Paul Brent Cityscapes

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Paul Brent paints a variety of subjects, but my favorite is his cityscapes. He has four versions, with four different colored sky backgrounds, of his cityscapes. We imitate his art by painting a background on watercolor paper. Then we draw city buildings on printed newspaper.


  • Copies of Paul Brent cityscapes (Copy)
  • Watercolor paper
  • Craft or poster paint
  • ½” wide flat brush
  • Water
  • Newspaper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Colored chalk
  • Fixative or hair spray
  • Glue stick


  1. Choose a sky background color. Put a couple of drops of two shades of the color chosen, plus white, on a paper plate or palette.
  2. With the brush pick up color or colors of paint and spread it across the watercolor paper. Start at the top and paint the complete paper. Touch up areas that still show a bit of white paper. Set aside to dry.
  3. Draw city skyscrapers on the newspaper.
  4. Using black chalk, color the buildings. Color the edges the darkest; have some areas lightly colored. With chalk the same color as the painted sky, color in a couple of windows.
  5. Cut out the buildings and arrange them on the painted sky background. Again using the same colored chalk as the background, chalk in distant buildings.
  6. Glue the newspaper buildings to the background.

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