Age Range: 7 to 12
Grade Range: 2 to 6
Skill Level: Easy to Advanced
Appropriate for These Special Events:
Every Day, Pretend Play and Rainy Days
Supports Subject Areas of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Time needed for project:
1 to 2 hours
Aliens in Space – Franz Spohn
Technique:Create brilliant illustrations using metallic materials on a dark background
Faber-Castell® Metallic Color Pencils
Faber-Castell® Metallic Gel Sticks
Canson® Black Paper Pad
When you think about space, there’s lots of darkness. The sky is dark, the deep recesses of space are lost in blackness where the sun can’t reach. But the stars are like glitter in the sky. Lights of spaceships flash brightly and the shiny metals glisten. How can we create this effect in a drawing?
Instead of using traditional white paper, try a black drawing paper! On a black paper, Metallic Color Pencils and Gel Sticks really stand out and shimmer and shine! Even the texture of the paper lends itself to creating patterns in your art.
Begin by sketching the shape of your flying saucer and aliens with a Metallic Color Pencil. Add color with other Metallic Color Pencil colors. You can create background images, like a planet, using the Metallic Gel Sticks. These work really well on larger areas. You can even go over them with a wet brush to create very thin layers of shimmer.