Art Classes: Level II

Level II-Art Lesson 12: The Russian Fortress

Learn to Arrange an Array of Analogous Colors According to Their Color Value

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 3 through adult.


Art Lesson Description:

In the center of Moscow, Russia, is a huge fort that dates back 900 years. What began as a wooden fort meant to keep out Eastern invaders was later rebuilt with white stone. After Napoleon destroyed much of the stone fort, Russians rebuilt it again, this time with red brick. The Russian word for a large fort is kremlin. Today we know the Kremlin as the center of Russian political power, since the president’s house—along with several churches, palaces, and museums—is located within the forts walls.

Students will draw a simplified version of the Kremlin in layers, beginning with

  • the Kremlin’s walls,
  • then its palaces,
  • its president’s residence,
  • and finally it’s churches.

Each layer will be stacked on top of the preceding one.

The rest of the lesson is about making color choices. Students will

  • Learn about analogous colors and color value,
  • Create a palette of analogous watercolors, and
  • Arrange their colors according color value (darkness and lightness).
  • The movie version of the lesson invites students to add architectural details with markers or gel pens.

To finish the lesson, they will use additional analogous colors of makers to add interest and give their picture depth.

This lesson is appropriate for people in 3rd grade through adult.

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus a downloadable printout of the warmup.


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List of Art Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 sheet of 11” x 14” watercolor paper
  • 1 fine tipped black magic marker
  • 1 HB drawing pencil
  • 1 set of watercolors
  • A 1/2” flat watercolor brush or a #6 round watercolor brush.
  • 1 bottle of Elmer’s glue
  • 1 set of washable markers
  • 1 painting board (a 12” x 16” piece of masonite will work nicely)

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:





History and Architecture: Learn more about the Kremlin and its history.

Government: The Kremlin has been home to several kinds of government: monarchy, socialist, and republic. How would each form of government change the use of the Kremlin?  Learn about each type of government at



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Approximate Time to Complete the Art Class:

  • Drawing the Kremlin: 25 minutes
  • Using white glue to prepare for painting: 5 minutes for application + 1 day to let it dry
  • Using watercolors and markers to color the picture: 25 minutes


One of the Original Images
One of the Original Images
How to Draw
How to Draw
A Finished Art Lesson
A Finished Art Lesson

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