Cloud photos, cloud types diagram, & companion art project
If holiday anticipation is getting to be too much how about a reprieve from all that holiday preparation!
I saw these awesome clouds in the sky yesterday and it prompted me to learn a little bit about cloud types. I found this nice site about clouds promoting a book called The Cloud Collector’s Handbook. What a cool hobby – collect clouds – they don’t cost money OR take up any space! They have a really great image of a sky showing all the cloud types, illustrating their shapes and elevations, see below!
My clouds appear to be an Altocumulus – cool! To me they look like cotton-balls arranged by God. Here are a couple more pictures of different areas of the same amazing sky. It doesn’t appear that the Cupola Crows are home to enjoy there superior view of the sky.
Watercolor and wax-resistance painting
In the spirit of learn-by-doing, how about a small art project to reinforce your new cloud knowledge!
What you need…
- White and gray crayons and/or clear candle wax
- Draw cloud shapes with white crayon or candle wax (I found candle wax had a little better resistance than the crayon); don’t forget to try different cloud shapes! Also add gray crayon for the Nimbostratus (rain) clouds!
- Mix up lots of watery blue sky color and paint over your clouds – it’s like magic! You can also try some dramatic sunset colors for the sky – yellow and red or pink. And that’s it!
- If your light source is in front of you it will be easier to see where you are drawing your clouds.
- Press firmly when drawing the cloud for optimal resistance to the paint
For more on Weather Check-out Pragmatic Mom’s The Science of Weather post. It is comprehensive but also very easy to understand!