8/31/16

"Outer Space Art" inspired by Creative Galaxy

Today I am sharing a craft that is 'out of this world' :) Ya'll know that one of favorite things to do with my kids is get crafty. Whether we are in the kitchen making a fun snack or breaking out the paints in the craft room-- I really enjoy being creative with my kids. It seems to bring out the best in all of us. And to be honest, sometimes playing with kids (whether its dolls, legos, "pretend" etc) is kind of hard! Which is why being creative together is so great. Artistic and creative projects allow you to spend quality time with your children and keep both of your minds stimulated :) 




Which leads to why I was super excited to be contacted by the people behind the Amazon Original Kids series "Creative Galaxy". Creative Galaxy is a 'make-along, create-along' animated art adventure series that celebrates creative thinking through crafts, story, music and dance. 



The series follows the adventures of Arty and his side-kick Epiphany as they travel around the galaxy to solve problems using different forms of art. What I like about the show is that it highlights various creative mediums (painting, music, sculpting, cooking etc.) to reinforce to kids that art is all around us. 

With the second season of Creative Galaxy kicking off on Prime Video on Friday, September 16th, it seemed only fitting that we make something that was "out of this world" to celebrate! 



So let's get to it. For our Outer Space Art, you will need: 
-black construction paper
-white construction paper
-glow in the dark paint
-white pastel crayon
-brightly colored paints 
-paint brushes
-scissors
-glue


To start, paint large areas on the white paper with bold colors. Polka dots, swirls, stripes, splatter. Experiment with technique. (My girls loved this part because there were 'no rules'. Messy is good!)



While the white paper is drying, use the white pastel crayon to create stars on the black paper. 



After the white paper paintings have dried, cut out circles in various sizes. These will be used for the planets. 



Glue the planets to the black paper. Add rings around your planets with the white pastel crayon. Use the glow in the dark paint on the planets and stars. 



After the paint dries, turn off the lights and see your art work come to life! 



My girls liked this craft because it wasn't overly complicated and didn't need a lot of adult assistance. Projects are more fun when the kiddos can actually do it themselves. While they created, we talked about the planets and what we see at night in the sky. I liked that my girls used art to communicate their understanding of outer space. (It was a great mixture of art and science.) And now these paintings can hang in their room. So no matter what time of day it is, they can always wish on a star! 

Be sure to check out the second season of Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime Video (available beginning Friday, September 16) and let me know what your kiddos think of it. I hope it inspires them to create some Outer Space Art of their own! 

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