Teach your students how to create beautifully marbled sunset silhouettes
using the step-by-step photos below. To learn more about this lesson, check out "Spectacular Skies" by Jessica Nickerson
in the May/June 2008 issue of SchoolArts.
Using a rounded scissor blade or a short metal ruler, scrap a fine layer of colored chalk dust over water in a very shallow tub large enough to hold a 12 x 18" (30 x 46 cm) sheet of paper. Repeat using two more colors.
Step Two: Hold each end of the paper in a "U" shape and lower the center down into the water, touching the center to the water first, then letting the edges fall down slowly to prevent air bubbles.
Let the paper rest in the water for 10-15 seconds, then carefully lift it out of the water. You now have a beautifully marbled sky!
Draw horizon lines on 12 x 18" black paper. Fill the papes with the outlines of objects that will become silhouettes in the scene. Cut out silhouettes and carefully glue them to the marbled paper sky.