Draw a Landscape

Learn how to draw a landscape with a lake tucked into one of its layers. It leaves lots of room for fore, middle and background details.

You can prepare your students for lessons on perspective by first practicing layering. This view of a lake tucked in to layered mountains has lots of opportunity for drawing larger things up front, and smaller things in the back.

This landscape has the added twist that the layers are all angled. Students can figure out how to draw perpendicular buildings that still attach to an angled ground. Hint: It won’t look quite right if the buildings leaning too, they need to always stand straight up and down.



Time needed: 1 hour.

How to Draw a Landscape

  1. Draw five angled lines.

  2. Add the lake, tree and windmill.

  3. Add trees above the lake.

  4. Draw clouds above the trees.

  5. Add a house, tree and car below the lake.

  6. Draw buildings at an angle on the bottom angle.

  7. Add windows and doors.

  8. Draw large tops of trees on the bottom edge.

  9. Trace with a marker and color with colored pencils.

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