Skill Level: 2-5
Time Frame: 30-45 min
- To become familiar with both oil and chalk pastels and to practice blending techniques with them.
- To talk about the concept of negative space.
- To practice drawing simple silhouettes (or outlines.)
- Scrap cardstock
- Blue Painters Tape
- White cardstock or Pastel Paper 9X12
- Chalk Pastels
- Black Paper
- Scrap Colored Paper
- Oil Pastels
- Glue Stick
- Begin by drawing some simple cloud shapes on the scrap cardstock, using pencil. You will need about 4-5 clouds for your artwork.
- Cut out your clouds.
- Put a loop of painter’s tape on the back of each cloud, arrange, and stick to your white paper.
- Use the chalk pastels to draw around your clouds, directly on your paper. Use bright colors, and feel free to use more than one color. You can even layer colors on top of one another.
- Use your finger to spread out the chalk pastel, around our clouds. Add more color and blend that too.
- Fill in the rest of the space on the paper with darker pastels, again blending with your finger. Mix and layer the pastel to give your sky interest and depth.
- Remove your cloud shapes. You will have created white space—or negative space where the clouds are in your sky.
- Next choose a vehicle to appear in your night sky. It could be a rocket ship, like the example, or it could be a plane or hot air balloon or a hanglider. It could also be something totally out there like a pirate ship or a submarine or a bicycle. Draw this vehicle, using pencil, onto your black paper, making sure that it will fit somewhere on your paper.
- Cut out your vehicle.
- If desired, cut some stars and a moon out of the scrap colored paper.
- Using glue stick, glue on your vehicle and moon and stars on your pasteled paper.
- Use oil pastels to further add depth to your sky, blending with your finger. Also use oil pastels to define your clouds—give them a curved line or two in the negative space.
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