(This part makes an excellent interdisciplinary project with school art programs.)
As a memento of your visit to northern lights we have all the tools you need to make a chalk sketch of your impression of the aurora borealis. I’ll give you black paper for the night sky.
What chalk colors should we use?
VISUAL 3 (movie): Aurora Drawing Inspiration
[Play the video for the aurora drawing activity. May be used here for summarizing the program.]
Show Visual 30 and point out the various colors: green, red, blue. Hand out black paper and clipboards. Distribute fluorescent oil pastels. Show Visuals 31–43 and/or play the movie of aurora: “Inspiration for Aurora Drawings.” Encourage the “artists” saying how nice their drawings are and that the real northern lights can look that way, which is probably true! It should be dark to see the northern lights at their best. Turn down all bright lights and turn up the ultraviolet light. Let them admire their work and explain fluorescence if you wish.