Easy Textured Landscape Painting Idea For Beginners

Are you looking for a fun and easy textured landscape idea? This art project is perfect for children and beginners to try. Add your own twist to this easy textured landscape painting idea.

landscape painting with grass, swirly sky and 3 trees with tissue paper leaves.

Recommended Supplies

  • Tempera Paint in the following colors: green, yellow, blue, purple, white, brown
  • Pencil
  • 9″ x 12″ or 12″ x 18″ Black Tru-Ray Construction Paper
  • Paint Brush (stiffer brush works best)
  • Paint Trays or Palettes

Optional Supplies

  • Warm Colored Tissue Paper for trees or Warm Colored Tempera Paint
  • Glue (if making textured tissue paper trees)
  • Black, blue or violet chalk pastel (if you want to add cast shadows)

What age is this lesson appropriate for?

The examples you will see are from second graders (ages 7-8). Like any of our lessons, this painting can be modified to become more advanced artists or simplified for younger children.

How To Explain Texture

The art element of texture is pretty easy for children to understand. In art, it is how something feels or appears to feel. Look at a variety of paintings and ask children to tell you how they think it feels to fully understand that it can just appear to feel a certain way.

Textured Landscape Art Lesson

Artists To Look At First

  • Vincent Van Gogh: we love watching this Art with Mati and Dada with children and looking at his artwork to discuss the different textures and feelings they see. There is also a Brian Pop Jr. on Vincent Van Gogh.
  • Claude Monet: discussing his expressive brushstrokes and textures is a great place to start your conversation. There is a 20-minute getting to know Monet cartoon kids like. Here is another great Monet art project you could try as well.
  • Erin Hanson: a contemporary artist who uses bold colors and textures in her landscapes.

For this texture landscape lesson, we are going to paint a fall scene. However, you could modify this art lesson to be any time of year depending on the trees or other colors you chose to incorporate.

Step 1: Draw Horizon Line

Add a light horizon line on the black paper. It can be straight or slightly wavy.

Step 2: Dab Paint For Grass

Place green, yellow and white tempera paint on a paint tray or palette. You will not give students water. Demonstrate how to pick up two different colors on the brush to dab textures for grass.

paint brush with green paint stamping on grass.

Continue until the whole grass is filled with different greens. You will be amazed at the different colors and tints your students will get. The goal should be to fill the whole space below the horizon line.

different shades of green paint on black paper.

Step 3: Paint Swirls In The Sky

If doing this in the art classroom, then this would be done once the grass has dried. You can do this step without the grass drying, but you have to be careful.

child's hand working on landscape painting.

Start with separate blobs of violet, blue and white on a paint tray. Dip your brush into different colors and swirl in the sky. You can leave some black or really fill the sky with paint.

Step 4: Let Painting Dry

pile of grass and sky paintings on black paper.

Step 5: Paint Or Draw 3 Tree Trunks

You can draw tree trunks with brown oil pastels or paint 3-5 different-sized trunks. This is a great time to explain foreground, middleground and background to students.

3 brown tree trunks on landscape painting.

Let Trunks Dry

Let the paint fully dry if you painted the tree trunks.

Step 6: (optional) Add Cast Shadows With Chalk

Chalk pastels look awesome on top of tempera paint. You can use a black, blue or purple chalk pastel to add a shadow to the side of the trunk and a cast shadow on the ground.
A little chalk goes a long way and then smudge with your finger.

green painted grass, swirly sky with brown tree trunks and blue cast shadows.
You can see just the slight cast shadow done with blue chalk. The highlights on the trunks were done by blending white oil pastel with the burnt sienna oil pastel.

Step 7: Add Warm Color Leaves

With young children, add textured tissue paper leaves to their branches. We show a detailed texture tissue paper heart in this post.

hand wrapping tissue paper around end of pencil.

You use a similar process by wrapping a small square of tissue paper around your pencil, dipping it in glue and adding to the project.

hand using end of pencil wrapped in tissue paper to attach to landscape project.

Step 9: Let Dry and Display

landscape painting with grass, swirly sky and 3 trees with tissue paper leaves.

These awesome texture landscape paintings are fun for all and all young artists are able to add their own unique touches.

textured landscape paintings with tissue paper tree leaves.
These tree trunks were done with brown oil pastel. If in a time crunch, that is easier than waiting for brown paint to dry.

Landscape Painting FAQs

How do you get a variety of colors?

You have to teach kids to understand they cannot mix the separate paint colors on their tray or palette. Encourage them to dip into two colors and use up all that paint before moving on. You can give them a paper towel to dab their brush on as well to help clean their brushes. Do not give them water as you will have a watery mess.paper plate with white, yellow and green paint on it.

What is the best tempera paint?

We like the Premier Crayola and even their washable tempera paint depending on the project.

What is a landscape painting for kids?

Landscape paintings depict outdoor scenes such as mountains, trees, buildings or other things you naturally see outdoors.

Do you have to use tissue paper in this lesson?

Instead of adding extra texture to your landscape painting with texture, you could stamp warm colors (red, yellow and orange) paint to create your leaves.

More Elementary Art Lessons With Texture

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painting with 3 trees, grass and sky.

Textured Landscape Painting Idea

Print Pin Rate
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 45 minutes
Dry Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Cost: under $5

Equipment

  • Pencil
  • Stiffer Paint Brush
  • Paint Tray, Palette or Paper Plate

Materials

Instructions

Painting the Grass

  • Add a light horizon line on the black paper. It can be straight or slightly wavy.
  • Place green, yellow and white tempera paint on a paint tray or palette. Dab textures for the grass after picking up two colors at a time on the brush.
  • FIll the whole space under the horizon line.

Painting the Sky

  • Start with separate blobs of violet, blue and white on a paint tray. Dip your brush into different colors and swirl in the sky. You can leave some black or really fill the sky with paint.
  • Let painting dry.

Adding Trees

  • Draw three tree trunks with brown oil pastel.
  • Add leaves with red, oragne and yellow tissue paper. Wrap tissue paper around pencil end, dip in glue and stick on project.

Notes

Optional Step To Add Shadows
Chalk pastels look awesome on top of tempera paint. You can use a black, blue or purple chalk pastel to add a shadow to the side of the trunk and a cast shadow on the ground.
A little chalk goes a long way and then smudge with your finger.
Other Tips
  • Do not use water to clean your brush. You will not get the same texture feel and kids will end up with watered-down colors.
  • Make sure to not mix colors on the paint tray. Children need to understand that if they do that they will not get the variety of colors and tints.

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