Paint made with a watersoluble binder such as
gum arabic, and thinned
with water rather than oil,
giving a transparent color.
Traditionally used in a light
to dark manner, using the
white of the paper to
Usually transparent, and
appear luminous because
the pigments are laid
down in a relatively pure
form with few fillers
obscuring the pigment
Art that depicts natural scenery such as mountains,
valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where
the main subject is a wide view.
For this project you will
be creating a
that includes the
Element of Art: Space –
specifically focusing on
creating depth by
middle ground and
STEP 1: References
Research and print landscape reference images. As you look,
think about what type of landscape you want to create.
Things to take into consideration…
Differences in terrain, climate, vegetation, wildlife, etc.
Is there any architecture?
Is there a strong foreground, middle ground and
Step 2: Planning
For this project, more than any before, PLANNING is ESSENTIAL.
Use more than one reference image
Create 4 different compositional sketches in sketchbook
Think about different color options/schemes to use
Step 2: Planning
When planning consider your use of SPACE
Step 3: Final Drawing
Once I’ve approved your composition and color plan, you
may begin to draw VERY LIGHTLY on final watercolor paper
Dark pencil lines will show through on your watercolor.
Step 4: Painting
Apply watercolor using the techniques discussed and
practiced in class – reference color planning, make use of
test strips and your color wheel while you apply color.
After you have applied color to your landscape and it
has dried, you may go in with colored pencils to add fine
details if desired.