Galaxy Skies

Inspired by Jen Aranyi

Teacher Notes


Project Description:

The sky can be filled with such beautiful colors, especially at sunrise and sunset.  Students will see some examples of beautiful skies, and then will create a galaxy sky over a mountain landscape in the style of contemporary artist Jen Aranyi.  They can create a simple scene, and blend or layer colors to make an amazing sky.  The lesson will work with best with crayons or colored pencils, but markers can work.  

Note: This art project/style works well for bookmarks, holiday cards, or ornaments.  If you like that idea you are welcome to suggest it to your students.  The suggestion and sample picture appears also appear on the project pages as well. 

Links to the Lesson for Students:


OR  (bypass web page and go straight to video)

Suggested Supplies:

Paper, pencil, eraser, something to color with (colored pencils or crayons preferred, but markers can work)

Optional supplies - black marker, bowl or something round to help draw a circle


Tip: If possible, let them know what supplies they will need before they start the lesson so they can have them ready.   

Additional Teacher Resources  - Optional Variations

PPT Slides Lesson  (similar to the main project videos but in slide form)

Printable Lesson K-1 (a few very basic coloring pages/ideas you may adapt & use if you don't want a video lesson.) 

Printable Lesson 2  (if you don't want to give a video.  Modified, less pictures)  

Printable Lesson 3-12  (if you don't want to give a video.  Modified, less pictures)  

Video Lesson K-2 on Google Drive  (if you want to download and use it outside of YouTube)

Special thanks to:

Jen Aranyi  - for her wonderful artwork and project idea, and letting us share it! 


Jennifer Stenta for adapting and teaching the project for HOA!

Questions or Comments?

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