Learning Objectives:
  •  Understand the role of atmospheric perspective in painting
  •  Learn how light and colour can be used to create depth in a painting
  •  Experiment with watercolour paint techniques
What you will need: 
A reference image, watercolour paper (or your sketchbook), a soft pencil (preferably 2B or 4B), eraserpencil sharpener, watercolour paints, a small brush, a larger brush, a pot of water and a paper towel. 
You can use colouring pencils if you don't have access to watercolours.
Today's task:
1. Read through the PowerPoint below to understand what atmospheric perspective is and how you can use it in your work.
2. Watch the demo video below.
3. Have a go at producing your own atmospheric perspective landscape, either using a photograph you have taken or one of the sample images provided below. Colour it using watercolours if you have them, or colouring pencils if not. 
Introduction to Atmospheric Perspective:
Demo video:
Mr Lax's finished painting:
Sample images for inspiration:
Top Tips
  • Keep it simple. You don't need to add a lot of detail, especially in the background
  • Draw your outlines lightly, as you may not be able to erase them after painting
  • Remember that objects, such as trees, are much smaller in the background than the foreground
  • Use cool colours in the background and warm colours in the foreground
  • Use lighter (more watered-down) colours in the background and darker (more pigmented) colours in the foreground.
  • Add detail to the foreground, e.g. leaves, branches or bark texture