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Sun and Moon Painting – Art Lesson With Warm and Cool Colors

Discover warm and cool colors with this sun and moon drawing art course.

This sun and moon drawing tutorial is one of the best projects to teach kids about warm and cool colors, and the end result will always make them proud.

Sun and Moon Drawing - Warm and Cool Art Lesson - This kids art project is suitable for all ages - you can teach it to preschool, kindergarten, first grade and toddlers!

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Teaching kids art classes at home or in the classroom really seems like a bigger task than the actual task. One of the first things you need to know is who your class is and how much art they have before you teach them.

Whether it’s your own child at homeschool or an entire group, now or sometime of the year, there are some basics you need to know. One of them is warm and cool colors.

Most schools with art classes taught it at some point, but if they didn’t use it regularly, they’ve probably forgotten about it.

Tips for Teaching Warm and Cool Colors and Differences

Cool and warm color art class

If you’re teaching kids younger than preschool, kindergarten, first grade, that’s probably the first time they’ve heard it, so I’d ask them if they knew they’d use it to help you finish the lesson by asking them questions . How do you teach?

When they grow up, use it as a reminder and show them how to use it as a tool to create their own work.

Ask questions to help them understand

From kindergarten through seventh and eighth grades, I started taking classes for people of all ages I taught, asking them if they had studied it before and if so, what they remembered.

Then I asked them, “If I said, imagine red, what temperature would I think of?” Or ask them to tell me what colors would appear in nature and what temperature they thought those colors would be.

Then we discuss the basics: warm colors are red, orange, and yellow, and cool colors are blue and purple. Depending on the hue, green can really go either way, so bright spring greens are warmer and darker greens are cooler. fall in the middle.

Cover with pink too and it will have a warm color, like a sunset. The colors showing fire help illustrate warm colors, while the night sky helps illustrate cool colors. This is where the painting of the sun and moon comes into play.

let’s paint

So once you understand that, you can move on to the painting part of the class, and you want the canvas or canvas board (whichever you choose) to have them lined up so they don’t spend too much time painting, Or stress to be right and miss the coloring part, which is the focus of this lesson.

draw the sun and moon

If you’re only interested in cool or warm colors, or if you don’t have enough time, have pictures of the sun and moon ready for students to color in themselves.

Canvas or canvas panels (they are cheaper but work just as well, just without the wood base).

  • pencil
  • translucent paper
  • transfer paper

Draw the first example on the canvas until you get the desired drawing. If this worries you, start with a circle and divide it in half. I made my midline wavy to represent the nose on the sun and moon, but that’s partly up to you. Then draw an eye and a mouth line on both. Eyes can be open or closed. Add triangles for the points on the sunny side.

draw the sun and moon

Then use tracing paper and trace your design on it so you can easily replicate the rest. (If you’re only teaching 2 or 3 kids, this step might not be worth it, it might be easier to draw it yourself on the canvas.)

follow up if necessary

Now use the transfer paper and overlay the tracing paper over the blank canvas and trace the image for transfer. Repeat on as many cloths as needed. I suggest you put a disposable tablecloth on the table you want to paint and bring a blanket.

sun and moon painting

Art Supplies

For the most artistic experience, let each child draw their own sun and moon if you have enough time.

To draw the canvas, your students will need:

  • palette or board
  • tissue
  • water paint cup
  • some size brushes
  • Acrylic paint in the following colors: red, orange, yellow, bright pink, black, navy or dark blue, turquoise, light blue, white and gold

Optional colors if you want to give them more options:
dark and light purple, green, light pink, gray, light yellow

Course Description

Start by asking them to choose their paint color before pouring, unless you just want to simplify it by giving everyone the same color. I made this for my small class and it worked great. Some of them don’t use all the colors, but that limits the drama.

This part of the lesson will take a few minutes, so tell them that once you’ve poured the paint and give them a brief briefing, they’ll be ready to go.

