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How to Draw a Winter Landscape

Learn how to draw a winter landscape with moonlight shadows on white snow. It’s a great study in contrast.

How to Draw a Winter Landscape
How to Draw a Winter Landscape

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.

MATERIALS

DIRECTIONS

Time needed: 35 minutes.

How to Draw a Winter Landscape

  1. Draw the snow banks.

  2. Space out 3 tree trunks.

  3. Add branches to the left tree.

  4. Add branches to the middle tree.

  5. Add branches to the right tree.

  6. Draw a moon.

  7. Draw shadows that point to the moon.

  8. Color the trees black and the shadows gray.

  9. Color the sky, leaving spots for snow.

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