Each year the 4th grade classes study the solar system. We do big solar system paintings, and I try to teach the kids how to make their planets look 3D using shadowing. Before we jumped into solar systems I decided to do a mini project that gave them a taste of shadowing. It was fall when we did these (Yes, another late post!), and flint corn seemed like an appropriate thing to look at. We looked closely AND close-up at the kernels of the flint corn. Then each student made a painting of the flint corn kernels. They learned how to shade around the kernels and slowly fade their shading to make it look as if each kernel is popping out of the page. I think these look really nice! I’ll post the planets next so you can see how the planets used the same technique to create light and shadow. These were made with pencil, watercolors, and chalk pastel.