Sun and Moon Art: The clocks have just gone back and here at Arty Crafty Kids, we’re feeling inspired (and a bit tired – just a few more hours of sleep, please?!) The contrast between night and day, its colors and shapes, make a really interesting art study.
The template download includes a free-flow drawing guide and a completed sun & moon template for children to color.
Children are encouraged to notice the difference between warm and cool colors, shades and tones, as well as play with texture and shape. And this creates a great opportunity to discuss with children how art makes them feel – do they think certain patterns match certain colors, and how do those colors or patterns make them feel, ie. do the purple swirls make them feel sleepy, do the red zigzags make them feel excited? These kinds of chats can really help to open up children’s self-expression and emotional awareness.
Our sun and moon art also encourages children to expand their creativity with doodles, as they layer them over the paint – can they think of a different doodle for every single color? Doodling also has great benefits for mental health, so if kids are feeling fidgety or irritable, this is a great activity to get out some of those emotions and restore calm.
If you’re trying this piece from scratch, it’s more suitable for older children, but if you download the pre-drawn template, younger children can also have fun doodling and painting, without having to worry about creating some of the trickier core shapes.
Opening up opportunities to play with paint, explore color and let themselves go with doodles, children will get a lot out of our Flow Drawing for Kids: Sun and Moon Art.
Black Crayon or Black Oil Pastel
Start off by drawing a large circle in the middle of your page. Freehand circles can be tricky to draw, so remember: this is flow drawing! You don’t have to create a perfect circle on your first try; instead, flow loosely around and around until you create a shape you’re happy with.
This circle will house both our sun and moon, so we need to split it in half with a curved line – but we’re going to give the moon a bit of personality with a nose!
So, starting at the top of the circle, flow down in a crescent to the middle of the circle and draw out to the right and back to the left, like two sides of a triangle, to make the moon’s nose. Then, starting beneath the nose, flow to the bottom of the circle in a curved line, completing your crescent.
Now give the sun and moon some facial features – we like to make the moon sleepy with a closed eye, and make the sun awake with a bright, wide eye. Then add a smile, and what about some rosy cheeks too?
As you draw their faces, think about which features are individual, and which are shared. We think there’s almost a Picasso quality to creating two faces in one, which are both united and distinct at the same time – if you’ve not heard of Picasso before, why not look him and be inspired!
Now frame your sun and moon by drawing a large oval around it, stretching right out to the edges of your page. Does it remind you of anything? We see a big eye – with the sun and moon as the pupil – that watches over us, night and day.
Now add detail inside the oval. We’ve drawn pointed rays all around the sun, and curves around the moon, that complement its gentle crescent – but you can use your imagination and create any shapes you like.
Since we’re going to be doodling on top of the paint, we want to create a nice solid base layer, so start with a dry brush to add the paint.
You can create a gradient with shades of one color, or mix colors within your cool or warm palette; just make sure you continue with that bold application as you fill in the shapes.
Then start to introduce water to blend the colors and create depth. You can really play with the paint and have fun!
Use your cool colors for the moon, and warm ones for the sun, and play with contrast as you build your picture.
Once everything is dry, it’s time to doodle! Ideally, you should use marker pens (fine tipped chalk or acrylic are perfect!) so that you can get some definition and detail into your doodles.
Then just go for it and have fun! Create as many different shapes and patterns as you can, and lose yourself in the creative flow of doodling.
When your oval is filled with vibrancy and pattern, your sun and moon art is complete! And we definitely think this is one piece of art that’s earned its place in a frame. Hang it pride of place, and don’t forget to send us a picture on social media, we can’t wait to see your creations!
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