Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Art in 30: Aztec Suns

I love to make these suns because they are so colorful. My students use oil pastels for coloring, which look so vibrant. I would recommend buying a class set of oil pastels. They last and they make students' art so beautiful!

What you'll need:
-4"x4" piece of white construction paper for each child
-circle pattern smaller than the paper
-oil pastels
-5"x5" piece of black construction paper for matting

Using the circle pattern, students trace a circle in the center of their paper.

Draw triangles along the edge of the sun. I told the children to turn the sun as they were making triangles.
Draw a face on the sun.
The students chose the color they wanted for their suns. They traced the circle with a darker shade of their color and colored in the rest of the sun with a lighter shade. The students traced and colored in the eyes, nose, and mouth with black.
Use the lightest shade to color in the sun's rays.
Using the contrasting color, color in the background.

And there you go! This activity took about 25 minutes. My students have had lesson in shades of colors and contrasting colors. You can have your students color these any way you like. Aztec suns generally have many colors and, once displayed, these will brighten up your room!


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