If you have been following me for a while on Instagram, you know how I love my quiet (solo) mornings painting in my sketchbook. There's just something about a quiet house, a hot coffee, classical piano and your sketchbook to start the day. Well, a few years ago I painted this "rainbow cityscape" one morning and since then, I have just always loved it. From painting in a very satisfying rainbow order gradient, to using a paint pen to mindlessly draw repetitive shapes and lines for the building details... it was just so therapeutic!
Well one morning this past summer, I was painting with my son (who is 6 and has recently exploded in his interest for art) and I shared this painting in my sketchbook with him. He then asked me to teach him how to paint it... and so, I broke it down for him. As we were painting and drawing together, I started thinking about what a great lesson this would be to roll out early in the year when teaching about line and shape (along with pattern, repetition and so much more). Even though I am no longer in the classroom this year- once a teacher brain always a teacher brain. So... I created a formal lesson for it- and honestly it was so much fun teaching this lesson to him!
In this lesson you will have everything you need from art history (hello Faith Ringgold, James Rizzi and more!) to books and videos that pair perfectly, A cityscapes / buildings drawing guide, to step by step color photos and time-lapses and so much more! Using glue, watercolors, any white drawing material that is opaque enough, and my guide- this lesson is great for all ages honestly.
I am so excited to teach this lesson to a small group once my private classes for kids begin... but until then, I hope that you enjoy this lesson with your students! You can find this Watercolor Cityscape lesson here! If you have any questions or suggestions- don't hesitate to reach out to me through my email or Instagram!