Sun and Solar Symbols
Old Sol plays a big part in folk and peasant art throughout history. Is it any wonder since without our sun the Earth would be as cold and lifeless as the moon. Of course ancient ancestors had no way of knowing the sun is a flaming sphere of hydrogen and helium, all the knew was the sun is the giver of life and therfor the sun is revered for its light and warmth. For most of us, that's all we need to know ;-)
Celestial objects such as the sun, moon and stars may hold great religious and spiritual significance and frequently appear in folk and peasant art.
The sun is earth's source of light and warmth. Many cultures considered the sun as a god or deity and a symbol of power.
All sun solar symbols include variations of the circle. Circles represent continuity and the changes in nature such as the four seasons; winter, spring, summer and fall, day and night, life and death. Spiritual attributes of the sun include the symbol of life, good fortune, personal growth. Star attributes include new birth, happiness, prosperity and good fortune.
What is the Sun?
The Sun is perfectly round main sequence star, a yellow dwarf star. It is made up mostly of hydrogen, a light gas and helium a heavier gas, that produces nuclear fusion. Nuclear fusion happens when two lighter atomic nuclei combine or 'fuse' together to produce an atomic nucleus.
Size of the Sun
Our sun is not the biggest star, but it is larger than most known suns in the universe. The diameter of the sun is about 1.4 million kilometers or 870,000 miles through the middle. It is so large that one million of our Earths could fit inside the sun.
It takes eight minutes for light to reach the planet Earth from the Sun. The Earth is about 150 million kilometers (km) or 93,000,000 miles away from the sun. Light travels at 300,000 km per second (186,411 miles per second)
How Old is Old Sol?
The Sun is 4.5 billion years old and entering middle age. Old Sol has burned off around half of its hydrogen stores, but has enough energy left to continue burning for another 5 billion years.
Origin of the Name: Old Sol
The common name for the sun comes from ancient Roman belief that god was the Sun, therefore, the name Sol Invictus, means “Unconquered Sun. The term 'solar system' literally means system of the Sun.
Materials To Keep On Hand
Paper Trivia: Did you know that you can only fold a sheet of printer paper in half seven times? Give it a try. It doesn't matter how thick or thin the paper is, once you get to the seventh fold, the paper will not bend or budge.
Sun catchers. To create a translucent, stained glass ornaments effect, apply a bit of lemon oil to the back sides of paper ornaments to create a.
Hang the ornaments on trees, in windows, anywhere bright colorful decorations are desired.
Construct a large paper-tree for the wall with shades of green construction paper. Draw a large tree on a sheet of easel pad paper to tack onto a wall or other flat surface, then decorate with paper ornaments.
- Types of Paper:
- Construction - many colors
- Copier - many colors
- Cardstock - many colors
- Paper tubes - TP tissue, paper towel and gift-wrap
- Foam craft sheets - many colors
- Magnet sheets - Make refrigerator magnets
- Stiff Stencil - Paint repeating patterns on items, embroidery, latch-hook rug patterns
- Felt sheets - Make filled or layered ornaments
- Some Mediums & Tools to keep handy for the creative process.
- Colorful Markers - fine to thick point
- Wax Crayons - stock up around school sales
- Water color sets - and plastic tablecloths
- Chalk - many colors
- Colored pencils - many colors
- Tempura finger paints - primary colors - mixing to discover is half the fun
- Paint brushes - fine tip to standard school size child's brush size at least.
- Straws - paper not plastic
- Tooth picks - age appropriate
- Sponges - cut into shapes or purchase for blotting paint shapes
- Needlepoint, embroidery thread and stretcher hoops
- Puffy paint and glitter - to draw words, images and shapes on cloth
- Wine corks
- Celluclay - A handy pulverized paper product that resembles clay for paper mache'
- Modeling clay - reusable, come in colors, good for making molds
- Pottery clay - Only if you expect to use a kiln
- Silicon molds and release spray
- Wooden shapes - to paint for ornaments and gifts
- Decal sheets for window decals
- Cloth scrap pieces left overs from sewing
- Clay modeling tools - ll sorts, combs, forks, dental picks, anything to make interesting cuts and patterns
- Plain tee shirts