Art Lesson for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Paint a Surfin' Koala with Watercolor Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art Lesson for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Paint a Surfin' Koala with Watercolor Paints

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Surfin' Koala Watercolor Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Drawing a Koala

    • 3. Step 2: Painting a Koala

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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced teacher instructing your child?

The Surfin' Koala 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 Koala Bear
  • Step 2: Painting the Koala Bear

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:

Let's start creating!

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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. Surfin' Koala Watercolor Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you today? I hope you're having a good day. I am excited to present this next lesson to you. We are going to be creating a cartoon koala, a surfing koala koala who serves his great getting ready to go out into the water. So, yes, Before we begin, I would like to show you the materials and supplies that you will need for this project so you can gather them first. The first thing that you'll need is some paper. I have some water color paper here. It's a thick paper that holds water color Very well. I also have some watercolor paints. I have some water here and a paintbrush. I have a marker. I like to use the Sharpie marker. It's a permanent marker. You want to make sure that you're using a marker that's permanent because we don't want the colors to run around. We don't want the marker to bleed. Lead just means it spreads around with water. We also have a paper towel just in case we need clean up. All right, so let's get started 2. Step 1: Drawing a Koala: All right, so let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to take our marker and we are going to make a dot um, on the left hand side of your paper, almost to the top. We're going to create our surfboard first, So make a dot right there and then we are going to bring that dot way down. And the way that we're going to do that is we're going to make a curved line almost to the bottom, and then we're going to go back up to our dot and do the same thing until you hit the bottom part of this curved line that is going to be our surfboard at the bottom of the surfboard. You're going to make a triangle that's the fin on the surfboard. And then you can create any design that you'd like on the surfboard. I think I'm just going to put some straight lines, some stripes on either side of the fin. I think I'm going to do that. I think that looks pretty cool. Now what we're going to do is create our koala, and our koala bear is going to be right here, and he's going to be holding the surfboard up. So let's create our koala bear. The first thing that will want to do little more than halfway up your surfboard because this is going to be a tall support as you're going to make Australia line. It's kind of actually diagonal because the the head of the koala bear is tilted a little bit and then attached to each of the sides of this line we're going to create. Ah, you mind went a little bit long, so I'm gonna make my line a little bit longer. So that's our koala bears head. Now we're going to attach some years, and they're nice and big. And look at that. That looks like a letter. See, right here and then on this one, we're going to do the same. A backward, see? Oh, it went off the page just a little following it around, and that's OK. Sometimes when you're creating art, that happens. No problem. All right, so now in the middle of this area, this is going to be his face and koalas, noses or kind of shaped like, um a noble with two dots of the bottom and his eyes are a little bit lower on his face, thanks to his nose. Just like that. Now, if you want to put a little smile on your koala because he's really excited to go surfing, you could just put a small smile just like that or any type of smile that you'd like. No problem. All right, so we're going to make the koala bear shirt. Yes, he's going to be wearing clothes. So this is a cartoon Kuala bear, and we could make him. However, we want so a straight line out from his head. I know it doesn't look like he has a neck, but that's OK. And then another straight line going out this way, we're going to bring a straight line down. This is the sleeve of his shirt, and then we're going to bring it back in just like that on this side. Now it looks like to me his hand is going off the page. No problem. We're just going to bring a lineup right like this. And then we're going to bring a straight line down straight, laying down enclosed this shirt up Now, right here, we're going to make one of his hands and arms. This one is off the page. We can't see it. That's OK, but what we're going to dio is we're going to make us straight line. Almost two. You touch the surfboard, but not quite another straight line running parallel. Uh, and so he's kind of putting his hand against the surfboard, holding it up. Now we're going to make his shorts. Yes, he's going to be wearing shorts. So a slightly diagonal line coming out from his shirt, same on this side. Straight lines across the bottom and of the that connects these two lines some little legs and feet. So this is just two lines of the that goes a little longer and closes up two lines of the closes up. Now he's he's on the sand because he's just about to go out into the water into the ocean. So we want to put some sand here, so we're going to go behind the surfboard and behind that gowalla and sand isn't perfectly straight. So we want to make sure we add a little bit of