Saturday, May 14, 2016

How To Paint a Bell Tower Worksheet and Lesson

This printable art lesson and the worksheet below is perfect for the young artist. It will help to give a foundation for basic painting.

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.

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 every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures.

If you like this project you might also like How to Paint a Rustic Barn

  • With some printers, you can just highlight it and send it to your printer.
  • Some printers work better if you copy and paste the image into a Word Document then print as you would normally. (If you get a small image just adjust the margins from the page layout in the toolbar, then drag the image to enlarge it.)
  • Some printers work better if you first drag the image to your desktop and print from there.
 Remember to set your printer to color.

If you have problems printing see the "HOW TO PRINT" tab above or try one of the updated links below that should print better.

How to Paint a Picture of a Belltower. Printable Worksheet

Here are two links that may work better on some printers.

CLICK HERE for a file in photo format.
CLICK HERE for a file in Universal Portable format.


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 the 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 underpainting 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.


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.

Thank you for visiting my blog.  I hope this project is fun and helpful for you. 

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You might like to try the, How to Paint a Picture of a Lighthouse project. To see it CLICK HERE.

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(c)Adron Dozat 5/14/16