Landscape Paintings, session #2 / Fill Your Life With Creative Arts Workshops 7, #13.12.2019

Updated: Jul 1, 2020

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Aim: Building confidence whilst drawing landscapes in different compositions.

Our previous session was about five main important elements we should consider first;

Placing shapes


Figure & Ground


Focal point


There are many ways to develop the landscape theme. Collage technique that naturally involves possibilities for overlapping shapes in a theme that emerges.

Here are some simple tips for better composition in landscape paintings;

  • Focus on visual qualities; shape, colour, texture, tone, space, line, curves etc.

  • Take time to determine whether to design your painting horizontally or vertically.

  • Use the rule of thirds for more balanced and pleasing outcome.

  • Emphasize your main subject,

  • Accentuate a point of interest in your foreground,

  • Always place your focal point off centre of your composition,

  • Use diagonal/curve lines,

  • Reflect the beauty of nature such as adding water reflection in the scene,

  • Use contrasting elements which can create visual tension; such as straight and curved lines or light and dark areas within the picture plane.

  • Ensuring that each part works and makes sense with the others,

Many compositions are based on bold geometric shapes have specific effect on our psychology.

They are listed below:

Rectangle/Square: Balance and Tradition

Circle: Infinity, Protection, and Femininity

Triangl: Stability, Energy, and Aggression

Rhombus: Vibrant and Contemporary

Hexagon: Unity and Balance.

The Making Method:

Texturing the papers:

Use different ways of mark making and pattern on a piece of paper by using acrylic paints!

There are many ways to create textures on papers! Landscapes are rich in colours, variety of greens, blue, brown, yellow, orange.

An aim of this approach is to encourage the participants use variety ways of making textures using knives, forks, sharp edge objects.


What happens you mixed colours?

Are there any other ways to combine the landscape collage?

Can they think up new ways of mark making to make patterned effects!

Tearing /Cutting shapes:

You could use scissors or tear the paper to make variety of different shapes and sizes on your collage. Trace the shape of patterns then transfer the traced images to the back of the pre-colours paper.

Go on to make cardboard stencils which will be useful for drawing and repeat the shapes in the landscape.

Composing the Artwork :

Think about problems and add solutions!

There are many ways to arrange your shapes on to paper to compose the collage. Where would you like to start on the paper? How everything will be fitting without losing the balance? Ask if your collage too much on it? Can the shapes overlaps?

They lay out the collage cut outs before they use glue to create an illusion of space in a cohesive manner.

Finishing the Collage:

They used oil pastels to fill up the white spaces.

Housekeeping notes:

Divide your working area into two sides by maring with masking tape. Keep clean side of the rea for your collage. Glue over the edges so paper shapes stick flat.

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