curve ege to that line. Now, did you notice how I was following along here? and I picked that marker up and I moved, and I did the same thing here. I also want to put a few dots in. This represents the sand at the beach. So I want to get a few little bits of sand going there. All right, Now, I feel like there needs to be some sort of decoration on his shirt. You could do stripes or squares or checks anything that you like. I think what I'm going to do is put kind of like a wavy line like this. Oh, that's really cute. Okay, I see a big space up here. So what I'm going to do in that area is I'm going to put a son as us, Mr Sunshine. So the way that I'm going to make my son this time is I'm going to make a circle and then all around the circle, I'm going to make lines that are maybe about an inch away from the circle. And you might be thinking, What is that? But I'll show you in just a second. So at this point, close to the circle, but not touching it, I'm going to put a dot right underneath each line. Then I'm going to connect the dots to each of the ends of the lines. And these are going to be my raise. My sun rays. No one looks a little crazy. That's okay. Okay. Who I really like what I have going on here. Now. What you could do at this point is you can take a look at your picture. And if you see that there's anything else that you would like to include. You can include it now before we start painting. If you want to turn this into a girl Koala, maybe you could put Cem girlie type stuff on the outfit. Or maybe put a bow in her hair. Maybe put some eyelashes. It's totally up to you. The next step we will do in the next video is going to be that painting portion. So I will see you shortly by 3. Step 2: Painting a Koala: Hey, friends, welcome back to this lesson. We are going to be painting are koala bear picture and yeah, let's get started. The first thing that you want to dio is you'll want to wake up your paints. Now, these pants right here they're already a week because I woke them up earlier. But what you'll need to do to prepare your paints is just put one drop of water in each pan of paint that you're going to be using. And what that will dio is it will wake up your paints and and so they're ready for you to use. So if they get dried out a little bit, you just put one drop of water in each pan. Okay, so the first thing that I'm going to do on this is I am going to decide. Um, what color that I would like this guy to be. And I think this time I'm going to have ah, Blue Sky because it is the middle of the day. So I'm going to have a blue sky, and I think that I'd like my koala to be the like a maybe like a brownish color. So brown koala, I'm just kind of planning out before I start painting that colors that I would like to use for my artwork. So I'm thinking I'm going to start out with the sky and let me tell you why. Because I want to show you a technique that you can make the sky look like. It has a little bit of clouds in it. So I wanted to show that to you first before I begin painting the whole painting and speed up my painting process. So I am going to start with this sky. Oh, wow, that's really dark. What I can do if my pain is too dark is I can add some water to it. So I'm going to add a little bit of water. Make sure I go down here because this is part of this guy as well. I want to show you something now. So do you see how the sky is a little bit darker at the top? If you want to add some clouds, you just add a little bit more water, just kind of drop it on, and that will create an area that kind of looks a little bit like clouds as soon as it dries, so you might not be able to see it right now. But as soon as it dries, it will be an area that is a little bit lighter. Here's another one right here. It might be hard to see on the video, but I can see it, and I'm hoping you can see it, too, because it's really a cool effect if you take a look at my sky. It has a lot of different shades of blue, and that's what I want. That's one of the really cool things about watercolor paints. The more water that you add, the lighter the paint gets. So I think you can probably really see it now. At least I'm hoping so. I'm just going to keep painting until I'm finished with the blue, and then I will start with another color. So I am at this point going to speed up my process. And while I am speeding up my process, you can actually watch me or you can do your own painting. It is up to you. Here I go and I'll see you in just a couple of minutes already . Friends. I am back and I am really, really happy with my painting. I think he looks so cool. I wish I could really see Ah surfing Qala in real life. I really dio Now there's a couple of things that I wanted to explain to you. As you can see, as my sky is trying, you can see the areas where I added a little bit more water That makes a neat effect. I also wanted to show you here the paint started to go into the other color. The brown paint started to go into the blue. So what I did is I just got a little bit of a paper towel and adapt it a little bit, so it kind of stopped the process. This area right here, I'm just gonna let that go now up here on the sun, I see to me that I'd like to dabble that a little bit because I want more of the yellow to show through. So I'm just going Teoh, maybe take a little bit of my paper towel and dab it. Not too much, just very gently. In that way, more of the the yellow sun can show through with just a little bit of orange. So you might have seen me mixing some paints over here too. It's okay to make colors lighter or to mix colors like I did on the sun a little bit. It just makes it your own. So whatever you feel like doing, that's what you should do. This is your artwork. Okay? I hope you enjoy this lesson. And I can't wait to start the next one with you. Take care. Bye.