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Painted Victorian Homes Art Lessons

I’ve done this architectural drawing lessons for the past few years. It’s a great way to teach how math and art collide. Rectangles, triangles, perspective….you name it, this project has it! As a new spin, students colored small areas with markers and painted larger areas with pan watercolor paint. We spoke about monochromatic colors, but in the end, I encouraged the students to paint accordinging to their personal taste.


12″ x 18″ white paper, waterproof markers, pan watercolor paints, waterproof black pens, handouts and templates (found in Architecture Made Easy PDF)

Use the handouts available in my PDF for inspiration. Templates, made from tag board, make the “construction” of the homes super easy.

Time: Approx. 3-4, 45-minute sessions

Draw basic shape, windows, roofline and doors with pencil then add all the detail in waterproof pen.

Sixth Grade Victorian Homes!


  1. Love the details on these Patty! Suddenly I’m ready for a trip up to San Francisco. 🙂


    March 2, 2011

  2. Sorry Patty have not as yet received the pdf- Architecture Made Easy(paid for)

    The above e mail address was the one o paypal


    Gary Pinker

    March 23, 2011

    • Hey Gary,
      I forwarded your query to tech support. Neil will help you find the PDF.


      March 23, 2011

      • All good. Thanks Patty

        Gary Pinker

        March 23, 2011

  3. I teach painted ladies K-5. With my K-2, we do a “draw-with-me” lesson. With color markers, we draw a different house in each class adding the elements unique to the Victorian Style houses. Then students use crayons and architectural texure sheets to complete their houses.

    Kathleen Lowery

    May 8, 2011

  4. Patty,
    I do a similar lesson, but we color using colored pencils and architectural texture tiles. The students get instant brinks, stone, flagstone, shingles, etc. The neat textures also inspire them to finish coloring neatly right to the edges. And… they color harder so the texture shows up. :o)


    February 23, 2012

    • I’ve always wanted to try the texture boards! This would be a perfect time to try. Thanks for the great tip. Next art supply order, I’ll purchase some.


      February 23, 2012

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  6. Fabulous. I do a similar activity with Howard Arkley as my focus artist. I use fluorescent paints, watercolours and permanent markers. Thanks for sharing.


    July 10, 2016

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