Astronomy Art Project Part 2

posted Dec 15, 2017, 1:49 PM by Nikhil Joshi

In part one you analyzed artwork to determine what the artist was trying to convey and how they used astronomy to convey that message. Now it’s your turn to create your own work of art that uses astronomical themes to convey a message that is important to you.

First, pick either an issue that is meaningful to you, or a statement you feel is important to express about the world or your place in it. How does this issue or message make you feel? What do you want the viewer of your artwork to understand and feel about it? Once you identify the message and emotions you want to convey, think about how you can use astronomy achieve your goals.


Symbolism - the use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities.

Tone - the general character or attitude of a place, piece of writing, situation, etc.

Motif - a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition.

You will submit two deliverables:

  1. A piece of art in any medium you are comfortable with and feel is appropriate to convey your message/statement.


  2. A brief artist’s statement about the work, discussing how you are using astronomy to convey the concepts and emotions related to your artwork. This statement should be no more than one page (1” margins, 12pt, 1.5 line spacing).


A few common themes, statements, and words that were apparent from the work students submitted for part 1 included

·         Vastness

·         Insignificance

·         Beauty

·         Loneliness

·         Power


·         Grandeur

·         Hope

·         Solitude

·         Connection

·         Mystery

·         Eternity

·         Peace

·         Brilliance

·         Wonder

·         Indifference

This project will count as extra credit if your work demonstrates thoughtful and purposeful work. If you don’t do the project or I don’t find your work to be thoughtful or purposeful, your grade will not go down.

I look forward to your projects!