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

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Acrylic Painting for Kids and Beginners: Learn How to Paint a Dragonfly

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Dragonfly Project Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Paint Background

    • 3. Step 2: Paint Dragonfly

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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 Dragonfly 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 two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint Background
  • Step 2: Paint Dragonfly

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 Dragonfly 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. Dragonfly Project Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a good day today. I am excited about teaching this next project. This is a dragon flight. As you can see, it's nice and bright and colorful. I chose thes colors because I like them, but you get to choose whatever colors you would like to whatever colors you have available to you. So the first thing that we're going to dio on this painting is we're going to paint the background. We're going to let it dry. Then we're going to draw a dragon, fly with our pencil and then paint him in. 2. Step 1: Paint Background: So let's talk about the supplies that you will need for this project. The first thing that you need is a piece of paper. I use a an acrylic paper which holds acrylic paint. However, you can use any heavy paper that you have around the house. The next thing that you will need are a variety of paints. The paints that you definitely need is you need the white. We show you this picture again. You need the white for the wings and you need the black for the outline. Any other colors, you get Teoh to pick and choose. Okay, so I chose blue, pink, green a couple different shades of green and yellow and orange. I like to use the paints in the bottles. They are pretty inexpensive and they come in a variety of different colors. But some people like to use the tubes. Either way is fine. You will also need ah palette. I use a paper plate usually to put my paints on for easy In in quick cleanup, you will also need some paintbrushes. You will need ah, large paint brush for the back to get your paint on quickly. You will need a medium sized brush to paint the inside of the body of the dragon fly. If you don't have a medium sized brush, a smaller brush will dio. So no problem. You'll also need a brush about this size for the outline for the detail work. Okay, another thing you will need is a pencil with an eraser, because we will be drawing our image onto our background. You will need a cup or Uppal of clean water, and that's for rinsing or brushes out. And I always have a paper tell available in case I need to to blot out the water from my bra. Sure, if I have a quick cleanup, sometimes I get paint on my hands. Okay, so when I come back, we will start our paintings in a mini. Okay, friends, I'm back. We're going to start our painting. And the as I said before, the first part of this painting is the background. So in this background I've used three different colors. I've used orange, I've used pink and I use yellow. So I'm going to use a combination of those three colors to make our background, and I'm going to do it. I'm going to be painting very quickly and because I want that colors to kind of blend in with with each other. So the first thing I'm going to dio is I'm going to put a small amount of paint on my paper plate. And I like to shake up my paints because sometimes I get a little bit goopy if you don't shake them up. So I like to shake them at up, make sure that they're ready to go. Website already have that one. And here we go on her pink. I love these three colors together. I think they look really beautiful. Okay, so I'm just going to start painting that water out of the way. And as you can see, I have a black mat underneath, so I don't need to worry about paint getting on my table. You might want to think about putting sandpaper or some even some newspaper underneath. You're painting that way. You can just work without having to worry about what's under knees. So I want that pink to really stand out notice. I'm going in and up and down. I'm not going to tour like this or back and forth. I'm just going up and down. So that's what you want to to do for this particular painting. Just go up and down and you can't do this quickly. 3. Step 2: Paint Dragonfly: All right, friends. So are painting is dry. Our background is dry. Let me bring our other sample up here so I can show you what we're going to do next. We're going to pencil and the Dragonflies eyes has had his body and his wings. And so, yeah, let's get on that. So what you'll need is you'll need a pencil with an eraser. Now, the nice thing about acrylics is you can actually mark with the pencil on acrylics lightly , and you can erase if you need to. So if you make a little bit of a mistake, no problem. Ah, you can erase if you need Teoh. So we're going to start out with his eyes and we're going to make two large circles with his eyes. So I'm going to put one here and one here, so his body is going to kind of go down this way. Now I'm going to make us head next, so his eyes are going to kind of like be bulging out of his head because Dragonflies have those really large eyes. Okay, so that's his head. And then his body hooks onto his head. It's kind of like a you shaper on upside down, See? And then we're just going to make smaller sees going all the way down. I hope this pencils dark enough for you to see. So I made them smaller and smaller going down the piece of paper. Now I'm going to make some wings, and the wings are going to be kind of large, and they might go off of the paper. That's okay. We're going to attach the wings to this part of his body right here. So we're going to come out in a curve line, go offer paper, and then we're going to start at the same point and go off our paper, and then the same thing here, offer paper and offer paper. Great. Man. We're gonna want to come to this side curve line off the paper off the paper and same thing . This one's going to be a little bit longer just because of the way that the paper is. Okay. How does that look? I think it looks really great, and I am excited about starting the next step. So what we're going to do is we're going to start out with your main color for the body and mine is going to be green. Actually, it's going to be two shades of green. So if you look at this one again going to do the same thing, so I start out with a lighter color and then I add on a darker green. So I'm going to pour my shades of green out on my palette, which is my paper plate. We just need a tiny bit of this darker green. And then I'm also going to use a little bit of blue for his eyes. Whoa, that came out pretty quickly and then some white for his wings, as you can see, and then black will do at the very end so I can pour the blackout right now. All righty. So I'm going Teoh Now color in with my mid size brush some lighter green. The nice thing about acrylic paints is they cover really well. So I'm going to just go all the way down. It's like this and it gets smaller and smaller. You'll want to take your time with this. I know I'm going kind of quickly, but you want to take your time, and then I'm going to take my son away for Goddess got his head. Here we go. All right, then I'm going to take my smaller paintbrush and I'm going to go outside of just one side with my darker green. Now I'm going to dip my pain in some white in add a little bit of white as well. This is something you can do or you can choose not to. It's totally up to you. I just like the effect that it has with the paint. Puts him up here some green. So this is your your painting, and you should absolutely do exactly what you want to do with your painting. How does that look? I like it. So now I'm going to make his eyes. And if you take a look, hair. I used a lot of white with a little bit of blue or his eye. Someone a rinse my paintbrush out. You want to start with some white for his bagel eyes And then I'm going to cover with a tiny bit of blue a tiny bit of blue just like that And barely see the blue. No problems. All right now I'm going to go along my wings with my white. First, I'm going to outline my wings with my white, a little bit more white there, covering up those pencil marks. And I go right off my paper. See how I do that. And I don't even have to worry because I have a piece of black paper under me to catch all of my pain. Okay, so I at lone outlined those wings and white, and then I'm going to put some designs on the inside of the wings. I like to put curlicues. Sometimes I like to put some stripes straight lines. It's up to you as to what you'd like to put on your wings. Or you could do a combination. That's what I did on my other one. I did a combination in it. They just said swirls and some lines. The thing about it is, though you want to make sure that some of your background paper your paint comes through the page so you don't want toe totally cover. Cover it in with white. Okay, I think that that looks really good. All right, so the last thing that we're going to do is we're going to put an outline with black, so I'm rinsing out my paintbrush and dabbing it off having off the rest of the water, the excess water. And I'm not going to go very slowly and carefully and outline each little edge. I'm just going to do this quickly, so watch what I dio. I'm just going to do apart his eyes and I'm quickly going to go along hiss wings just with a quick outline. Is it a little bit more time, Jen? Love it, Okay. And then his body on the other side of his body. Okay? And hiss. Now what I do have on this one right here, I put a little bit of black here. So what I'm gonna do is I'm going to rinse because I had a lot of black on there and I'm just going to put a tiny bit really see what I'm doing. I'm wiping excess off on the plate because I just want a tiny amount of black on there. Just like that. What do you think? Did you have fun with this project? I hope you did. I had fun teaching it. Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about this project, and I'll see you next time by