This was a fairly easily guided process, and if you have kids that like to use Sharpies, this is a good piece for them. I wanted the group to create either a sunset or a sunrise, and I think they did a great job. They’re excited to start the next project!
1. Using a pencil, draw a frame just inside the outer edges, on all four sides. Then, using a ruler and a pencil, draw geometric shapes (rectangles and triangles) to create the first (bottom) layer of building structures. Make sure the buildings touch each other. Once that’s done, draw another set just above the first, making sure to stagger the vertical lines, or walls, of the buildings. Do it again with a third set of buildings. Make sure to only go up two-thirds of the way up the paper, so you have room for the sky.
2. Once all the buildings are drawn, add the windows. It looks best if the windows are alternated and changed up a bit.
3. Use a super-fine Sharpie marker to trace over all the buildings and windows. Use a ruler, if needed. Those edges need to be straight!
4. Add the shading by using a grey marker on the left sides and bottoms only. If you’ve drawn diagonal lines (like my students did), you’ll realize that you’re probably best shading only the vertical line that’s connected with them – unless you want to do it differently. Hey! It’s art!
5. Using the same grey marker, draw a thick line to separate and emphasize the layers of buildings.
6. Mask the tops of the buildings using blue painter’s tape. Try to get the tape to cover all of the top black line, but not go over it. IMPORTANT: Make sure you rub your fingernail along the edges. If you don’t, your watercolor might seep under it.
7. Watercolor the different shades of a sunset or a sunrise. Don’t use too much water when you brush up against the tape, and blend the colors together with water on the paper.