Acrylic Painting for Kids and Beginners: How to Paint a Castle | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Acrylic Painting for Kids and Beginners: How to Paint a Castle

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Paint the Background

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Castle

    • 4. Step 3: Add Detail to the Painting

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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 Castle Acrylic 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 three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint the Background
  • Step 2: Paint Castle
  • Step 3: Add Detail to Painting

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 Castle Acrylic 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. Today we will be creating this really cool castle painting. We're going to create this castle painting with acrylic paints, so I wanted to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper. I used a thick acrylic paper that works really well, but if you don't have specifically an acrylic paper, you can certainly use just any thick paper. Just make sure it's thick and it will hold your paint well. You will also need some paint. You will need the colors black and white for the sky, the stormy sky and then any colors of your choosing any three colors. I chose thes three colors, but you could choose any colors that you like. I would stick with darker colors because it will show up that the painting will show up a little bit better against the background. This type of paint right here is an acrylic paint. They also suck. Sometimes come in. Ah, bottle that looks like this. I use both for this particular project I used this type. All right, But if you don't have this type, that's okay. Just use whatever type of of acrylic painting that you do have. You will also need a piece of cardboard. Ah, small piece of cardboard. I got this one off of a shipping box. You will also need a paper plate so that you can pour your paints onto You will need a marker. It does not have to be permanent. Ah, black marker, I feel works the best. But you can really choose any color you like. This is for the detail work. You will need a paintbrush. This paint brush is used for the background sky. You will need some scissors to cut your cardboard wit. You will need a paper towel for cleanups. And the last thing that you'll need is a mat to go underneath your artwork in your work area. So it keeps your area and nice and clean. Alrighty. I am excited about this project and let's get started 2. Step 1: Paint the Background: all right, A friend. So the first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to make a decision on the colors that I'd like to use for my castle. So I have decided to use a light purple, a green and a blue and white. So those are gonna be the colors for my castle. For my sky in the background, I'm going to use white and black, a tiny bit of black. So what we're going to do first is we are going to put ah, a coat of white paint with a little bit of black for the clouds, Storm clouds. And we're going to pretty much cover the whole entire piece of paper with the white, and that's going to be our beast coat. And then we'll bring in a little bit of black after we're finished painting the white, and we're only going to use like I said before a tiny bit of black and I'll show you what I mean. So let's start out with the white. I'm just going to put a small amount on my palette, and then I'm going to cover my whole entire piece of paper with the white and notice. I'm not being super careful about it. I'm just kind of going every which way. And I'm working very, very quickly. And the reason why I'm working quickly is because I want the paint to be wet when I apply the black paint for the clouds. So I'm just doing this quickly. I'm not smoothing it out because I'd like a little bit of texture on this piece of artwork . A little bit of depth, so I'm almost finished. Thank you for sticking with me. I might have just enough white. I like to pop pour out small amounts of paint. I can always add more paint later because I don't like to waste paint. Okay, Perfect. Now what I'm going to dio is I'm going to pour out a little bit more white onto my palate, and then I'm going to pour out even a smaller amount of black onto my palate right next to it. Tiny, tiny amount. Look at that. That's so tiny. Now what I'm going to dio is I'm going to take a glob of my white. I'm going to load my brush up pretty well and then I'm going to take just a tiny dot of black. Look at how small that IHS. Because I want these to be storm clouds. I want them to be a little bit see through a little bit transparent. I don't want them to be completely black, so I'm going to test this out. That's pretty dark. That's getting better. I'm just dabbing it so I could make sure I get the right color that I want. And then I'm just going to go like this. You know how clouds are nice and fluffy, just creating some clouds up in the sky and they're super light and they're super fluffy. And so I'm going to just decide what I think Looks the best on my paper. Keep in mind, you'll want to keep these super duper light. Okay? You feel like they're getting to black. Getting too dark. You'll need to add a little bit more white. No, I'm not going to go all the way down my paper because my castle is going to be covering part of it. Okay, Just put clouds where you'd like some people like to just put one cloud. It's totally up to you. All right. I think I'm happy with that help you concede those clouds. So, pig, because they're pretty light. Now, the next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to wait for my painting to dry for about five minutes. It doesn't have to be completely dry. I just want to have it drive just a little bit for us to start the next step. So I'll see you back here in about five minutes. 