Learn how to draw a winter landscape with moonlight shadows on white snow. It’s a great study in contrast.
Winter landscape drawing projects needn’t be complicated and involve lots of fancy supplies. This one is pretty simple, focuses on silhouettes of trees on a moon lite night, and can be made with just a couple of crayons and a black marker.
This drawing would also make an excellent example of one of the Principles of Design — Contrast. The black trees that cast a shadow against the white snow, are so much more striking than say brown trees against green grass. It’s a great way for students to learn how much impact contrast can have in their work.
- How to Draw a Winter Landscape (click to download a PDF)
- Drawing paper
- Black marker
Time needed: 35 minutes.
How to Draw a Winter Landscape
- Draw the snow banks.
- Space out 3 tree trunks.
- Add branches to the left tree.
- Add branches to the middle tree.
- Add branches to the right tree.
- Draw a moon.
- Draw shadows that point to the moon.
- Color the trees black and the shadows gray.
- Color the sky, leaving spots for snow.