Oil Sticks – Supermoon

The Supermoon rises over houses in Olvera, in the southern Spanish province of Cadiz, July 12, 2014. Occurring when a full moon or new moon coincides with the closest approach the moon makes to the Earth, the Supermoon results in a larger-than-usual appearance of the lunar disk. REUTERS/Jon Nazca (SPAIN – Tags: SOCIETY CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ORG XMIT: JN657

Supermoons aren’t all that uncommon – we just had one on October 16, and after the November 14 super-supermoon, we’ll have another one on December 14.

But because the November 14 Moon becomes full within about 2 hours of perigee, it’s going to look the biggest it has in nearly seven decades.

“The full moon of November 14 is not only the closest full moon of 2016, but also the closest full moon to date in the 21st century,” says NASA. “The full moon won’t come this close to Earth again until 25 November 2034.”

Depending on where you’re viewing it from, the difference between a Supermoon and a regular full moon can be stark, or difficult to tell. If the Moon is hanging high overhead, and you have no buildings or landmarks to compare it to, it can be tricky to tell that it’s larger than usual.

But if you’re viewing from a spot where the Moon is sitting closer to the horizon, it can create what’s known as ‘moon illusion’.

“When the moon is near the horizon, it can look unnaturally large when viewed through trees, buildings, or other foreground objects,” says NASA. “The effect is an optical illusion, but that fact doesn’t take away from the experience.”

Choose an image of a supermoon. Tape a large sheet of brown paper to a drawing board creating an even (1/2″) border all around. Using the entire sheet complete a contour drawing based on your photograph of the basic shapes – edges of the hills, water’s edge, moon, cloud, etc..

Preparation for using the oil sticks – apply hand cream (provided) and thoroughly rub into hands. This will assure you are able, if needed, to get any oil paint off you skin easily with soap and water.

Using the oil paint sticks –  add color, mixing throughout. Completely cover the sheet on day one. On day two we will continue to mix and blend color with the oil stick partially (sometimes fully) dry).