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Musical Inspiration for Drawing with Franz Spohn



Hosts: Franz Spohn
Nationally recognized artist Franz Spohn shares imaginative art tips & techniques

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.
Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!


Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 hour

Musical Inspiration for Drawing

Materials needed:
Faber-Castell® Gel Sticks
Faber-Castell® Watercolor Connector Paints
Faber-Castell® Connector Pens
Faber-Castell® Collapsible Watercup
Faber-Castell® Click & Go Brush
Faber-Castell® Black Paper Pad
Faber-Castel®l Colored Eco Pencils
Canson®Bristol Paper
Music of your choosing
Optional – Glue Stick and Cardboard or Chipboard

Turn on your favorite music that you find inspiring.  What does the music make you think of?  Maybe fast music makes you think of dancing bugs or other creatures running or playing.  Use that as your inspiration to create a drawing using the Connector Pens and Bristol Paper.  Use the Colored Eco Pencils to add intense areas of color to your drawing. Experiment with your Connector Pens to add background details.  The Bristol Paper lets the ink flow and you can achieve very deep areas of color.  Try adjusting your grip on the pen to see the different line widths you can achieve. 
Slower, more classical style music may make you think of more flowing images.  Use the Connector Paints and Click & Go Brush along with the Collapsible Watercup to mimic the music on your paper.  Paint with movements that match the music.  What can you create?

Franz listened to Cajun Music to create his Pop Up Art.  You can create a pop up by folding a piece of black paper in half – this will be your pop up structure.  Your pop up should make an “L”.  The upright part of the L will be your background.  Metallic Gel Sticks will create a luminous effect on black paper.  Create your background, blend the Gel Stick with water or smudge it with your finger.  Cut out the characters you create on the Bristol Paper.  Use a glue stick to position them on the lower portion of your L.  If you find your pop up does not stand, you can glue it to a piece of cardboard or chipboard to make it sturdier. 


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