Art Lesson for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint Ocean Creatures | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art Lesson for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint Ocean Creatures

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

      1:31
    • 2. Step 1: Draw an Ocean Design

      10:43
    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Background

      2:35
    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Design

      2:16
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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

Are you seeking an art project that will help to instill creative confidence in your child?

This Ocean Creatures drawing and watercolor painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6+.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw Ocean Creatures
  • Step 2: Paint the Background
  • Step 3: Paint the Design

The teaching process used for the drawing portion of the project is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will 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.

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Em Winn

Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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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 to This Project and Supplies You Will Need: Hi friends, how are you? I hope you're having a really great day today. I'm excited about sharing this lesson with you. This is a drawing and watercolor painting lesson that I designed, especially for kids. You do not need to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project. Today we are going to be creating this underwater scene with some critters. And I'm excited about teaching you this lesson. Let's 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 watercolor paper. You will need some watercolor paints. You will need some clean water in a bowl or a cup and a paintbrush. I use a paintbrush about this size, but you can use whatever you have available to you. You will need a permanent marker. Permanent means it's a marker with the ink that doesn't spread around when you add water to it. So make sure that your marker is permanent. And you will also need a paper towel just in case you need to clean something up. So go ahead and gather those supplies and materials, and I'll see you back here in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw an Ocean Design: In this step, we are going to create a fun ocean scene. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is pick up our marker and put the cap on the back so it doesn't get lost. And at the very tippy top of your piece of paper, we're going to make some small waves and they're going to go from one side of our paper on our left, all the way over to the right. And it's easy to make these types of waves. You just go up with a curved line and then come down. And then come down. Make sure that they're all hooked together. Now that we have our waves, Let's talk about our composition where we are going to place our ocean creatures. So we're going to be drawing three ocean creatures and you get to place these creatures wherever you want to on your piece of paper. Make sure that you have enough room for your creatures. All of them, some of them might be smaller than mine, or some of them might be bigger. It's completely up to you as to how large or small you'd like to draw them. So we're going to have an octopus, we're going to have a puffer fish. We're going to have a jellyfish. So I am going to choose to put my octopus right here. That's going to be in the middle of my piece of paper. You might choose to put your octopus over here or over here. It's up to you. So let's get started drawing our octopus. So what we're going to do first is we're going to make his body, and that's going to be kinda like an upside down letters C. And I want to make it big enough that I can really see him if I'm looking at him from across the room. So I have an upside-down letter C. Now I know that an octopus has eight legs. So from this space right here, I'm going to make eight legs. And this is more of a cartoony octopus. So he's not going to look really realistic. But we can still have a lot of fun with them, right? So let's make eight legs. I'm going to come out and then I'm going to come back in with a pretty thin leg. And we're going to come out and I'm going to come in. That's like the number two. We're going to come out and come back in. That's like number three. Number four. Like number five. Number 61234567. I have one more. Come back in and close up. Alright. So they might not be exactly the same size and that's okay because when you look at an octopus, you can see that their legs might look a little bit wider or a little bit more narrow than the other ones, depending on your perspective in looking at the octopus. Now let's go back up to the top here and let's make some eyes. I like to make my octopus eyes kinda look like this. So I'm going to make ovals. If you can think of a different way that you'd like to make your octopus eyes. Go ahead and do that. Now I'm going to make some circles inside of the ovals. And I think I'm even going to make a pupil that goes this way like this. I want to leave a little bit of white there. So the, I stands out a little bit. I think I'm going to add just a tiny little smile like that, just a tiny one. And then I'm also going to add a little bit of detail here, some stripes on the top of his head. So if you'd like to do that, you can do that as well. It's up to you. So now I've started putting the little suckers on the arms of my octopus. And on each arm I'm putting many, many little suckers on there. And those are just small circles. You can go slowly and carefully so you do your best work. It might be a tight fit. It might be a little bit snug getting all these little circles in there, but you can do it. Right? You go home, look at how cute he is. All right, so now I have my octopus. I think the next thing that I'm going to make is my puffer fish. So I'm going to make my puffer fish over here on this side. You can make your puffer fish wherever you like. Let's get started on our puffer fish. So for our puffer fish, we're going to start out with a circle, is not going to be too tiny. He's going to be pretty big. Start out