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Franz Spohn creates watercolor paintings featuring clouds.


Nationally recognized artist Franz Spohn shares imaginative art tips and techniques!

Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.


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 Areas of:
Social Studies
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
1 ½ hours plus drying time

Clouds – Franz Spohn
Use different materials to create cloud pictures.  The material you use will be dependent on the type of weather or time of day; stormy, sunny, dusk or dawn.

Faber-Castell® Watercolor Connector Paints
Faber-Castell® Gel Sticks
Faber-Castell® Watercolor Pencils
Canson® Watercolor Paper

When you look at clouds, they will look different depending on the type of weather or even the time of day.  When it’s nice outside the sky is blue and the clouds are white and puffy.  As it gets later in the day and the sun starts to set, the clouds begin to pick up the pinks, purples and oranges of the setting sun.  But when it gets stormy outside, the clouds and sky look more gray and dark. 

To create the blue sky with puffy white clouds, Franz starts by sketching a cloud with a blue watercolor pencil.  He then layers blue gel stick, starting with dark blue and then light blue, but he stops at the cloud shape.  He blends with his finger and then with a wet brush.  This creates a “gradient” area of dark to light.  By picking up just a bit of the lightest blue, he paints over the white area to create a bit of shadow. 

To create the dark storm clouds, Franz draws a black sky, leaving white for the clouds.  He uses water to turn the gel stick to paint.  He picks up the lightest gray, and just as he did with the puffy clouds, creates some dark shadows.  Using this easy technique, you can create lots of dimension and set the weather mood for your drawings!

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