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Artist Don Eddy devotes more than half of his 1971 painting Green Volkswagen to document sunlight passing through a tree on this street. The shadows tell us it’s a sunny day, a great day for a drive.

Head outside for some shadow hunting! You can find defined shadows on hard surfaces like a driveway or sidewalk. Once you find an interesting shadow, use any materials you can find to trace the outline—pencil on a paper bag, marker on scrap paper, sidewalk chalk, a stick in the dirt. Leave your drawing in the sun (weighed down by a rock or something heavy). Trace the shadow every 15 minutes for an hour. Your finished drawing makes a visual record of the Earth rotating!

Learn more about shadow drawings you can make in your own neighborhood.

Find more fun family art activities and resources. Our Nasher Museum educators update these every Thursday.

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