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with Nancy Ellen Thompson
Online Class

Simple Techniques for Better Landscapes

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Learn how to draw landscapes you love with confidence and clarity alongside artist and instructor Nancy Ellen Thompson. Start class by discovering basic concepts for setting up captivating compositions. Next, select a reference photo, pick a focal point and get tips for creating a rough sketch. Add texture and tone to your work using essential mark-making methods. Want to bring eye-catching depth and distance to your drawings? Learn how with techniques for achieving accurate value, details and perspective in your landscape features. Then, bring your graphite drawing to life as Nancy Ellen teaches you how to draw realistic trees, grasses, mountains, rocks, water and more. You'll even find out how to place and draw fences, houses and sidewalks for outdoor scenes that are closer to home.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h44m

Included in this Class

1. Composition

1. Composition

Meet your instructor, Nancy Ellen Thompson, who will guides you through the easiest techniques to make your landscape drawings pop. Start with the basic ideas behind composition and explore techniques such as light against dark, the rule of thirds, and line perspective. Pick a photo and start your sketch!

2. Reference Material & Rough Sketch

2. Reference Material & Rough Sketch

Nancy helps you decide the best position for your focal point and demonstrates materials you can use, such as a rubylith, to help differentiate the light and dark values. She will also explain the difference between sketching and drawing and help you begin to create a rough sketch of your photo drawing.

3. Creating Value

3. Creating Value

Start your crosshatches! Nancy demonstrates how to understand value differences in a drawing and shows how to test variations in pencil hardness to achieve the effects you want. Be sure to test your own pencil set before beginning, then start to add texture and tone to a tree sketch.

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser