Weekend Art Challenge – Architectural Wonders

Welcome to our latest weekend art challenge. This sounds like a huge very grande subject, but you can interpret it how you wish. You can create artwork of a big and impressive building that speaks to you.. or something much more simple. Even little cafe’s have amazing architecture. You just have to look for it! Choose something that interests you and portray it in any style and any medium.


Sketching Architectural Details
Begin by sharpening your observation skills through the art of sketching. Select a particular architectural detail that intrigues you—a decorative facade, an ornate window, or an intricate doorway, for example. Set up your sketching materials and spend time studying the chosen detail from various angles. Pay attention to proportions, perspective, and the interplay of light and shadow. Create a detailed sketch that showcases the essence and unique characteristics of the architectural element.

Monochromatic Architectural Painting
Explore the expressive power of a single colour palette through a monochromatic architectural painting. Select a famous building or an architectural masterpiece that inspires you. Experiment with different shades, tones, and values of a single colour, such as grey, sepia, or blue. Use watercolours, acrylics, or any preferred medium to create a painting that highlights the architectural structure’s form, texture, and atmosphere. Pay attention to light and shadow to add depth and dimension to your artwork.

Cityscape in Perspective
Challenge yourself to capture the energy and grandeur of a cityscape through the use of perspective drawing. Select a skyline or a cityscape that captivates your imagination. Start by sketching the basic outlines of the buildings and landmarks, and then apply the principles of perspective to create a sense of depth and scale. Experiment with different mediums, such as pencils, ink, or markers, to add details and textures that bring your cityscape to life. Focus on capturing the unique character and atmosphere of the urban landscape.

Architectural Fusion
Let your creativity soar by merging architecture with other artistic styles or genres. Select an architectural structure and reimagine it in a different artistic context. For example, you could depict a cathedral in a surrealistic landscape or a modern skyscraper in an impressionistic setting. Experiment with colour schemes, brushwork, and composition to create a harmonious fusion of architecture and your chosen artistic style. Explain the inspiration behind your fusion piece and how it transforms the perception of the architectural structure.

The idea of these challenges is to help students improve their skills by drawing, painting and creating regularly.

So try to submit work that you have created specifically for the challenge – or course work you are currently creating for your art course. Sometimes our challenge themes cross over with what students are learning. Our challenges are great practive for your coursework too!

Remember to submit your artwork to us via email if you would like it posted on our blog next week.

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