Layered Winter Landscape

Landscape+trees-1I found this project at, a wonderful source for creative ideas.
1. Each student draws three lines that tilt a little to each side on a horizontal sheet of paper. These sections will each represent foreground, middle ground and background in the picture.
2. They draw three simple tree shapes, one extending up from each line. All should be spread out to give the branches room.
3. The ground lines inside each tree then need to be erased. The students will then trace all the pencil lines with a black sharpie. Lastly, the hills, trees and sky are to be filled in with oil pastels. Most pastels have a dark and light green, orange and yellow and brown, which may be used to shade each section to give it depth. If you use water-soluble pastels, you can brush the artwork with water to smooth the edges between the colors.

18 Responses

  1. I use plenty of your projects in my 2/3 classroom, but happened upon this one while looking for items for my landscape unit. Amaaaaazing.

  2. Holley

    I had seen using vegetable oil to smooth the pastels but it didn’t smell good after a month or so. Maybe a mineral oil would work?

  3. Jen

    I teach a jr. high class of students with moderate/severe disabilities- we completed te layered landscape, the students had a wonderful time completing them and they came out great! Thank you!

  4. Ash

    Encountered the site while searching for ideas to bring summer to a close. This is perfect to help capture summer before we head back to school.

  5. shazia

    Great posting. Thanks of shairing this useful post.


  6. rania123456

    I am very glad to see these lovely and beautiful entry.


  7. Isabel Armengol

    I ditto Butch! Life saving site!
    An answer to prayers.
    God Bless you!

  8. Butch

    Just found your site today. I’m excited for some new ideas! I teach art to kids at several schools and sometimes I just can’t think of a new idea. I might try this one today. Thanks

  9. April

    I homeschool two sons, 3rd and 4th grade, we did this art project and we all loved, evn I did one with them. It was so easy yet it was learning about art and it turned out great and each one was different. My son used dark colors and did a nighttime version..! Thanks so much for sharing this stuff!!!April

  10. Ms. Tee

    I found my way over here from Today’s Creative Blog and I’m so glad to have found you. My son loves art, and I can’t wait to have him do some of these. Thanks!

  11. tundratotem

    My husband and I run a one room schoolhouse on a Maine island and we use your website extensively to teach art to our K-8 students. This art lesson was our FAVORITE. We used really rich oil pastels and everyone was successful in creating a lovely perspective painting. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas! Michelle Finn

  12. Trish Richhart

    GREAT site! I homeschool my 5 children and I love the all the various ideas for a wide range of ages. We will be trying several of them.

  13. Kate

    My kids LOVED this! (I did it today with 2nd grade…and I will post results on my blog tonight!)


  14. sparkle jars

    You need to know that my family loves your blog! :-)

  15. Kristy & Jason

    Thank you for your wonderful projects. I have used a number of your ideas with my split class (I teach Grades 3 and 4) and they have gone over great!
    I was wondering if you had any Remembrance Day (Veterans Day) art ideas?

  16. sarah

    Hi Kathy,
    I recently came upon your blog and I LOVE it!! I teach art one day a week to k-5th grade and your blog has been a life saver! thanks!

  17. Kathy Barbro

    Hi Julie,
    That sounds interesting…I’ll have to try it. I take it that it doesn’t mess up the paper with oil marks.

  18. Ms. Julie's Place

    We sometimes use baby oil and Q-Tips to smooth out the color.

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