Cultural Landscape


  • 12×18 white paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Palette
  • Brushes
  • Water Cup

This assignment will test your skills at creating the illusion of a 3D space on a 2D surface.  Look in books or on the internet for a photograph of a landscape from another culture or part of the world.  It should be a photograph so that you are not simply copying someone else’s painting or drawing.  Start by sketching your landscape.  Your landscape should correctly display that you are using at least two out of the three types of perspective that we have discussed in class

  • Aerial/Atmospheric: as land recedes in space enough of the Earth’s atmosphere gets between you and what you are viewing where things appear blue/hazy.



  • 1pt Perspective: Where perspective lines converge towards one vanishing point.

Vanishing Point Perspective


  • Linear Perspective: Objects close to us appear large and as they move farther away in space appear smaller and smaller



Here is a great video of Grover demonstrating this concept for us on Sesame Street! 😀

If you can’t easily see at least two of these types of perspective in your photograph consider choosing a different reference photo.  Your drawing should also have a clear foreground, middle-ground, and background.

Once your sketch is complete begin painting in your landscape using acrylic paint.  Experiment with mixing colors.  Craftsmanship is very important so when you are painting try and cover up those pencil lines!


  • 2 out of the 3 types of perspective discussed in class
  • Foreground, Middle-ground, Background
  • Craftsmanship: painting is neat, obvious care has been taken with construction

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