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AAYF Projects 2019–20

AAYF Calendar 2019–20

NASA Cosmos Presentation

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At first glance, art and science may not seem to commingle, but the first NASA scientists realized the importance of art and its ability to describe events in a way no other medium of communication could when they created the NASA Art Program. Students will learn the importance of art in relation to space exploration, including its documentation and story-telling ability. As future artists and scientists, they will describe their own impressions of space, inspired by images from the Hubbell Space Telescope, using oil pastel painting techniques.

Student Objectives

• Explore the importance of the NASA Art Program and how art in our culture can describe, document, and inspire.

• Discover the images captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

• Learn how techniques of oil pastel on black paper can mimic space dust, planets, and stars.


Asymmetrical: A balance of parts on opposite sides of a perceived midline, giving the appearance of equal visual weight.

Blend: To combine into an integrated whole.

Cast Shadow: A shadow cast by an object or figure.

Core Shadow: The darkest part of a shadow on a form.

Highlight: A bright or reflective area on a form.

Light Source: Natural and artificial processes that emit light.

Mid-Tones: Area on a form that gradually blends into the shadows as the surface becomes farther from the light source.

Reflected Light: Light bouncing off an object onto another object or surface.

Value: Lightness or darkness of a hue or neutral color. A value scale shows the range of values from black to white.