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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Retro Rockets

Every year we have a school wide theme in our elementary school. We wear t-shirts that I design and everyone decorates their classroom with the same theme. This year’s theme is Space 
with our mission statement being- 
“Soaring to Success - L. Elementary Where Missions are Possible!” 

My first graders are total ROCKSTARS! 
Their excitement is so contagious that you just want them to stay all afternoon. Forty minutes is just not enough!!!

Day 1
My first graders really took off with this project. 
 First they created a fabulous background with fluorescent paint. Next they found objects that they dipped in the paint and stamped circular shapes representing planets. Let Dry.

Day 2
Students created their own rocket using previously painted paper.  I created various tracers of spaceships and flames just to get them started. Their creativity really shined through with all the various supplies they could use.

After they traced and cut out their spaceship they added ribbed paper wings, strips of paper for designs, painted paper shapes, windows and of course Razzle Dazzle sequins! 

Day 3 
Students finished up any details that were not complete then  added two paper rings to the back of each spaceship to 
“pop out the spaceship” creating a 3-D effect.

...and of course Logan’s Lego Rocket! 
He wanted it to look just like his Lego Ship.
When they can make it relate to their own experiences they will love their artwork because it is their personal creation!

We had such a blast (pun intended)!
 Have fun creating your own space ship!



  1. Love love love these!!!! So much fun!

  2. I wish I were a student in your class. So much fun!!!!

  3. These are stunning and fabulously fun! How did you do the speckled background?

  4. Nice to see a "boy" project - even though I'm sure the girls were just as enthusiastic. These came out great. Thanks for sharing.

  5. This is a wonderful project - I love the colors.

    Greetings from a Danish art teacher: (Meet the Creative Part of Me)

  6. Thanks guys for your lovely comments. :)

  7. I love this project, I started doing this project with 1st grade, but the blickrylic neon paint I bought darkens once it dries on the black paper, What Kind of Paint are You Using?
    It stay vibrant and doesn't dull like mine.
    -Ms. Hinton

    1. Dick Blick fluorescent tempera paint. They are really nice and vivid. :)

  8. These are so fabulous!!!! Pinned!

  9. Thanks for sharing so many great and inspiring projects! Love your site, ideas, and directions to help figure it out. Where did you purchase the corruggated ribbed paper