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Snowy City Painting

This winter painting for kids has some added depth in the sky because the swirl lines were traced with an extra layer of blue paint. 

winter painting for kids

The best painting projects often come from some of the simplest of drawing projects. This snowy city sky is a series of buildings, with snow-topped roofs, sitting below a swirly sky. Easy to draw, and thus easy to paint.

The extra fun little twist to this painting is that the swirls in the sky, which are kind of “Starry Night” looking, are traced again with more blue paint after the first layer is dry. The extra paint creates a deeper layer of blue and makes those swirls look all the more mesmerizing.

For maximum results, I recommend using liquid watercolor paint on real watercolor paper. Years of painting with students taught me that it was the only way to get that really pretty textured color that watercolors are famous for.


  • Snowy City Night Tutorial (click to open)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Sharpie, Black, fine tip
  • Watercolor paint, liquid works great
  • Tempera paint, white (for the snow)


Time needed: 1 hour.

Draw and Paint a Snowy Winter Night

  1. Draw a snow base line.

  2. Draw three large buildings with snow tops.

  3. Add smaller buildings on the left.

  4. Add smaller buildings on the right.

  5. Fill the buildings with windows.

  6. Start the large swirls in the sky.

  7. Continue the swirls in the background.

  8. Trace with a marker and paint the buildings.

  9. Paint the sky. Add another paint line over the swirls.
    Splatter white tempera paint when dry.

More Landscape Projects

How to Draw a Winter Landscape
How to Draw 3D Buildings
How to Draw a Landscape
Draw a Winter Townhouse

4 Responses

  1. Kathleen Barbro

    No worries, there’s always a human here to keep an eye on things too. 🙂

  2. mommainternet

    Yes, don’t know know why it wasn’t opening for me yesterday, but is working fine now. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Kathleen Barbro

    Hi, I just tried the link and it was working for me. If you want me to email the file, just request it at kathy(at) artprojectsforkids.org.

  4. mommainternet

    Hi, I love this project and look forward to trying it with my group. The link to the PDF doesn’t seem to be working, could you post the link when you have a moment? Thanks!

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