Art Lesson for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Garden Cat Step-by-Step | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art Lesson for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Garden Cat Step-by-Step

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Garden Cat Watercolor Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Drawing a Garden Cat

    • 3. Step 2: Painting a Garden Cat

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About This Class

Are you looking for a beginning art project for your child?

The Garden Cat Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6-10 years old.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing the Garden Cat
  • Step 2: Painting the Garden Cat

The teaching process used for the drawing portion of the project is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight your child into drawing action! This process involves organizing shapes and lines together until a recognizable outcome is achieved.

After students complete the drawing portion of their project, they will move onto painting the project. Students will learn basic watercolor techniques and apply these techniques to complete their project. This project is designed to give young children the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

Supplies and materials needed for this project:

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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. Garden Cat Watercolor Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you today? I hope you're having a good day. We're going to create something special today. It's going to be Ah, cat in a garden. Yes, a garden cat. Before we begin with our lesson, I'd like to show you the supplies and the materials. You will need to be successful in this lesson so you can go ahead and grab those materials . So you're all set to go. The first thing that you will need is paper. I have a heavy paper here. This is actually a watercolor paper. If you have that around the house, that would be perfect. The next thing I have are some watercolor paints. I have a paint brush minus kind of big. If you don't have a brush this big, that's a okay. I also have a Sharpie marker, and you have to make sure that it's a permanent marker. Whichever marker you choose, because we don't want it to sneer and run when we have water on it. We also have a little bowl of clean water to depart paint Russian and we have some paper towels. So these are the supplies that you will be needing to get started. I'm going to put most of these supplies aside for right now because we're going to just be focusing on the drawing part of our guarding cat lesson. So let's get started with that part. 2. Step 1: Drawing a Garden Cat: what you're going to do is go up almost to the top of the page, but not quite. And you're going to make a very wide upside down. You kind of like a curb line. Then we are going to take our marker and we're going to make a very deep you just like this . We're going to go back up to the top and we're going to make a curved line starting at the corner and another curve line starting at the corner of this side. Then we're going to close up those curve lines with more curved lines. Those air going to be our garden cat's ears inside these ears. We're going to have smaller curve lines just like that. Now we're going to go to the face of our garden cat, and my garden cat is going to be sniffing the flowers. He's going to be smelling a flower, so I want his eyes to be closed and let me show you how you make closed eyes. You'll have just a curved line and a curved line like this, and I like to put eyelashes on my cat who's sniffing the flower. So if you'd like to do that. That is a great idea as well. If you like to make your eyes open, that is fine as well. Let's go down here to his nose and we're going to make a small triangle nose and his mouth is just a couple of Jay's just like that. A backwards J in a forward J couple of whiskers. I normally just like to make two or three whiskers just like that. If you like to make more, though, that's fine. Now what we're going to do, we're not going to create his body right now. What we're going to do is we're going to make a bunch of flowers down here at the bottom. So the way that you do that is just just start out with circles. So I'm going to start out with maybe like, four or five large circles when here, and I might even go up here a little bit because I think I want that flowers to go up onto this side. Then I'm going to make some medium sites circles. I'm just going to fill them in wherever I think that they would look good. So is yours going to look exactly like mine. No, it's not. We actually don't even want it to look exactly like mine. You want yours? Your artwork to look like your artwork. Then if you'd like to make some tiny circles, that would be fine as well. It was going to make a couple on my page. All right, Put one were right there. Now, the next thing I'm going to do is I am going to fill in these flowers with some pedals, and I'm going to start with the smallest circles. And I am just going to make this a field of daisies. So basically, they're just loops going all the way around the circles. So I'm going to be working on that, filling them in all the way around. And I start with the smallest circles first. And I just keep working on that until I'm happy with the way that this looks all right. I'm finished with the small circles that I'm going to move on to the medium circles. Now, if you don't want your pedals to look exactly like this, you can do whatever you want. I wanted to show you something important. If you get to a spot where you are running into another flower. What you're going to do is pick up your marker, skip over that pedal and start again because you want to make sure that you don't go through it. Right. So I have another one over here. A medium size circle. Just keep following through with those pedals. You remember. We're gonna put a bunch of flowers on here. There we go. See how this flower looks like. It's behind this one now. And this is, I think, my last medium size lower. Now. I'm going to move to the large circles, so these are going to take a little bit more time because I want to make sure that I don't run into my other flowers. And if I dio, I just pick up my marker and I bring it back down behind the other pedals. It takes a