I saw a version of this in the office of one of our elementary schools and knew I wanted to make this project with one of my grade levels. I chose Grade 4.
Students were given disks of paper and plates of paint in various colors. They were instructed to paint the centers lighter than the outside. They quickly painted the disks with large brushes or sponges and set them aside. They then created a printing plate from a styrofoam plates.
They used dull pencil to carve a design into the plate then painted the plate black then pressed it onto the circle to create a center for their sun.
They used various found objects to add a radial design to their sun. Once complete, they could add a bit of bronze, gold or silver to their images.