The Northern Lights are a magical phenomenon! They make a great subject for an art and science combo lesson.
The Northern Lights also know as Aurora Borealis is the result of “charged particles from the Sun reacting with particles in the air. Although the magnetic field protects Earth from most of these particles, some slip through in the weaker areas near the North and South poles, creating amazing light shows such as the one seen in the video above.”
Source of explanation: https://www.sciencekids.co.nz/videos/earth/northernlights.html
The video below gives an easy to understand explanation of how and why these lights form.
After showing the above videos, allow kids to create their own Northern Lights. Use the step by step printable painting tutorial – available on Etsy – to guide the kids to create a beautiful painting! With this tutorial, kids will have the opportunity to play with watercolor and build their artistic confidence.
This fun painting project produces beautiful results! Practice five watercolor techniques including:
- Masking areas with tape
- Wet on wet painting
- Dry on dry painting
- Painting layers
The Northern Lights Polar Bear painting tutorial is available for download on Etsy here.