Sun With Rays


The sun will come out! Do you need to reintroduce a warm and cool concept in a colorful way? Here is a fun lesson that incorporates line and color. My students really enjoy creating these adorable suns.  

Here Is What You Will Need:


Adding the Lines 

With a sharpie, create lines to represent the rays of the sun and waves in the sea.

HINT: Using a straight edge or a ruler will help create straight lines when making the rays. 

Add wavy lines to represent the water.



Adding the Paint

With a good premium tempera paint and a medium flat brush start painting the rays. I suggest to start with the color yellow and proceed to fill the rays with the WARM colors: orange and red. Some students painted in a symmetrical pattern while others did a different pattern. The waves were painted with COOL colors: Blue, Purple and Green.

Let dry.

Adding The Sun

Draw the shape of the sun on the back of a piece of previously painted paper. Cut out and glue down. With a wide angled black sharpie, redefine the lines of the rays and sun.

Display for all to enjoy!

Keep on Creating!



  • ellen landskroener

    February 20, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    Hi Laura!!❤️❤️❤️
    What grade would you suggest with these beauties?

    1. Laura

      February 22, 2018 at 7:20 am

      I did these with 3rd and 4th.

  • De Knutseljuf Ede

    March 10, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    Hello Laura! It is beautiful! Bijlenie (The Netherlands) made the suns also, she was inspired by your blog. Maybe you like it to see it:

  • Mrs. B

    March 21, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    What brand of paint do you use to create such bright opaque hues? I use Crayola and Sargent Art TIme, but find them more transparent and very chalky when dry. Any advice?

    1. Laura

      March 30, 2018 at 9:50 am

      Mostly Blick premium tempera paint but also Faber Castell and Crayola premium. Premium tempera is like painting with acrylic. 🙂

  • Mercedes

    July 8, 2018 at 4:51 am

    AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Barb

    August 5, 2018 at 12:30 am

    These are really beautiful!

  • Laurent

    October 3, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Very goog job. I’ll try it with my pupils.
    Greatings from France

  • Tahir

    April 20, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Nice but is there a way to make it with regular paint…you know without the color

    1. Laura

      May 8, 2020 at 10:24 am

      Great question. I have never made paint. 🙂 Laura

  • J. Hutton

    November 10, 2020 at 11:40 am

    How did you create the textured effect on the painted sun? Did you use sponges?

    1. Laura

      November 17, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      yep! 🙂

  • Erin

    June 23, 2022 at 7:49 am

    What type of paper did you use? I don’t want the project to curl and would like to keep the cost down.

    1. Laura

      June 28, 2022 at 8:51 am

      I use heavy weight drawing paper 80 – 90lb sulphite paper.

  • Celeste

    April 18, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    Love all your projects! So inspiring! Did you read a book with this project? Thanks!

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