Online Class

Simple Techniques for Better Landscapes

Get own-forever classes for less than $8 a month!
As an annual Bluprint member, you'll choose one own-forever class to add to your library each month
Gift Bluprint

Capture the beauty of any natural scene you choose! Learn foundational techniques for drawing landscapes with lifelike dimension, texture and detail.

Skill Level


What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Nancy Ellen Thompson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

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
3. Creating Value
4. Depth & Distance
5. Trees, Shrubs, Grass & Mountains
6. Rocks & Water
7. Man-Made Elements

Recommended with this class

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

Taught by

Nancy Ellen Thompson
Nancy Ellen Thompson
Teaching art is a way of life for Nancy Ellen Thompson. She loves sharing her techniques with both new and accomplished artists in workshops throughout the country and on Craftsy. Nancy Ellen takes on a limited number of commissions, and her work can be found in private collections worldwide. Nancy Ellen is represented by Bishop's Stock Gallery in Snow Hill, Maryland and City Art Gallery in Columbia, South Carolina.

If you're not delighted with your Bluprint experience, we'll make it right or give you a full refund.