Painting Layered Buildings

city skyline drawing
I’ve found that most students, even young ones, love to draw buildings. The only thing is that they tend to put them all in just one line.
The Pinterest image above left inspired the idea of encouraging them to go the other direction – creating many, many layers. The right painting was made today by Lola, a talented fourth grader. I love that she chose to paint a lot of her windows yellow to show someone was home. So sweet.
  • Multimedia paper
  • Black Sharpie marker
  • Watercolor paint
  1. Students start by drawing a row of touching buildings on the bottom of the paper.
  2. A second row is added above that, preferable with none of the sides lining up. The placement will look best if buildings look randomly placed.
  3. More rows are added until there is only room for a small sky at the top.
  4. Windows and doors are added to the front buildings, and windows to those behind.
  5. All the of drawing is traced with a black Sharpie marker.
  6. The buildings are painted with watercolor paint.