Cityscape Water Color

Greta is a working artist and is currently attending school for art education. This is her first semester working with Art Sphere. Her goal is to inspire her students to learn about the world through art, and express themselves freely.

This lesson teaches kids about composition, and how to create a landscape painting.

Greta was the author of this lesson.

The grade levels were between kindergarten-5th.

Some of the vocabulary Greta’s class used were: horizon line, pattern, horizontal, and vertical.

Materials included water color paints, individual cups of water, heavy duty paper (watercolor paper works best), brushes, rulers, and sharpies.


First, Greta passed out paper, pencils, and rulers. Then she instructed the students to write their names on the back of the paper. After everyone had completed this, she demonstrated where to draw the horizon line using the ruler. Before completing the next step she made sure everyone had drawn their horizon line using pencil. Next, Greta started creating the building that make up your cityscape. Here she used vertical and horizontal lines to make connecting buildings across the paper. After everyone had buildings stretching their horizon line, Greta’s class moved on to adding detail to the buildings. They did this through making different patterns. As the students were working on their patterns, Greta passed out sharpies and instructed the students to trace over ALL the pencil marks, once they were finished with their patterns. After all lines were traced over with sharpie, it was finally time to paint. Greta passed out cups of water, brushes and water color pallets and allowed the kids to really get creative and add color where they saw fit. Once the students were finished painting Greta collected the paintings and put them away safely to dry.

Looking into the deeper meaning of this lesson, I think it is a really good foundation for creating a proportional landscape view. From the horizon line one can get a better idea of how depth plays into a painting and how that can add more realistic or fantastical ideas into ones art.

Going through this lesson step by step gave the students a better understanding on how they could create the cityscape. At the beginning of the class many of the students were a little intimidated by this project, but by going at it slowly they understood how easy it actually was to create, and in the end the students really enjoyed this lesson a lot!

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