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#1 Aquarellia


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:52 AM

Following the idea of Ken in the last André post (sun of April 8th), … here join a set of pictures we did during an animation in a school of Aix-en-Provence. This workshop was done exclusively to make an army of sun sketchers specialists for the future of CloudyNights!
From top left to bottom right, my Lunt 35 Halpha with a basic webcam - a result - my wife showing the earth relative size - the distribution of forms - kids at work.
We often organize this kind of session, a strange combination of sketch and science.
In no more than two years we ask 500 students to sketch the sun’s reality!

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#2 PeterDob


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 10:54 AM

Wow! That's just brilliant, André! I suppose the kids had a great time? :yay:



#3 kenrenard


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:12 PM

That is really neat. Even my 2 year old loves to check out the sunspots. I did a very basic sketch with the kids in the driveway.

Keep up the good work.


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Posted 10 April 2013 - 09:08 PM

Peter. You mismatched the name. Michel did the animation, not me.

Michel. So great idea. Tell me, how you do that kind of session ? You go in the schools and offer your service ? Very nice initiative my friend. Say hello to your wife. I'll have some competition in the future.


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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:32 AM


Wonderful outreach to the children. Well done.

Frank :)

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Posted 11 April 2013 - 10:51 AM

Thank you my friends,
Following the André question I will (try to) explain a little bit more:
We begin such animation slowly, two years ago in schools and villages close to here.
Now, the school’s directors or the village’s authorities ask us to organize such events. Today, we have a lot of request for this, sometime too much!
I think really that a mix between science and drawing is the perfect way to introduce “serious” astronomy at home. We do that via the kids, so we give them tools to explain science to their parents, and it works!
We share exhibitions, conferences and workshops based on comics, or ideas like invent your moon crater, invent your constellation, make your 3D planet, sketch the sun etc… During the nights we have original workshops based on magnitudes, color of the stars etc…


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