CREATE: Part 1 - Watercolor Landscape Painting

Part 1 - Watercolor Landscape Painting (15 points)

Learning Objective: I can identify my important ways to use color in my art to create the most interesting watercolors. I can explore creativity by painting a landscape painting.


This is a TWO PART watercolor landscape painting assignment. Please read the instructions carefully. You will complete 1/2 of the assignment this week and the other 1/2 in week 5.

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Step 1: Watch the following video.

Step 2: Find a photo and prep your workspace

Take a photo of a landscape that you would like to paint. If you can't find a location of a landscape that interests you feel free to find a landscape online or find several and combine them to create a landscape of your own. Next, get your piece of paper ready by taping it down to a board and getting your watercolor supplies out and ready.

Step 3: Sketch your design

Once you have your materials ready, sketch out the chosen image on your paper very lightly with a pencil. If you want to, you can even sketch it out with your paintbrush using a light color, so then, in the end, there will be no pencil lines showing through. You can also just erase them as you go. Once you have your drawing done, I want you to take a walk outside. Please notice things about the colors that are in real life. Notice how the sky is almost never a pure blue and how all of the colors are actually a mixture of a variety of colors.

Step 4: Paint First Washes

Begin with the first layer of paint. Remember that with watercolors, you want to go from lightest to darkest. So, put the lightest colors in and let the first layer dry. Paint the “grounds” of your landscape with thin, transparent washes: the background, middleground and foreground. For this week you will only complete the assignment up to the first layers of paint step (on 6:49 in the video). You will complete the rest of the assignment next week in Part 2.

To submit your assignment:

  1. Document Part 1 of your assignment with a photo from a digital camera, phone, or camera app.
  2. Upload this image to your Google Drive AND add it to your Google Slides art portfolio.
  3. Return to this assignment page and click Add Submission
  4. Follow the instructions to put the working link to your portfolio into the Online Text box.
  5. Then, drag and drop your final image into the Online Text box.
  6. Click Save Changes.

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