Day One: Draw the rocket in pencil and outline with black oil pastel. I use the "ladibug" document camera for the step by step instruction.
Day Two: Paint the rocket with tempera paint. Discuss 'complementary color schemes'....we used blue and orange, although some other colors snuck in. (which turned out beautifully)
Day Three: Cut out the rocket. Paint explosion on background paper. Glue rocket to paper. Voila! Awesome rocket ships!
Brain Pop has a "Space Shuttle" video and one about Sally Ride...but after watching them with one class, they are a little bit over a 1st grader's head. However, they're there....always a good resource.
Shout out....Thank you DeepSpaceSparkle for the idea...here's the link: http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2010/06/22/blast-off-space-shuttle-art-project/