In first grade, students have been learning about planets and the solar system. In art class we continued to talk about space and solar systems. The children made a background on black paper. They then cut out 3 or 4 circles to make planets. The students were asked to create planets using chalk pastels. They could make the planets in our solar system or create their own planet. We used smudging to create a smooth look for the planets. We also used smudging to create a shadow on the planets using black pastel. We talked about how smudging black on one edge helps the planets to appear round like a ball or more realistic.