A landscape painting with a 3D quality created by paper formations that raise off of the paper.
Low-Relief Landscape Painting
Prior to this activity students should have already practiced perspective drawing and basic color mixing with paints.
Using a pencil, students should lightly draw the landscape image on the card stock paper. The landscape should be scaled to fill the entire piece of paper. Students should pay attention to proportions and perspective when drawing.
Once the initial drawing is finished, have students erase what they don’t want and retrace their final image with thicker lines.
Students can now begin the relief building process. First, they should look at their drawing and decide which areas will require thick or thin relief (areas in the foreground should be thicker, while areas in the background should be thinner). Ask students to also consider which areas need rough or smooth texture, e.g. water, trees, rocks? Which paper manipulation technique would work best for that particular object or land formation?
Students can begin molding the paper for each individual part of their landscape. They should do one section at a time and not glue it to their paper until they are sure it “works”. Remind students to make sure they are making the background level thinner than the foreground.