Rocket and Space Art Collage for Kids

Rocket-art

This is super fun art lesson and is sure to ignite the imaginations of the little ones. I have done this lesson with my first grade students in two 40-minute sessions. In order to complete in within this time frame, be sure to allow enough time to organize your supplies.

Supplies Per student:
One 12″ x 18″ white construction paper
Rectangular shaped piece of tag board (for main rocket)
Variety of pre-cut tag board shapes
Popsicle sticks (optional)
White glue
plastic buttons for decoration
white tempera paint or Gesso
Oil Pastels
Glitter paint
Black paint
Gold and silver metallic tempera paint

Step One: Becoming a Rocket Scientist!

Begin by giving each child a piece of white paper. This will serve as a table protector, rocket stabilizer and eventually, the background! Directly onto this paper (but not glued to), allow each child to build their rockets with pieces of tag board. Show the children pictures of rocket ships but encourage them to design their own idea of a what they think a rocket should look like. Make sure all the parts are glued to the rectangular base and not to the paper.
Once the ship is built, paint all surfaces with gesso or white paint.

Step Two: Coloring the Planets

Using oil pastel, draw large circles for the planets and color them in with oil pastels. Show the children how to put some planets in the background and some up front. Swirl glitter paint over the oil pastel planets to create a sparkling universe!

Step Three: Painting Deep Space

Using the black paint, have the children paint around the planets, making sure not to paint over or through the planets. Using the back of the brush, the kids can add stars using gold or white paint.

Step Four: Painting the Rocket

Once the rocket has dried (usually the next class), the kids can now paint their rocket however they wish. Then glue the rocket to their background page.

4 comments

  1. sara's art house says:

    Yes! I LOVE this rocket project- my kids will LOVE this :)

  2. Julie Durocher says:

    I love this too! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. John says:

    This site is a life saver! This particular lesson goes SO well with our current “shapes” math unit!

    Thanks a bunch.
    John

  4. [...] Using similar recycled materials, I created Rocket & Space Collage. I saw this idea behind a glass case at the Aerospace Museum at The Los Angeles Science Center. I snapped a picture and began collecting tag board scraps. You’ll need something heavy like tagboard but you could also cut up corrugated cardboard boxes or cereal boxes. It’s a dynamic piece that not only uses up old scraps but covers many art concepts. A real keeper! Full Tutorial Here. [...]

  5. Amber says:

    Perfect for my school agers…I try to do an art project that goes along with our preschool theme to put up for display. This week we’ll be exploring with rockets. They already have explored with oil pastels and paint so this will extend upon that. Thank you!

  6. [...] similar recycled materials, I created Rocket & Space Collage. I saw this idea behind a glass case at the Aerospace Museum at The Los Angeles Science Center. I [...]

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