3. Step 2: Paint the Castle: already friends. I'm back and my painting is almost dry. It's not completely dry. That's okay. I waited about five minutes, and so the next step is we're going to take our piece of cardboard and we're going to cut a strict off of our cardboard. And this strip is going to be approximately about an inch and 1/2 or about 3.5 centimeters . Why? And it doesn't have to be perfect because we're going to be using it to paint. All right, The next thing that we're going to dio is we're going to put the pains that we have chosen onto our palette. So I chose a purple. Oh, that's pretty. I chose a white. I chose a green and I chose a blue. So I put those all onto my palate. We don't now what we're going to dio is we're going to take our piece of cardboard that we just cut and we're going to paint with it. Let me show you what I mean. So we're going to take our palate, and we're going to decide what colors we would like to dip our cardboard into. So I think the 1st 2 colors. I'm going to dip my cardboard into our this green in this blue. So what I dio is I just take my cardboard and I kind of push it around a little bit so it gets completely on the side. I hope you can see that. And then I'm going to dip it into the blue. And you might be thinking, Well, you're mixing up the colors. Well, that's okay for this particular project, right? So I have two different color paints loaded on to my piece of cardboard that I'm going to be painting with. I have green and I have blue, so I'm going to start at the bottom and I'm going to pull my paint up. I'm going to press down and pull up and you'll have to kind of experiment a little bit to see what you like to do the best. In fact, if you want to get ah, piece of scratch paper and you'd like to just practice a little bit before you start on that that would be a good idea as well. But I'm just going to go for it, and I am going to take my paints and I'm going to place my paint in my mike. He's a carport at the bottom of my piece of paper, and I'm going to push down and pull up like that. Now notice there's a lot of paint down at the bottom and not as much up at the top. I'd like to fill in the top a little bit more. This is a normal thing. That happens because the paint kind of gets off of the this piece of paper, this piece of cardboard before it can get up to the top. So the pain, it's just like a paintbrush. As you paint with a paint brush, you will lose the paint as you move around and you have to read IP. Okay, so now I'm going to dip down just like that, okay? And it's not going to be perfectly painted like you would get with a paintbrush. And that is actually the point. We wanted to look a little bit medieval and crackly. Okay, so let me try that again. So I have my green and my blue, and this time I'm going to add a little bit of white. Okay? Barely see it on there. But it is on there, and I'm going to start at the bottom, and I'm going to pull up this one. This part of the castle is not going to be as long as this one, all right? And I'm going to go like that because I wanted to be a little bit there to be a little bit more pain at the top. How does that look? Now I'm going to dip into the purple and into the white and notice my colors are starting to get all mixed up together. But that's OK, because it will make the painting more interesting. And that's what we're after. Okay, so we start at the bottom, go up. This is going to be super tall. Going to bring it down a little bit. So purple on the white, that all right? And do you notice that there's not only purple and white on here? There's also a little bit of blue and green, and that's what makes it really cool. All right, so let's go again. I'm going to go this way. Actually, I think I'm going to leave a little bit of space here, okay? I'm tall one here, and I'm just kind of dipping in the different pieces of, uh, different colors of paint. Notice I went down on that one first. You could do that as well. I usually start at the bottom and go up. When it's up to you. It's basically like you're painting with a piece of cardboard. All right, Now you notice this area right here. I want it to look like this part of the castle is going to be in front of the others, so I'm going to make this one a little bit darker. I'm just going to go like this down from the top, and then I'm going to do the same here. Wow, that's pretty cool already. Once I feel like I'm finished with my castle, The painting part. At least I am going to let this dry, and it's actually going to have to dry completely this time. And the reason why is because we are going to be adding some marker to this and for for the marker to work properly, that painting has to be completely dry. All right. So I'm going to step away for about 1/2 a Knauer to 45 minutes and then when I come back. I will show you how we can add some detail to our castle painting seeing a little bit. 4. Step 3: Add Detail to the Painting: all right, friends, I'm back and my painting is dry. