Landscape Curriculum 2

This video is part 2 in a Landscape Curriculum designed for self-taught artists. (watch part 1)

This discussion talks about the various genres and formats where landscape can be found in the visual arts: in game design, manuscripts, ceramics, murals, textiles, and more.

Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Alex Rowe.

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Soft Pastel Landscape Drawing

Video Walkthrough

  • Usually when “landscape” is mentioned in the context of art, the “typical” landscape is an oil painting.
  • Landscapes can be found in an immense range of art forms.
  • Minecraft has produced intricate landscapes, which share the exact same principles of lighting, atmospheric perspective, etc. found in a Thomas Cole painting.
  • Animal Crossing is an interactive landscape which is created by you.
  • Landscape artwork is often a reflection upon geography, as the landscape varies tremendously depending on location.
  • In illustration, the landscape can truly become a character and world in itself.
  • People often think backgrounds and landscapes will interfere with the figures in an artwork.
  • Leo and Diane Dillon’s children’s book illustrations have a dream-like quality that show the passage of time.
  • WPA posters use a very flat, graphic style to portray landscapes throughout the US.
  • Landscapes in Osamu Tezuka’s manga comics are incredibly rich and atmospheric, despite being pen drawings.
  • Many cultures have ceramic tiles, vases, and plates that have landscapes.
  • In the context of a vase, the landscape does not have a definitive ending the way the edge of an oil painting does.
  • Murals in cities often define the landscape and personality of the neighborhood.
  • Textiles with landscapes can range from historical tapestries in Europe to designs by the company Marimekko.
  • A background in animation can be as much of the storytelling process as the characters themselves.
  • The technology in movies has drastically transformed over the past few decades.
  • Old matte paintings were truly an art form that defined space and atmosphere.
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Brush Pen Drawing in Taiwan

Fine Artists

  • Diedrick Brackens
  • Henry Darger
  • Lady Pink
  • Rembrandt
  • Shonto Begay
  • Thomas Cole
  • Will Cotton


  • Aurora Reyes Flores
  • Lady Pink

Comics Artists

  • Osamu Tezuka
  • Tillie Walden


Concept Artists & Animators

  • Adam Adamowicz
  • Don Hertzfeldt


  • Marimekko
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Dip Pen Drawing with Ink & Markers

Films & TV shows

  • Billy’s Balloon
  • Galaxy Quest
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Ran
  • Shrek
  • Snow White
  • Superman
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Waking Life
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Full Curriculum

Overview · Landscapes 1 · Landscapes 2

Video & Board Games

  • Animal Crossing
  • Candyland
  • Everdell
  • Minecraft
  • Journey


  • Brave Irene
  • The Zabajaba Jungle
  • Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears
  • Alone in Space
Clara Lieu
Watercolor in Utah: Widstoe Cemetery


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