knew I wanted to sign up my students who spend the first 9 weeks of school studying astronomy in their science class.
Since we are trying out choice based art this year, the students had the option of participating in the Dream Rocket or continuing with something of their own. I had the interested students come over to me for more details after the whole class watched a video about the Dream Rocket and discussed some space images from one of my Pinterest boards.
The interested students divided themselves into small groups and set to work brainstorming. This was really cool to watch! They had ideas from their studies earlier in the semester so I saw a good balance of imagination and "real"science.
Most of the artwork was created with regular old tempera paint but some added homemade spray paint or collage elements.
97 cent spray bottles filled with diluted tempera paint make cool galaxies. The students above worked together to swirl the runny paint.
My school is in the middle of a big vocabulary experiment. Each month there are 10 words that we want all 4th-6th grade students to "own". It worked out really well that in December two of the words fit perfectly with the Dream Rocket project so I used them in the hallway display. "Look What We Can ACHIEVE When We COLLABORATE". Some of the words a bit hard to read in the photo.
Now if all goes well with the final stages of planning, my students space artwork, as well as the other Dream Rocket paintings my 2nd and 3rd grade students made last year, (see them here) and others submitted from across the US and all over the world will be used to wrap the Saturn V Moon Rocket at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. How cool is that?
You can see the rest of the paintings in our Artsonia gallery and check out our short Animoto video below.