Now let them choose a side, starting with the sun or the moon, and make sure to tell them the goal is to keep the color warm on one side and cool on the other. †

start painting

It’s best to paint the sky one at a time and then paint two first, at least the first layer so it has time to dry a bit, you can do that if it needs a second layer.

You can use a thin brush to paint the outside of the sun or moon in a sky color of your choice, and once those lines are determined, you can use a larger brush to paint in the sky. This is faster and results in fewer strokes. Some kids may not understand this instruction, so if you see them trying to paint the sky with a small brush, ask them to turn it off.

When the first coats solidify, have them switch sides and make another sky. From there they can start with the sun and moon, and if they need another layer of air while painting, let them dry before they paint the details.

color the sky

keep drawing

If you choose to open your mouth, you can leave the area unpainted, pure white. There is no need to paint it white.

paint job

If the air is dry, check the sun and moon to see if they still need a second coat. I tell them they need another coat if they can see the white canvas or many brushstrokes.

sun detail

The last part is to fill in details such as the reflection features of the moon sky and sun peaks, as well as facial details. In this part, they get creative and add their own style. They can ask for help, but most kids I’ve taught do their thing. Adding lines between the different shades of blue in the sun point and moon sky adds movement.

you can see clearly

air detail

Gold, if you choose it, is to add little stars to the side of the moon, to add accents to the top of the sun, and if you want to put some paint on it, it also looks great.

sun detail

Cool colors

line drawing

To add a splash, take a small amount of water and some gold paint and mix them on the side of the plate. You don’t want it to get wet, but thinner than paint alone. Then place the brush over the paint with the paint on the table facing up. Use the larger brush to get the brush in contact with the paint, then move it to the canvas to spread it out as needed.

Cool and warm color art class

Star

It brings a little pop to the sun and moon painting and finishes it off nicely. Instead of feeling like it has to look like yours (if you’re drawing an example, of course), encourage them to add their own style and make it to their taste.

sun and moon art

kids art project

Completed sun and moon art painting

Completed a children's warm and cool color art project.

sun and moon drawing

Also check:

  • Day and night photo
  • pop art class

Sun and moon art project for kids.

Project contributed by Mary BH of My Little Canvas

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Sun and Moon Painting – Art Lesson With Warm and Cool Colors

Explore warm and cool colors with this Sun and Moon Painting art lesson.
This sun and moon painting tutorial is one of the best projects when it comes to teaching kids about warm and cool colors and the end result will always fill them with pride.

*this post contains affiliate links*
Teaching kids art classes at home or in a classroom can really seem like a bigger task than it is. One thing to know first is who your class is and how much art they had before you taught them.
Whether it’s your own kids in a homeschooling or an entire group, there are some basic things you’ll want to cover, whether right now or at some point in your year. One of them is warm and cool colors.
Most schools that have art classes have taught it at some point, but if it’s not used regularly, they may have forgotten it.
Tips on How to Teach Warm and Cool Colors and Differences

If the kids you are teaching are younger like kindergarten, kindergarten, first grade, this will probably be the first time they hear it, so I would just ask them and if they know, use it to help you teach the lesson by asking them questions as you teach.
If they are older, use it as a reminder and show them how to use it as a tool when creating their own works.
Ask questions to help them understand
I started my lesson for all age groups I teach, which covers kindergarten through grades seven and eight, by asking them if they had learned it before and, if so, what they remembered it.
Then I asked them things like, “If I say imagine the color red, what temperature would that bring to your mind?” or ask them to tell me what colors occur in nature and what temperature they think those colors would be.
Next, go over the basics – Warm colors will be shades of red, orange, and yellow, and cool colors will be shades of blue and purple. Green can really go both ways, depending on the shade of it, so a bright spring green is more on the warm side while a darker green is on the cooler side. It falls in the middle.
Also, cover up the pink, it would tend to be a warm color, like in a sunset. Depicting the colors of fire helps illustrate warm colors, while the night sky helps illustrate cool colors. This is where painting the sun and moon comes in.
let’s paint

