Acrylic Painting Project for Beginners and Kids: Draw & Paint Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Acrylic Painting Project for Beginners and Kids: Draw & Paint Jack from Nightmare Before Christmas

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Paint the Background

    • 3. Step 2: Draw the Design

    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Design

    • 5. Step 4: Add Details

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About This Class

Are you searching for a fun and unique painting project for your child? 

Are you looking for an art project that will ensure artistic success and confidence?

Are you seeking an experienced art teacher to guide your child into the wonderful world of acrylic painting?

This Nightmare Before Christmas Painting Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 8-12 years old. By following along with me, step-by-step, your child will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are four steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint the Background
  • Step 2: Draw the Design
  • Step 3: Paint the Design
  • Step 4: Add Details

The process used to teach this project is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight your child into painting action! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the desired outcome.

Students will learn basic acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Nightmare Before Christmas Painting Project is designed to give children the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

Supplies and materials needed for this project:

Let the creative fun begin!

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Em Winn

Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist


Hi. My name is Em Winn and teaching art to children is what I love to do! I pride myself on creating dynamic, meaningful, and engaging art lessons that are taught in a relaxing and joyful way. I have over 20 years teaching experience in the elementary classroom and in the art studio, and I feel that I have a good grasp on how to create a learning environment that makes children feel happy, motivated, confident, and successful. Let the creative fun begin!

