CREATE: Part 2 - Watercolor Landscape Painting

Part 2 - Watercolor Landscape Painting (20 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 should have completed 1/2 of the assignment in 4.3 and the rest of the assignment this week.

sticky note 5.3

Step 1: Watch and review the following video, for Part 2 you will be adding the remaining parts of your painting (found in section 6:50-7:22 in the video):

Step 2: Refer to your reference photo when painting.

Use your reference photo from Week 4 and refer to it often. Paint from observation and identify the large shapes in the composition and block them in with thin medium tone washes. When you add your final layer, work with the dark tone colors. You can even use tape to tape off sections of your work that you want to keep white. I challenge you to not use the green from your watercolors but to mix your own colors. If you choose to use the green, add other colors to it, such as yellow if you want it lighter, or blue if you want the color darker. You can also add a bit of red (the complementary color of green) to the green in order to "mute" or "tone" the green down a bit.

Step 3: Paint Additional Layers

This step includes you adding the second and third layers of paint. Remember that you can lay down yellow, and then put a light layer of blue over the top to create the color green. You can add as many layers as you need to make this work a success, remember to allow layers to dry in between so they don't all "blend" or "bleed" together. When I grade your project, I will be looking to see if you added a sufficient number of layers.

Step 4: Add Details

Next, go in and add the smallest details in the highlighted areas. Try putting some of the darkest colors next to your highlights to really bring attention to the focal area (the area of the most interest). You'll want to use the very tip of your brush in order to gain control of your brush for the small details.

Before you submit this creative work ask yourself a few questions; these are all questions to consider before you turn work in to be graded:

  1. Ask yourself if you spent enough time to make this work the best that it can be, or did you just rush in the end to get it done?
  2. If you just rushed in the end, what are you going to do differently next week?
  3. Really self evaluate your work and your process of working. What can you do to improve? What does improvement look like?
  4. Did you take into account the different resources and artists/designers we have learned about in this class?

To submit your assignment:

  1. Document Part 2 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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