Google "animal silhouette" or use one from below. Draw the light outline of the animal of your choice on a piece of watercolor paper in the back of your sketchbook. Don't make it too small. Fill most of the page.
Paint a landscape within the shape using your watercolors. Layers of sky, hills, trees, and grass work well. Remember to let layers dry so they don't bleed together. You can speed up the process with a hair dryer.
I have included some student examples.
Art Appreciation Assignment:
I introduced you to artist Andrea Kowch this week in class. Here is another one of her fascinating paintings, titled "In the Distance." Study the painting and then answer the following questions...
1. Choose three adjectives that describe this painting. 2. Name at least 3 elements of the painting that create tension. 3. What might a thought bubble say next to the woman? 4. How does this painting smell, sound, feel (as in sensations), taste?