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CREATE A CITYSCAPE

Artists are often inspired by the world around them. When their drawing or painting depicts a town or city, the artwork is called a cityscape. Artists may include buildings, cars and even people. They often overlap the shapes in their designs to create the illusion of space.

SUPPLY BOX
Watercolor paint
Paper
Cup of water watercolor brush
Sharpie marker

ART WORDS
Cityscape: A work of art that
depicts a town or city.
Warm colors: Red, orange and yellow. Cool colors: Blue, green and purple.

BRAINSTORM BUILDINGS
Use a sharpie marker to practice drawing different styles and shapes of buildings. Be inventive; try drawing buildings with rectangular lines and also curvy lines. Try drawing some buildings very tall and others short. Some cityscapes include offices, banks, hospitals, churches, libraries, museums, theatres, water towers, ferris wheels, and clock towers.

CREATE A SKYLINE
On a clean sheet of paper, draw your favorite buidlings. As you are drawing, be sure to overlap the shapes. Be sure to draw some buildings larger and some smaller. Next, add small details like doors, windows and chimneys. Be inventive; create some imaginary buildings using unusual shapes and colors.

ADD COLOR
Using your watercolor paint and brush, add color to your design. To create visual interest, try painting the main shape of your building a warm color and for contrast, paint the windows or doors a cool color. Keep repeating this process, each time changing colors. Be sure to rinse your brush each time you change colors!

DISPLAY YOUR WORK
Let your painting dry, and remember to sign your work. Make sure to display your painting so everyone in your family can admire your masterpiece!

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