Sandra Willard-Like Landscapes

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Sandra Willard style art was the theme of this second grade art class. Before we began the class, we watched a PowerPoint presentation showing some of Sandra’s art. Her simple, bright colored pictures showing peaceful, serene landscapes seem to beg to be imitated. After watching the PowerPoint, I assigned individual pictures for each child to imitate. When they were finished with their drawing, they used colored tissue paper, water and a brush to paint their picture.


  • PowerPoint of Sandra Willard, artist
  • Watercolor paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Black Sharpie
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Paint brush and water container
  • Paper Towels


  1. Watch the PowerPoint presentation and discuss the art of Sandra Willard.
  2. Choose a picture of Sandra’s art to imitate.
  3. With a pencil, draw your picture on the watercolor paper. Erase any unwanted or unneeded lines.
  4. Outline all the pencil lines with the black Sharpie.
  5. Lay pieces of colored tissue paper on specific areas of the picture and wet the tissue with the brush dipped in water. To make sure the brush isn’t too wet; touch it on a paper towel before applying it to the picture.

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1 Response to Sandra Willard-Like Landscapes

  1. Kristyn says:

    These are very pretty. I like the tissue paper technique.

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