Creative exercises for every month

Streetscapes - a guided tour

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No expensive supplies needed. Use what you have at home or buy kids craft supplies. These are experimental exercises 👉 pencils, acrylic paints, charcoal, paper, pen and glue.



 Create a simple streetscape painting by copying Twighlight, Arthur Streeton, (1889).
👩‍🎨 Use one colour and some white paint to mix in as well.
👩‍🎨 Apply the paint using a piece of card.
👩‍🎨 The shape of the card creates the buildings.
👩‍🎨 Use the edge of the card for the lines.
👩‍🎨 Enjoy!

Here is a video demonstration of how to apply paint using a card 🎬


streetscape art exercise, continuous line drawing

Continuous line drawing of a streetscape 🏙
👉 Use a photo of a street, preferably one you’ve taken yourself.
👉 Without taking your pen off the paper draw all the lines and shapes you see.
👉 It’s a good exercise for exploring your subject and getting a feel for the composition.


art exercise, two colour sketches of a streetscape

Quick two-colour sketches of a streetscape 🌇
🖍The main idea here is to play around with colours.
🖍 These can be done quite quickly so you’re also doing four quick sketches, becoming more familiar with your subject and practicing the composition in a very short space of time.
👉 Select a streetscape photo to work with and grab some pastels or paints.
👉 Choose four combinations of colours.
👉 For each of your squares you will use one colour to fill in for a background on the other colour to sketch with.
👉 You can always use your background colour as part of the sketch as well.
I hope you enjoy it!


Have a play with some cardboard relief
✂️I found a few various pieces of cardboard of different shades.
✂️ I cut them all down to half a standard piece of paper.
✂️ I chose to use Paul Cezanne's, Dr Gachet's house in Auvers, as inspiration.
✂️I chose the lighter shade of cardboard for the background with the darker in the foreground and the lightest for the path.
✂️ I focused on cutting the simple lines I could see in the background, midground and foreground for each piece of cardboard.
✂️ I kept it as simple as I could and drew in a few details at the end.
🎬 Here's the video link 👉


art exercise Charcoal and tissue technique

Charcoal and tissue technique
Choose your street scene, I’m enjoying trying different techniques on the same scene at the moment.
👉 Use charcoal to put out down plenty of dark areas, basic shapes and lines.
👉 Take a tissue and wipe it all away. I’m using natural charcoal here which wipes away very well.
👉 draw again over the top. You’ll now have plenty of tone on the paper from the previous attempt.
👉 Wipe away your drawing again.
👉 Try to improve on the elements that you may not have got right the first couple of times. Or focus more on line as you’ll already have a lot of dark areas on the paper.



Streetscape collage

Streetscape collage 
This exercise helps you breakdown an image into its basic shapes and colours. It’s challenging but good fun 😅
👉 Use a photo of a street scene as a reference.
👉 look through magazines or newspapers for the colours you’re after. It’s fun to use pictures rather than plain blocks of colour as you get a more interesting result.
👉 Tear out shapes to create a collage based on your picture.
👉 Step back and compare it with your photo as you go.


Exploring a streetscape through drawing.

👉 Copy this work by Childe Hassam (1859-1935) Rue Montmarte, 1889.
👉 take the time to explore the painting using your pen or pencil.
👉 You can really delve into every little aspect of a painting when you’re drawing. There’s no need to feel you should reproduce it accurately. 

Childe Hassam (1859-1935) Rue Montmarte, 1889

drawing of Childe Hassam (1859-1935) Rue Montmarte, 1889


Coloured contour streetscape drawing
This exercise won't take long.
👉 I found this photo which I took at Edith Cowan University.
👉 Using it as inspiration, I chose 4 colours.
👉 Using a cloth, I applied a water colour wash.
👉 I then used some black acrylic paint on a thin brush to draw a contour of the building and bushes.

🎬 Here's the video 👉



Raoul Dufy (French)
Copy this streetscape The Pantheon and St. Etienne-du-Mont by Raoul Dufy, 1904.
✍️ I went with a natural charcoal for this exercise.
✍️ I saved the image in monotone first to make it easier on myself.
✍️ The little people were fun to scribble in

The Pantheon and St. Etienne-du-Mont by Raoul Dufy, 1904.

copy of The Pantheon and St. Etienne-du-Mont by Raoul Dufy, 1904.



 A streetscape collage
✂️ I chose an image from a magazine to use as my base image.
✂️ I then found other streetscape images of various sizes.
✂️ I cut the smaller images to fit the shapes on the base image.✂️ I kept adding images until I liked it.
🎬 Here's the video


Café Terrace at Night (Place du Forum, Arles) by Vincent Van Gogh 1888
🎨 Use colour to copy the basic composition of this painting by Van Gogh.
💡 I didn’t want to get too detailed so I saved the image to my phone to I was working on a smaller scale.
🎨 I love the bright colours and shapes of this work.
🎨 I used oil pastels and then brushed baby oil into it to make it more painterly.
[Source: Wikiart]

Café Terrace at Night (Place du Forum, Arles) by Vincent Van Gogh 1888

copy of Café Terrace at Night (Place du Forum, Arles) by Vincent Van Gogh 1888


Our final exercise for the month! Copy this charcoal study by Edward Hopper.

👉 For this exercise I copied Edward Hopper's study of the nighthawks.
👉 Using soft charcoal, I copied the geometric shapes and hard lines of the buildings.
👉 I also used a chalk white pastel for a few areas.
🎬 Here's a link to the video 👉