Project Part One
Obtain a large piece of butcher paper, or blank paper / poster large enough to cover a generous amount of wall space. Feel free to tape or staple multiple pieces of butcher paper together. The solar system mural will be created on this and hung on the blank space on the wall, so the bigger the better.
Students can work together to paint this entire background a shade of dark blue.
Take additional butcher paper and let the students paint portions of it with colors that represent different planets and the sun. For example:
Sun: Mostly bright yellow with some light orange swirls. Add sun spots.
Mercury: Red on one side, black on the other.
Venus: Perhaps a light greenish-yellow, or very light brown.
Earth: Blue and green with white poles.
Jupiter: Swirls of browns and reds.
Saturn: Pinks and light blues or beiges. Remember she has rings.
Uranus: Light blue.
Neptune: The same or very slightly darker than Uranus.