The Art Project:  Paper Landscape


This Art Project is based on Grant Wood’s “Stone City, Iowa”. We will do a landscape using construction paper and markers for details. We will try to capture depth by drawing far away objects smaller and objects closer to us bigger.

MATERIALS NEEDED: Several color construction papers, scissors, glue and markers (you can also use color pencils and crayons). Note: construction paper must be at least 8” tall. It is better if the width is longer than 8” too.

Step 1
We are going to do a landscape out of different layers of construction paper.
When doing a landscape, remember the objects in the background are smaller than the ones in the foreground.

Step 2
Start with the Sky paper (should be at least 8” tall). This will be the largest size of all the rest of the construction papers. You can use a white paper and color it blue or a blue paper and color in white clouds. Orange if you want your sky to be a sunset.

Step 3
Using only the upper 1/2 of you Sky paper and using it horizontally, draw any details you see in the sky. Example: Clouds, kites, planes or birds.

Ste 4
Then we will use the Hills or Mountain paper next. This can be brown or beige or green. Take the paper horizontally and cut off the top 2” of the paper, so that this is 2” smaller than the sky paper.

Step 5
Draw horizontally the shape of the hills on the upper ½ of your paper. Draw things you may see on hills. Example: Trees, bushes, or waterfalls.

Step 6
Take the next paper and cut off the top 2” of the paper horizontally, so that this is 2” smaller than the paper you used for the hills.

Step 7
Draw horizontally buildings. Using the upper 1/2 of the paper draw buildings or houses or barns. Remember to do these in a medium size as this are in the middle ground.

Step 8
Take the next paper and cut off the top 2” of the paper horizontally, so that this is 2” smaller than the paper you used for the buildings.
Horizontally draw the people or cars or other things you see on the street. Remember to make this big, in proportion to the landscape as these are in the foreground.

Step 9
Taking the Hills paper, cut around the top of the hills so that the shapes of the hills show. Only the top, do not cut vertically at all.

Step 10
Take the buildings paper and pretend there is a line going across horizontally 3” down from the top of the paper. You can even take a pencil and draw it, but do not draw on the part where you drew buildings, just the empty spaces. (If you do not have empty spaces because your buildings are touching each other,then just cut off the top as you did with the mountains.) Cut around the top of the shape of the buildings but do not cut below the pencil line. Do not cut vertically at all.

Step 11
Taking the people paper, pretend there is a horizontal line across the paper, half way from the top. You can again use a pencil to draw this line, without drawing over the people you drew. Then cut around the top shape of the people and do not cut below the middle pencil line. Do not cut vertically at all.

Step 12
You can now take your Hills paper and align it from the bottom and placing it on top of the sky paper. Then glue it on top of it, making sure the bottom is aligned and the top of the sky is showing.

Step 13
You can now take your building paper and align it from the bottom and place it on top of the hills paper. Then glue it on top of it, making sure the bottom is aligned and the top of the hills is showing.

Step 14
You can now take your people paper and align it from the bottom and placing it on top of the building paper. Then glue it on top of it, making sure the bottom is aligned and the top of the buildings is showing.

 

 

 

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