I started the lesson with a quick review of the Julien Colombier inspired project they did right before winter break. We talked about how they used light and dark to make shapes appear 3d and how they used one point perspective to create 3d space in their drawings. At the end of the Hubble lesson they had to identify how this drawing was similar to the Colombier drawing they did, so this review was important. (and heck, it was important just to jog their memory, since they did that project over a month ago;)
After that, we practice a few techniques with the chalk pastels. They are required to use each technique at least once in their final drawing. When they are done practicing, students draw their outer space scene on a larger piece of paper (11x15"). I have photos up on my smart board for inspiration. They aren't expected to copy the photos, but they can borrow elements from them and get inspiration from them.
When students finish their drawings they must complete an exit slip with the following questions-
1. How is this drawing similar to the Julien Colombier inspired drawing?
2. Which drawing project did you enjoy more? Explain why.
3. What do you think of the Hubble telescope?