How to Paint the Sky

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A Watercolour Course - Paint the Sky
Tue 04May
Tue 18May
Virtual Event

Learn how to spot clouds & paint them

Facilitator: Gavin Pretor Pinney & Donna Levinstone

Event time: Tue 4th May 2021 at 6:30pm - Tue 18th May 2021 at 8:00pm

The Art of the Sky – A Watercolour Course

This course of three live workshops will teach you how to paint in watercolour a range of varied cloud formations and skyscapes. As you learn different approaches and techniques for depicting the sky, we’ll inspire you with cloud poetry and simple explanations for why clouds look the way they do. Whether you’re an experienced watercolour artist or you’ve never painted before, this course will encourage you to add drama and emotion into a landscape with the help of the sky.


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At A Glance

  • Reconnect with your inner creativity
  • A seamless blend of art and science
  • Looking up will never be the same again

Participants Will Gain

  • Reconnect with your inner creativity.
  • A seamless blend of art and science.
  • Looking up will never be the same again.

Watercolour Course

Together we will paint a series of ‘cloud studies’. In each case you will be taking inspiration from sky photographs by members of the Cloud Appreciation Society. The workshops will in turn cover Low Clouds, Mid-level Clouds and High Clouds. In each case, Donna Levinstone will show you how to express the characteristic shapes and features of the cloud formations using watercolour. She’ll give you practical advice for how to get started and techniques to put into practise as you take inspiration from the skyscape.

Each workshop starts with a warm-up exercise before we get started on two cloud studies. As you follow Donna’s advice, Gavin Pretor-Pinney will tell you about the science of the formations and read poetry and quotations to inspire you. The idea is that his words will wash over you as you get into the zone with your painting. By teaching you how to paint the ever-varied clouds, this course will give you an understanding of the moods of the sky and of how clouds work, and above all it will deepen your appreciation of the beauty of the sky.


Tuesdays at 18:30- 20:00 BST

Session 1: 4 May

Session 2: 11 May

Session 3: 18 May

Practical Information

  • Any standard watercolour paint set. (Fairly inexpensive options to consider are this or this)
  • Any basic fine-tip brush (one will probably already come with your paint set)
  • Broader brush #8-12 for larger areas and broad washes
  • Pad of standard watercolour paper. The size of the pages is up to you
  • Few sheets of paper towel or tissue. This is helpful for one of the watercolour techniques Donna will be teaching
  • It is helpful to have a few different water jars to use for brush cleaning and applying clear washes
  • And if you want your watercolour sketches to look a little more pro, some 1-inch painter’s tape might be an idea. This is in no way essential, just a nice way to neaten up your paintings with a white border around. You could stick some tape along all four edges of a couple of sheets just before the workshop
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Gavin Pretor Pinney

Gavin Pretor-Pinney is founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, which has over 54,000 members in 120 countries. He is the author of the internationally bestselling Cloudspotter’s Guide and Cloud Collector’s Handbook as well as A Cloud A Day. His third book, The Wavewatcher’s Companion, won the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books. Gavin is a TED Global speaker with over 1.3 million views.

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A Watercolour Course - How to Paint the Sky

Donna Levinstone

Donna Levinstone is a professional artist/educator located in New York City. Her works have appeared in many museums and private collections. Her landscape paintings have been exhibited in galleries worldwide. She has presented over 100 zoom workshops and is dedicated to bringing the joy of creating art into peoples’ lives.

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