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AAYF Projects 2021-22

Nagomi Pastels: Northern Lights

Created by Lee-Jean Lin

October 2021


Students will learn about the cause of northern lights and the associated mythology and legends.

They will make a stencil and use the style of Japanese Nagomi Pastels to create a drawing of

Northern lights.

Student Objectives

• Discover the science and legend of the Northern Lights

• Introduce students to the art of Nagomi Pastels

• Learn to layer and blend color

• Use subtractive method to make lines


• Mixed media paper 7” X 10” white 98Lb.

• Studio pastel set: yellow, green, blue, light blue, black, pink, or purple

• Cotton Swabs 5-7

• White card stock 8 ” X 11”

• Regular hard eraser

• Kneaded eraser cut into 6 pieces: 1 piece per student

• Masking tape .” wide: Enough to frame the paper and to hold template in place while working

• Pencil

• Scissors

• Aerosol Hairspray fixative USED ONLY BY ADULTS OUTDOORS

• Glue stick: For affixing AAYF Label

• Paper towel: 1 lightly dampened with water and 1 dry for cleaning fingers


Nagomi Pastels: Northern Lights


Northern Lights Instructional PDF

Northern Lights Project Labels PDF


Distance Learning Tips – Suggestions to help make this experience enjoyable for all.

Elements of Art – Resource sheet with vocabulary used by artists.