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Springfield, IL 62703

The Sun As A Light Source / Outdoor Project - 5th & 4th Grades Regular Education Classes

May 7, 2020

This is an outdoor project for a nice, sunny day; with parent permission / supervision. Students wil need: a small, unbreakable toy, or plastic cup, a piece of paper and a drawing medium capable of shading light to dark (a medium is what you use to make your mark on a paper) such as a regular pencil. I recommend a pencil for this project. (A crayon will work, but do NOT leave the crayon outside in heat as it will melt all over the pavement / cement). 

Students please wear ball cap / hat outside if sunny - with parent permission use sunscreen if needed. Be safe. 

The sun above us sends rays of light; anyone or anything blocking this light leaves a shadow. The Google dictionary defines a shadow, "a dark area or shape produced by a body coming between rays of light and a surface." Notice the other shadows around you. Look close at shadows from a tree, the bike, your basketball hoop and pole, and more.  We will be looking at the object you chose for  its shadow in this art project. 

The sun as a light source project (with parent supervision):  

1)  Place your paper on a cardboard box if your are on grass, or directly on a safe spot on cement.

2)  Place your paper cup, or non-breakable small toy, or other non-breakable object directly in the sun on paper egdge closest to the sun. 

3)  Make sure you are not blocking the sun by placing your body in front of your project - you willl need to move your body to the side of the project that will not hinder you drawing the shadow on your paper. 

4)  Optional: Tracing around the bottom of the cup, toy, or other object at its base - the part that touches the paper. Outline only - do not color in the object. (Leave the object exactly where it is so you may shade its shadow next). 

5) Shade (color) in the shadow with your pencil (or other drawing medium that you chose to use). Begin shading it all in, directly next to the object and work you way out to the end of the shadow. Shade in ALL of the shadow; fill the inside of the shadow completely. You may soften the edges of the shadow (draw lighter or smear it a little with your finger or with a tissue at edges of shadow.

You did It! Way to go! Now you may dance a duet with your own shadow in celebration. Plus if you want, It is always fun to see how the shadow moves at different times of day. It is also cool the shadows are in mirror image of object!

Be sure to clean up and share your art with someone you love. Then take time to ponder over your art. Hmm, let me think? There are many questions you may ask yourself. Some questions may be: What was the coolest part of this project?  What was one thing you learned? What connects you to this project - Why did you choose the object to get a shadow from, or Why are shadows important to you? 

Shadows are fun!  Be careful Tinkerbell doesn't get your shadow...