little bit of time. After really looked to see where your marker is going. I can see my picture coming together already, and I'm really, really happy with it. I think it's so huge. Almost done. And if you feel like I'm going a little bit fast for you what you can dio as you can pause the video so you can catch up with me up to you whips. I don't want to run into my little guy, so I make sure that I pick up my marker and I don't just keep going right over his face. And if you go off the paper, that's fine as well. Now, what I'm going to dio is I'm going to look gonna take a step back and take a look at my picture and see if there are any other flowers that I want to put on here. If there are no more flowers than I am going to put his body in and his body is just we're not gonna be able to see a lot of his body because of all these flowers. We just want to make sure that we have a little hint of his shoulders coming down like this . And that's basically all you need to do. You don't need to do anything else because the flowers and the leaves are going to be covering the rest of hiss lower part of his body. Now, the last thing that I'm going to do is I am going to decide if I want to put a few little leaves and vines. So if I have some space, I can go like this with some kind of flowing lines, and then I can put some leaves and some vines coming all around. If you don't want to do this part, that's a Okay. So I'm just gonna put some little leaves. It's and fines wherever I think that they would look good. Maybe one right here. Shape oven s just like that. Now, since this is your artwork, you get to decide if there's anything else that you want to include on your picture before we begin painting whips. I forgot something. I forgot his tail. We need a tale for this guy. So what I think I'm gonna do is I think I'm gonna have his tail come out from here and remember, And picking my marker up said doesn't hit any of the flowers and I come back down like that . So that's his tail, right? They're So I'm glad I noticed that if you don't want to put a tail, that's fine, too. You could just have him sitting on his tailor. His tail is underneath a little bit. So for the next part of the lesson, I am going to be painting. So I will see you in just a minute. Thank you for watching by. 3. Step 2: Painting a Garden Cat: Hey, friends, I'm back. I'm glad you're back to This is the painting portion of our project. So let me show you what we're going to do. First you have your paintbrush and you have your clean water. And what we're going to do is dip our brush into our water gently. We don't. We never want to smash the brush down because it could hurt the bristles. Thes air, the bristles right here. So just gently put your brush into your water, and then we're going to wake up our paints. So what we're going to Dio is we are going to put a drop of paint. I'm sorry. A drop of water in each pan of heat And what this will do is kind of prepare the pains for when we dip them in, they'll be all ready to go. All right, So what we're going to do first is we are going to just side what color We want our cat sense. Since this is kind of a cartoon cat can be any color you want. Sometimes I like to paint my cats purple so our cats really purple in real life. Not usually, but because this is your aren't working. You get to do what you want to dio. I like purple, So I think I'm gonna paint him purple. I'm going to just have an idea about the colors that I want to use before I even start painting. So I'm going to have a purple cat, maybe a blue sky, and then I'm going to have all different color flowers, mainly, maybe oranges and reds. But I I want to have a little bit of green in there as well for around the flowers. So try to plan it out in your mind first. What you want to dio? Because it makes it a lot easier. So I'm going to take my paintbrush, dip it in the water and dip it in the purple paint. And then I'm just going to start painting just like this. I'm going to try to stay in the lines as much as I can, but if I go out, see, I went out a little bit. That's okay. The reason why it's OK is because if this is watercolor in it, it's a little bit or challenging to control. But that's actually what I love about it. You never really know what you're going to get with water color paint. So what I'm going to dio is I am going to just keep painting and painting and painting, and so are you. And I'm going to speed up this video, and the reason why I'm going to do that is because you can want. Then watch me paint very quickly and you can paint on your own as I'm painting. Or you can wait until I'm finished painting and you can then start your painting. It's totally up to you. Can you make your cat a couple of different colors? Of course. Let's say you want to use purple and read together. That would be fine. Well, let's see what happens if I do that. So if I have a little better bread here kind of adds a little bit more interest to my cat. That is totally fine. Remember, this is your project, and it's important that you do what you want to do with art. It's really cool because people get to dio what they want to do with. There are projects. It is totally up to you. That stuff really wonderful and amazing thing about art. So I'm just going to speed this up and I'll see you in a little bit. All right, friends, I'm back. And I am really happy with my garden cat. I wanted to show you a couple of things, Um, to see, you know, that this is normal for watercolor. So if you look up here, you can see that the color of the cat's ear ran into the sky. That is okay. Actually, it makes it look really, really cool. That's what watercolor does. So don't be afraid of that. That's okay. If you look down here, you will see that some of the colors blended into each other. And that's what makes Watercolor so wonderful. So remember, whatever you want to do is fine. Whatever colors you want to dio, that's fine. If this kind of thing bothers you a little bit, what you could do is take your paper towel and you can just dab it a little just like that , and it will bring some of the paint off. Maybe not all of it, but some of it I happen to like it when it kind of blends together. That really makes me excited and happy about a picture because I like it to be a little bit different in unique. I hope you enjoy this lesson. I hope you continue to enjoy my course and thank you for stopping by by.