with a circle, and then we're going to make some little ellipse. And then we're going to make some thins. So line up, over and down. Then on the side. Just a series of lines. You can make any shape that you'd like. One on the bottom, on the back, and then on the top of the back. And then let's make a little tail here. Slanted lines, slanted line, and a line connecting those slanted lines. And then we can add a little bit of detail to these little fins and a tail. And then let's add an I. They have kind of big eyes for their bodies. There we go. Now, the thing that makes puffer fish really stand out, this is spikes. So let's make some spikes. Spine. And I like to make my spines all over and I wanna make sure that they're really straight. But they can go every which way. I'm not going to put any right here because I want that area to be clear. Maybe I'll put one more right there. All right. There's my puffer fish. Now the last thing that I'm going to make over here on this side where I have a little bit of room left, I'm going to make a jellyfish. So I'm going to put my jellyfish more at the top of my piece of paper. Because I know from my own experience being in the ocean, I've seen jellyfish and they like to hang out on the top. You'd like to float on the top, although they like to go underneath the water as well, they like to submerge. So I'm going to make an upside down U and then attach to that you, I'm just going to make the series of curved lines that are attached to each other. And then I am going to make some tentacles coming down. And then I'm going to double those up. So I'm just coming down with curved lines. And then at the bottom I'm creating a swirl. And then I'm kinda doubling that up. Just creates a little bit more interest. So some of the tentacles are long and some are a little bit shorter. It's up to you how many you want to make, or how long and how short it is completely up to you. And do one more right here. Now, Jellyfish, I think I'm going to make one worry here. Jellyfish that I have seen, don't have eyes. But I think because this is a cartoony type or at work, maybe we can put some eyes only if you want to. I think I'm going to choose to put some eyes because I think it looks cute. Maybe even a little smile. All right, now that we have, our three critters are three creatures. Now we can add some details so we can go down to the bottom and we can add some seaweed. So we just come up with some curved lines not to stray and then come right up from the bottom. So it looks like seaweed is peaking up from the bottom. So any place that you see, a spot where you'd like to add some seaweed. Go ahead and do that. All righty. Now that we have our critters are ocean critters are creatures, and we have our seaweed and we have our waves above. We're going to take a look at our artwork and see if there's anything else that we'd like to add. I think that I would add a few more fish, just some very simple fish that are kinda swimming around just to fill up the spaces that don't have anything. So if you'd like to do something like this, go ahead and take some time to do that. And we are going to be coming back in. We're going to be painting next thing you'll want to make sure that you get this part done first if there are any spaces that you'd like to fill up already, friends, I'm finished with my drawing portion of my artwork. And the next step is going to be to apply some paint. So I'll see you in the next video. 3. Step 2: Paint the Background: In this step, we are going to apply some watercolor paint to our artwork. And the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to put a one or two drops of water into each pan of paint. And what that will do is it will soften up our paints a little bit. It will dissolve our paints a little bit so that it is easier for us to use. So I wanted to take a moment to do that. Now with our paint is softening up a bit. Let's turn our attention to our artwork. So we're going to be painting our artwork under the ocean scene. And you get to paint it any way that you'd like. I'm going to paint my ocean blue. My sky may be a different shade of blue. And I'm going to paint the seaweeds green. And then I haven't decided quite on my critters, my ocean creditors. So I think I'm going to paint my background first. And then after I paint my background, then I will turn my attention to my ocean critters. So let's do that first. Let's paint our backgrounds first. And then after that's finished, we will paint the other parts of our design. So I'm just going to choose a couple of different colors. Maybe for the sky, I'll choose a lighter blue. And then for the ocean, I will choose a different shade of blue, a darker color, blue. So I'm going to go ahead and paint my background and you can watch me. I'll speed up the video and I'll see you back here in just a minute. All right, friends, I'm finished painting the background and my next step is going to be painting the details and our ocean creatures. So I'll see you back here in the next video. 4. Step 3: Paint the Design: In den step, we are going to paint our details and our ocean creatures. So think about the colors that you'd like to use. I'm going to use colors that will really pop out from the blue. So I think I'm going to use green down here for this seaweed. And I'm going to use the warm colors which are the orange, yellow, red, maybe even paint on my actual creatures. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. And I'm going to start with my yellow because that is the lightest color and I'm going to paint my puffer fish, this yellow color. It looks like it has a little bit of green in it. Maybe that's from the water. That's a good color though for my puffer fish. So I'm going to go ahead and paint and you can watch me if you'd like. And I'll be back here in just a minute. All right, friends, I've finished painting and I really like the way that my artwork turned out. There's one spot right here that I'd like to take off a little bit of the paint. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to hover my paper towel over this cute little octopus and touch gently and that will bring up a little bit of the paint. I had to do the same thing over here when the red started bleeding into the yellow, greenish yellow. So I hope that you enjoyed this lesson. I'll see you next time.