I made this worksheet as a hand out to give my art students so they could take it home and practice painting on their own.
FIRST A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT:
Learning to paint takes time and practice. Do not give up if your work does not turn out the way you had hoped. Frustration is a good sign. It shows that someone has the gift of art and that you have to get your skills up to the level of your talent, so paint and draw everyday and soon you will be making beautiful pictures.
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Start by tracing the little design onto some 140 lb watercolor paper. This is the heavy paper that does not buckle. If it is hard to trace try holding it against a window with the light coming through.You could scan the design and enlarge it but watercolor paper is expensive so I suggest you may want to do the project in its original small size.
You may notice that the picture is loosely drawn without a lot of detail. Do not try to add detail at this stage, it is a painting you will add detail at the end.
Do the lighter pale colors first.
Use watery blue for the sky, leave some areas white for the clouds.
Use light brown for the distant mountains.
Use watery green for the trees, and drop a little brown into the green for shadows.
Use watery mustard yellow for the under painting of the building front. Mix a little purple in the yellow to make the color for the underpainting of the shadows.
Use orange for the tile roof.
NOW LET IT DRY
Use the tip of the brush to "draw" in the details.
Mix a little brown into the mustard yellow for a darker yellow-brown and draw dashes for the bricks.
Use red and draw the tiles of the roof.
Mix purple and brown for the bricks in shadow.
Mix purple violet and brown for the shadows inside the windows.
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