This is a beautiful and very simple project. You'll feel like you're looking out at New York City at night!
tempera or acrylic paint--blue, white, black
9x12 white paper
1.Give each student a small amount of white paint. First paint the moon. Make a white circle about the size of a quarter. The moon can be in the center or on the side of the paper. Add a little blue to the white paint to make a new value. Paint a ring of light blue around the moon. Add a little more blue to the white paint and paint another ring. Keep adding blue paint until you make 4 or 5 rings of different values. Paint the rest of the paper with the darkest blue.
2. Let the background dry overnight.
3. Look at some example of the New York City skyline at night. What shapes do you see for the buildings? What shapes do you see on the top of the buildings? Are all the lights on in every building at night?
4. Use black paint to paint a row of buildings over the blue background. Smooth the paint down so it will dry faster and look smooth.
5. Use a small paintbrush to add white windows on each building. One easy way to make rectangles is to use the paintbrush like a stamp, loading the brush with paint and pressing the side of the brush against the paper.
This project adapted from a Lesson Starter at ArtSonia.com.