Radial Suns

radialsuns To begin to discuss radial balance in art, children will create a radial balanced sun watercolor.


  • To encourage the development of spatial knowledge

Before You Start:

You will need: Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes, precut newsprint paper, the same size of the Texas Snowflakes, Colorations® Liquid Watercolor, Super Safe Plastic Droppers, tagboard and white and black construction paper. To prepare for this activity, precut newsprint paper the same size of the Liquid Watercolor™ Texas Snowflakes. Also 1" circular patterns should be precut (shaped like the Texas Snowflakes).

Let's Get Started! Step 1. Give the children newsprint. Instruct them to create a radial sun using several different line patterns. Tell them to create patterns in the sun's rays.

Step 2. Have them give their sun a face.

Step 3. Outline pencil lines with black Sharpie® or black crayon.

Step 4. Trace sun pattern from newsprint to Biggest Texas Snowflake coffee filter with a pencil.

Step 5. Outline designs with white and black oil pastels. The more white is used, the sharper the contrast.

Step 6. Cut the rays out around the outside of sun.

Step 7. Add Colorations® Liquid Watercolor with the plastic droppers onto the snowflakes. Children may control their color drops (somewhat) or go for a "tie-dyed" affect.

Step 8. Allow drying time, then mount coffee filter on black construction paper with a 19" diameter.

Step 9. Mount black circle onto a 21" square piece of white construction paper.

Furthermore: Teachers can make several stencils ahead of time for students to trace and cut out. These suns turn out vibrant and beautiful.

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