By Morgan Johnson, Art Room Intern
Students will paint a landscape of their choosing using a tonal gradation method to produce a sense of distance and atmosphere in their piece.
• 1 Piece of Watercolor Paper
• Watercolor Paint
• Water Cup
• Paper Towels
Grab your supplies and let’s get painting!
Start by choosing the type of landscape you wish to depict. It could be a city skyline, rural hillside, or mountainous terrain. You will only be painting the outline of the landscape.
Then, choose the paint color you will use for the entire piece (Any color can work!).
Start by painting the first outline of the landscape (towards the bottom of the page) the darkest shade of this color. You may need to add black to your color to achieve a very dark shade.
Paint each new layer a slightly lighter shade than the last by using less black and adding small amounts of white paint or water (for watercolors) to each layer.
Try to get the final layer to an almost white color with only a hint of the original color you started with! Alternate sides of hills by painting some on the left and some on the right side of the page for a dynamic effect!