Do you like watercolors? We do!

Today, we continue to experiment with these fun paints. And we feel inspired to create a simple landscape scene with our imagination.

Getting started

You’ll need:

  • Watercolor paper or thick paper (we used a paper plate)
  • Watercolor paints
  • Paint brushes
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towels (for dabbing your brushes and clean up)
  • Imagination
  • Optional: Table covering or smock to protect table and clothes

Watch video for inspiration…

If you have trouble getting inspired, just look outside. Or you can search online for artworks or images of landscapes. You might also ask yourself:

  • What type of landscape will I draw? Will it be something I know or something imagined?
  • What kind of setting will it have? A desert? Maybe a beach? Or maybe it’s something entirely made up!
  • Is there a story to it? For example, does it reflect a road trip? A peaceful scene? A slice of nature?
  • What colors will I use? Pastels or bright colors?
  • What will be in my landscape? Trees, flowers, animals, people, etc.?

Remember, focus on the process and having fun!

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About our volunteer

Julia is a student at Arizona State University studying biology. She draws and paints to relax and think. You might find her at the museum helping at an event, but she’s often behind the scenes helping input data and prepping sample artworks for marketing events.