Do you like watercolors? We do!
Today, we continue to experiment with these fun paints. And we feel inspired to create a simple landscape scene with our imagination.
- Watercolor paper or thick paper (we used a paper plate)
- Watercolor paints
- Paint brushes
- A cup of water
- Paper towels (for dabbing your brushes and clean up)
- Optional: Table covering or smock to protect table and clothes
Watch video for inspiration…
If you have trouble getting inspired, just look outside. Or you can search online for artworks or images of landscapes. You might also ask yourself:
- What type of landscape will I draw? Will it be something I know or something imagined?
- What kind of setting will it have? A desert? Maybe a beach? Or maybe it’s something entirely made up!
- Is there a story to it? For example, does it reflect a road trip? A peaceful scene? A slice of nature?
- What colors will I use? Pastels or bright colors?
- What will be in my landscape? Trees, flowers, animals, people, etc.?
Remember, focus on the process and having fun!
Finally, you might enjoy these activities, too:
- Try a perspective landscape activity. We liked this one from Deep Space Sparkle.
- Watch a video about landscape perspectives. This one from Createful Art included an activity for making translucent landscape window art.
- Dive into a landscape art lesson from the J. Paul Getty Museum. Lesson plans are available for as young as kindergarteners and divided by grades (up through Grade 12).
- Plus, check out our Desert Sky Silhouette landscape activity!
About our volunteer
Julia is a student at Arizona State University studying biology. She draws and paints to relax and think. You might find her at the museum helping at an event, but she’s often behind the scenes helping input data and prepping sample artworks for marketing events.