Snowy Cityscape Activity

Black and White Art Part -Snowy Night Cityscapes | Harrington Harmonies

Over the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my snowy project ideas! The first of these is a Snowy Cityscape. This activity is so simple and fun and the end result is fantastic. Have your student begin with drawing and city skyline of his or her choice. You could use a famous city skyline or simply create a make believe skyline.


How to Make a Snowy Cityscape in 4 Easy Steps

Materials Needed⇒

  • 9 x 12 Black construction paper
  • charcoal set which includes gray and white charcoals
  • white tempera paint
  • 9 x 12 white paper for cutting city skyline
  • scissors

Easy instructions:

  1. Draw a simple city skyline on the white paper.
  2. Cut your skyline out of the paper to be used as a stencil-cut only the top line and not each building.
  3. Lay it on top of your black construction paper and weigh it down to lay flat with pennies or small rocks.
    With white tempera paint watered down slightly, use a toothbrush splatter technique to make a snowy sky.
    Lift your cut out to reveal a city skyline.
  4. Now add details of windows, shadows between buildings and snowy roof tops with several charcoal values ranging from pure white to pure black. You can use a card stock straight edge to keep your lines straight if needed.

 Snow Night Cityscape project idea. | Harrington Harmonies

Skills used/learned:

  • cutting
  • drawing (city)
  • paint technique- create snow effect with toothbrush and paint
  • shading with charcoals