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1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project: Hey, friends. How are you? I hope you're having a great day today. I'm excited about sharing this next project with you. This is a project that we will paint with acrylic paints. And it is Jack's Killington from the nightmare before Christmas. So I'd like to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project so that you could gather everything together and be ready to go. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper. I'm using an acrylic paper here, but you don't need an acrylic paper. You could just have any thick paper. Anything paper will dio. So you'll need paper. You will also need paint. You will need three different colors of paint. We have white, we have yellow and we have black. Now, this is the paint that I'm using for this project. But you can also use the type of paints that are in these little containers. The's a little bottles. So it's up to you, whatever you have around. All right. The next thing that we will need is a template. So I like to use this bowl. We need just something to trace around so we get a nice round moon. So if you have a piece of paper that's a circle or you have a lid or a bull or a cup or something, that would be perfect. You will also need some clean water and a variety of different paintbrushes. So I have here some paintbrushes that are different sizes. Let me show you. I have a large paint brush, a large flat in a medium flat and a very, very tiny flat. And then I have a watercolor brush here as well. I didn't use this one for this project, but you might want to use it, so you will need a small one in. The reason why you need a small brush is because there's some detail work here. When we actually make the silhouette of Jack, you will need this smaller brush, okay, and then you will also need a handy dandy paper towel for spills and cleanups and a pencil with an eraser. Also, you'll need a map to go underneath your artwork to make sure that you do not get acrylic paint on your workspace. Acrylic paint is such a great thing to paint with, but it does stain. It will stain your clothing or your rug or your furniture, so you need to make sure that you keep your area free from paint. If it gets on your skin, that's okay, because it will wash off your skin already. I'm really excited about sharing this lesson, and I'll see in the next video. 2. Step 1: Paint the Background: already friends. So let's get started. We're going to start by squirting a little bit of our yellow acrylic paint onto our palate . And if you don't have this type of paint in the tubes, then you can use the kind in the little bottles. That's fine. So we're going to cover our entire piece of paper with some yellow acrylic paint. Make sure that your paintbrush is super dry. You're not going to be using water on this project, so make sure that you kind of push your pain around and then just start painting. I start at the top, and I'm not going to be super careful about it. It's OK if it's not super smooth, and we're just going to start at the top and work our way down. Given a little texture. Texture is important in paintings, so I just moved down. I pulled my paint down, I pushing around, and this part should not take that long. Almost finished. I think I might need a little bit more. We'll see. I think we're gonna need a little bit more. I like to put just a little bit of paint out on my palette at a time That way we're not being wasteful with that. Alrighty. Thanks for being patient with me. What we're going to do now is we're going to allow this to dry. We would like it to be nice and dry so we can start on our next step, so I'll see you back in just a minute. 3. Step 2: Draw the Design: all righty friends, I'm back and my painting is completely dry. It's important that your painting be dry as well before we start our next step. So the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to create our moon, and what you need to do is you need to look around and you need to find a template that you can use whether it be a piece of paper that's round a paper plate or a bowl like this or the lid to something might be your template. It just makes it easier to make a nice round move. So what we're going to do once you find your template, put it in the middle of your paper and then move it over a little bit to the right, Okay. And then you're going to take your pencil and you're going to trace around this bowl or this template that you have. What I'm going to dio is I'm going to trace around this template with a marker, and the reason why I'm using a marker is because I want to make sure that you can see what I am doing. So I'm going to take my marker, and I'm going to carefully make a circle around my template just like that. Live that up and I will have a nice round circle. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to make the mountain that Jack stands on. So what I'm going to do is a goal about 2/3 down my piece of paper or 1/3 up. And I'm going to make a curved line that looks like this, and it's going to end in a swirl like that. So curve and swirl. All right, so the next thing that we're going to dio is we are going to go to the inside of our swirl the inside, not the outside. If you go to the outside, then here mountain is going to be upside down. But if you go to the inside, it will turn out the right way, and we're going to go very slowly and very carefully along edge. And then we're going to come out and down with a big old curved line. Okay, So curved line turned into a swirl. Go to the inside of this world, Follow along, come out and curved down. All right. There's our Mountain now to create Jack. He's going to be standing on the mountain, and we want to make sure that his whole body stays inside this mood. Okay, so if it goes out of the moon and you won't be able to see him, so we're going to keep him inside of this moon area, and we have to remember that he's super thin. Okay, he's very skinny, and what we're also going to remember is that he's a silhouette, so he's not going to have any detail on him because he's we're looking at him from the other side of the moon, and he's going to be against the moon, so we're not going to be able to see any features, any details of his face or his clothing or anything. So to make Jack, you make a circle and that's going to be his head. And then we're going to make his neck, which are just two lines. And then his collar comes out like this, curved lines out and curved lines in, and then same on the other side, curved lines out in curved lines in until they touch and remember, his body is super super skinny So let's just go straight line, straight line, and then his legs are skinny as well. So you can have his legs go any which way. I think I'm just going to have him come down like this. And then maybe this one will just go straight like that now, with his arms. Um, you could have one going like this. Like he's putting his hand on his hip, and then the other one could maybe be up in the air like this. Don't forget his fingers. Oh, I need to put his little coat tails too. Those air coming out of the back side. Okay, so there's our Jack. Here's our mountain. Here's our moon. And here is the rest of the sky. All right, So the the next thing that we're going to do is what You're going to start painting the sky Jack in the mountain, and we're going to do that with black paint. All right, I'll see you back here in a minute. 4. Step 3: Paint the Design: already friends. I'm back. So what I did is I put a tiny bit of black acrylic paint onto my palate and what I'm going to do first is I am going to paint in our Jack, and I'm going to do this with a very, very tiny paintbrush. Look at how tiny that is. Can you see how tiny that, IHS? It's super super duper small. So I'm going to take my time and I'm going to paint in my jack scaling tonight using very, very careful brushstrokes. So I do my best job. So I want to start with him because I want to make sure that my hand doesn't go over him and smear everywhere. So I want to take my time again, and I'm just going to go very, very carefully very carefully. Just do the best that I can been a speed of this video. I'll be back in just a second already. Friends, I'm back. So I'm really happy with the way that this turned out. It was kind of tricky because this space that I had to paint inside of was very, very small, But I'm happy the way that it turned out Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to also use my very small paintbrush to fill in this area of the mountain where he is standing. And the reason why is because it is so small. And if I use a regular size brush like the size or if I use this size, it would be way too big and it would be a struggle for me to keep in those lines. So I'm going to do that right now. And then I am going to speed up the video so you could watch me already. Friends I back. So I did this area right here. That was kind of a tight area for me to paint. And I feel really good about this now because I can relax a little bit and just kind of go with the flow and make sure that I get all my other painting finished. And I'm just going to use a regular sized brush, probably about a medium sized this big. Yeah, I'm going to finish the rest of the mountain and the rest of the sky, and what I'm going to do isn't going to speed up this video. So you can either watch me or you can get started on your own. Jack's Killington, our work. Basically, I'm just going to paint all of this black, and then I'm going to paint all of this black as well. When I get to this part right here, I might switch to my really, really big brush. This one right here. That might be a smart thing for me to do. I haven't decided yet, so I'm just going to start painting. And like I said, you're welcome to watch me, or you can get started on your own. This shouldn't take me very long. Right? See, in a minute already. Friends? What do you think? I think he looks really, really cool. So what we're going to do is one more step. We need to let this painting dry a little bit first before we do that. So I'm going to love a driver. Maybe 10 minutes or so. Doesn't have to be completely dry, but I'm going to let it dry for about 10 minutes and I'll be right back to show you the last step 5. Step 4: Add Details: hi friends. I'm back. So I'm really happy with the way that this painting has turned out and it's mostly dry. It looks a little bit wet, but it's mostly dry and it's a little bit glossy. That's why it looks super wet. So what we're gonna do is we're going to put a little bit of highlight on just the mountain . And the reason why is because right here you can see where you you can't see the differentiation between the mountain in the sky. That means you can't tell which begins wear. So what I want to do is I want to take my white and I'm just going to put a small little dot of white or into my palate, and I'm going to take my medium size brush, and I am going to get the smallest amount of white paint on my brush possible. All right, so I put it into I put my papers into the paint, but I'm wiping most of it off. Okay, that's how little I want in. What I'm going to do is I'm just going to lightly go along lightly. Go along the top part right here, see that you could barely see it. I'm not even sure if that's going to show up on the video. It's super super Super light White. Okay? And then I'm going to do the same thing down here, right here. And this will show where the mountain begins and where the sky ends. All right, just like that. So that's what we're going to make sure that we we do on our mountain. Just a tiny bit, tiny bit of white. If you want to even go further down your mountain, that would be fine as well. Put a little bit of white down here. It also shows that the moon is kind of shiny, different places on the mountain already. And then that's it. I hope that you enjoyed this project. I really enjoyed teaching it to you and I'll see you next time. By