So once you’ve covered that you can move on to the painting part of the class and you’ll want the canvases or canvasboards, whichever you choose, already laid out for them if possible, so they don’t end up not by spending too much time drawing, or stressing over getting it right, and missing the color part, which is the point of the lesson.
Draw the sun and the moon
If you are only focusing on cool or warm colors or if you have limited time, you can prepare the sun and moon drawings and ask the students to do only the coloring.
Canvases or canvas panels (which are cheaper but work just as well, they just don’t have the wooden base inside.)
Pencil
Translucent paper
transfer paper
Draw the first example on a canvas until you get the drawing you want. If this worries you, start with a circle and divide it in half. I made my middle line wavy to represent a nose on both the sun and the moon, but that part is up to you. Next, draw an eye on both and a mouth line. The eyes can be open or closed. Add triangular shapes for the points on the sun side.

Then use tracing paper and trace your design on it so you can easily duplicate it for the rest. (If you are only teaching 2 or 3 children, this step might not be worth it, and it might be easier to draw them all on the canvases yourself.)

Now use the transfer paper and line it and the tracing paper over the blank canvas, then trace the image to transfer onto it. Repeat on as many canvases as needed. I recommend laying a disposable tablecloth over the table they are going to paint on and having them wear a blanket as well.
Sun and Moon Painting

For maximum artistic experience, and if you have enough time, have the children each make their own sun and moon drawing.
To paint the canvas, your students will need:
paint palette or by plates
paper napkins
paint cup with water
brushes in a few sizes
Acrylic paints in the following colours: red, orange, yellow, hot pink, black, navy or dark blue, turquoise, light blue, white and gold
Optional colors if you want to give them a little more choice:
Violet in dark shade and light shade, greens, light pink, gray, light yellow
Lesson instructions
Start by having them choose their paint colors before pouring, unless you just want to simplify by giving them all the same colors. I made this for my small class and it worked well. Some of them didn’t use all the colors, but the drama was limited because of that.
This part of the lesson will take a few minutes, so just prepare them by telling them that once you’ve poured the paint and given a quick instruction, they’re good to go.
Now ask them to choose either side, the sun or the moon to start with, and be sure to tell them that the goal is to keep colors warm on one side and cool on the other. .

It’s best to paint one sky at a time and do them both first, at least the first coat, so it has time to dry out a bit and if it needs a second coat , you can do it.
They can use a thin paintbrush to trace the outside of the sun or moon in the sky color they have chosen, then once they have established those lines they can use a larger one to paint in the sky. This will go faster and create less brush strokes. Some children may not understand this instruction, so if you see them trying to paint the sky with a small brush, ask them to turn it off.
As the first layer settles, have them switch sides and do the other sky. Then from there they can start the sun and the moon, and if by the time these are painted they need another layer of sky, have them do it so it’s dry when painting the details on it.
color the sky

If they choose an open mouth, they can leave that area unpainted and just white. No need to paint it white.

Once the sky is dry, check the sun and moon to see if they also need a second coat. I tell them if they can see white canvas coming through, or a lot of brush strokes, then they need another coat.

The final part is filling in details such as the reflection features in the moon sky and the sun tips, as well as the facial details. This part is where they get creative and add their own touches. They can ask for help, but most of the kids I’ve taught have done their own thing. Adding lines between the tips of the sun and in several shades of blue on the sky of the moon adds movement.

The gold if they choose it is to add little stars on the side of the moon and accents on the tips of the sun, and if you want to do some splatter paint to finalize it, that looks great too.

To add the splatters, take a small amount of water and a little gold paint and mix them on the side of the plate. You don’t want it wet, but more thinned than the paint alone. Next, hold the brush over the paint, with the paint laying flat on the table, face up. Use a larger brush to tap the brush with the paint and move around the canvas to spread it as desired.

It gives the Sun and Moon Painting a bit of pop and finishes it off nicely. Encourage them to add their own touches and make it their own and not feel like it has to look like yours (if you’re painting a sample, of course.)
Sun and moon art

Also check:
night and day agamograph
pop art lesson

Project contributed by Mary BH of My Little Canvas
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