Solar ‘Pop-up’ Cards: The Sun, Our Star – Our Place in the Universe

Helen Schell & Dr Helen Mason

The purpose of this activity is for pupils to create original art ‘pop-up’ cards about the Sun or Solar System within the context of space exploration. The aim is to enable a greater understanding of space science by using art and craft techniques and literacy.

Helen Schell is a visual artist & Steam educator, based in Sunderland UK, specialising in work about space exploration. She has been a member of the SunSpaceArt team for 4 years devising and presenting space themed workshops in schools nationwide. Last year, she was the first artist to be presented with the Sir C Clarke Award for Outreach. Her primary art project is called ‘The Human Spaceship’, which looks at human spaceflight & is informed by a trip to NASA in 2019. She also produces projects about the Moon, called ‘Moon-shot: Woman on the Moon’.

Dr Helen Mason OBE is a solar scientist at the University of Cambridge. She has worked on many NASA and ESA solar space missions. She has also worked closely with schools, teachers and students, sharing her passion for science. She leads the STFC funded SunSpaceArt project which brings together scientists and artists to run workshops in schools. In 2014, she was awarded an OBE for her services to Higher Education and to Women in Science, Engineering and Technology. In 2018, she was awarded the Royal Astronomical Society Medal for outreach.

Take a look Helen’s Moon-shot: Woman on the Moon, Solo Art Exhibition Virtual exhibition tour here    

Take a look a Helen’s current exhibition – The Human Spaceship here

 

Brief description of session:

The aim of this session is to act as an introduction to a hands-on activity (to be completed after the session has finished (please see SSA website – https://www.sunspaceart.org or download PDF). This project can be carried out in a school or home environment. It will begin with a power point from solar scientist, Dr Helen Mason about the science of the Sun and current missions. Artist, Helen Schell will give a brief introduction to her artwork and demostrate how to create a Sun Pop-up Card. The session will end with a Q&A about the science, art and making activity.

 Follow-on Activity Objectives: for teachers and pupils to create original art ‘pop-up’ cards about the Sun or Solar System within the context of space exploration.The aim is to enable a greater understanding of space science by using art and craft techniques and literacy. Please use the PDF Sun web-links for further information. They can also be used for story writing, poetry, performance, maths and IT sessions. Download the activity worksheet PDF here

 

Type of session:

Hands-on workshop and Q&A session

 

Age range:

Suitable for 7-11 yrs Key stage 2

 

What you will need to take part in this session:

  • A4 – coloured card & Paper

  • Glue sticks

  • Seloptape

  • Scissors

  • Rulers

  • Circles

  • Felt tip pens & crayons