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to add some detail to my Beatty, and I'm going to add detail. That includes bridges that includes windows that includes blocks that includes maybe even Ah, couple of flags. We'll see. I'm just going to kind of go with it. So I'm thinking about all of the things that I normally see with the castle, and I'm just putting those under my mind, and I'm going to bring them out onto my piece of paper. So I'm going to use a black marker for this. This is a Sharpie marker. It's a permanent marker. You do not have to use a permanent marker. Ah, but I like to use it because it shows up really well. And it's just my favorite marker to you. So if you have one of these, please feel free to use it. So I'm going to use this Sharpie marker. Sometimes people like a little bit of a thinner line, so just whatever you have you can use, So I'm going to just start by looking at my painting and then deciding the types of little details that I'd like to add. So for one, I'd maybe like to add some windows. So I'm I'm using on upside down you and I'm putting some bars on those windows. So I'm not going to put him on every single building. But I'd like to put a few windows on a few of my parts to my castle, Maybe one over here. So that's one thing that you could put on your castle. Another thing is you can put a roof on your castle so you can use triangular roof Lipsey and color it in. We're not going to take a lot of time coloring this in. What I would normally do is I would colored in pretty solid, but just for this lesson, I'm just going to color it in like that. And then I made a little bit of a boo boo right here. So I think I'm going to turn that into something. I'm going to turn it into a bridge, so watch what I dio. I go from here to here, and then I make the bottom part a little bit thicker. This is the part where the people walk across it so I want to color that in. And then I make some lines like this, and then the top part, just like that. So that the bridge from this tower to this tower. Now I think on here, maybe I'll do a dome and I'll color that in a little bit later. And then maybe here on this tall one, maybe I'd like to make the top of a castle like this. Hmm. That's a good idea. And then what I would do is color that in a swell. But I'm not going to take the time to do that right now because I want to continue teaching you. And then let's see, how about another roof right here And on this one, I think I'm going to put a flag so straight line up maybe a ball at the top and then on sideways be and then you concolor those in as well. And then on this one, maybe we'll put another castle topping on their. So just go ahead and you can pretty much do whatever you'd like to dio make bridges. You could also make vines. So if you want to start at the bottom, come up with a line and then put some leaves on it. Because I know that sometimes castles have blinds on them. You can put more windows self. You see one of your towers that you'd like to put some square windows on and in color, those in black so they really stand out. The nice thing about using black as it really stands out so you can go ahead and do that. If you'd like to put across at the top of one of your reus, that would be OK as well. It's really, really up to you. I knew a lot of times that castles have lag. So I think I'm going to put another flag here, and I just want to make sure that I get a roof on the top of each one. So each one of my towers going on here and then maybe one over here, and I'm going to color those in black and just a little bit. Maybe I'll make a bridge from this tower to this tower. So again I make a line and then another line, and I color those in and then I make some vertical lines going up and down this way. So it's a bridge connecting this tower to this tower. And then you could even make if you wanted to a really long bridge going across here. And then I'll just add some detail. What I'm going to do is speed up this video. So you could either watch me finish up my drawings like detail. Or you can get started yourself. It's up to you. If you'd like to put a a door down here, maybe like a large door where people would come in, maybe put some bars on it. I hope you can see this in the video. That would be a good idea as well. Okay, so I'm gonna speed this up, and you can even watch me. Or you can get started on your own piece of artwork. See, in a minute already . Friends, I'm back, and I'm really happy with the way that my castle turned out. Your castle is going to look different from mine, and that's actually a really good thing. We want your castle toe look like your castle. So if you chose different colors than I did, that's fine. If you choose different markers than me, that's fine. if you choose to do different things on yours, that's fine as well. Our workers really cool because you get to do what you want. So I hope that you had fun learning along with this lesson and I'll see you next time.