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Art Project for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Koala

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

      1:12
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Koala

      7:40
    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Background

      2:16
    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Koala and the Details

      4:42
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About This Class

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

Are you searching for an art project that will ensure artistic success and confidence?

Would you like an experienced art teacher guiding your child through the creative process?

This Koala drawing and watercolor painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for first-time painters and children ages 5+. By following along with me, step-by-step, the beginner artist 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: Draw a Koala Design
  • Step 2: Paint the Design With Watercolor Paints

The process used to teach this project is a step-by-step method that will inspire and delight the beginner artist into drawing and painting action! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the outcome.

Students will learn basic drawing and watercolor painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Koala drawing and painting project is designed to give beginners the skills 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

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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 and Supplies Needed for This Project: Hi friends. I hope you're having a great day today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is our drawing and watercolor painting are cute koala project 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. I'd like to go over the supplies in 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 a paintbrush. I like to use a paintbrush about this size, but use what you have available to you. You will need a cup or a bowl of clean water. And you will need either a black oil pastel or a black crayon and a paper towel just in case you have something that you need to clean up. So go ahead and gather those supplies and materials. And I'll see you back here in the next video. 2. Step 1: Draw a Koala: In this step we are going to draw our koala. So let's get started. Please pick up your black oil pastel or your black crayon. I'm going to use my black oil pastel. And we're going to want to come a little bit down from the top of our piece of paper. Maybe about five or six inches, that would be maybe seven or eight centimeters. And we're going to make a shape that looks like this. It's kinda of a rectangle but it has more curved sides. Let me just show you. So it's a shape that has softer sides without having really sharp angles. So go ahead and make that shape in the center of your piece of paper. About five or six inches down. That's going to be the head of our koala. Now we're going to make his ears and koalas ears are pretty large. So we're going to go to this side of our shape. We're going to make just large letter C. And then on this side, a backwards large letter C. That's going to be the ear of our koala. Now let's go into the face and we're going to make a large oval knows. And koalas eyes are pretty small. So we're going to just make some small circles and they're going to be pretty wide set. If you would like to make a small smile, you can go ahead and do that down here at the bottom. Maybe I'll make a small smile right here. That looks cute, isn't it? All right, now that I have my koalas, face, and ears, what I'm going to do next is I'm going to create his body. So I'm going to come down here from the left-hand side on his chin. And I'm going to make a curved line. Let me show you what I mean. I come down. I come up just like that. So it's almost like a sideways letter U. Now that's going to be the back of my koala and then HIS bundle, an area in the back of his leg. Now, the next thing that we're going to do is we are going to make his me right here. So we start here about an inch and a half up. That would be about two centimeters. And we make an upside down U and then we close up right here. So that's going to be his knee and his little foot. Now let's move up to this space right here and we're going to make his arm. So I'm just going to make a slightly curved line right here. And then underneath that, I'm going to make another curved line and I'm going to make sure that they meet here at the tip. I'm going to put some fingers and toes. All right, so now that we have our hand here and our foot here, we're going to close up the body of our koala in just a moment. We're going to make the branches that he's sitting on first. Okay. So we're going to make this branch that supporting his body right here. So I'm going to start I would say maybe about an inch down for this part of his leg. That would be about two centimeters. And I'm just going to make a line. It's not going to be super straight because this is a branch and branches aren't super straight. So a line, you need to make sure it touches his bonbons area and then comes on up. And then here, what we're going to do is we're going to make a wide V, wide letter V, and it's going to touch the bottom of his leg. Then it's going to come up. And we're going to jump over his hand, into his fingers. And then we'll come up like this. This is going to be the other side of the tree that he's holding onto. Now we're going to come back down here in this area right here and make the bottom part of this branch. And remember, it doesn't have to be really straight because it's a branch. We want to make sure it looks kind of natural. And then that goes down like that because this is part of the tree coming down. We're going to do the same thing on the other side. So the bottom part of this branch, oh, jump over those little fingers. Jump over that little foot, and then come down. Do you see how that works? Now, what does it look like? It looks like our koala is sitting on a branch here and then holding onto this branch here. Now that we have our branches, what we can do is we can close up the body of our koala. So I'm going to make another arm here. So it's going to attach from the bottom of his chin to the branch. And so it looks like his arm, his other arm on the other side of his body is holding onto the other side of the branch. And then we're going to make his tummy. In his time, he is fairly large. You have fairly large tummies. There we go. Okay. So there's our koala and what we're going to do now, if you feel like it, you can make some leaves. So koalas like to eat eucalyptus leaves. And so I'm going to make some eucalyptus leaves. There are different shapes of eucalyptus leaves, but I'm just going to make them pretty long, the long type of a leaf on a eucalyptus tree. And I'm not going to put too many on the branches because that's just my choice. But if you want to put a bunch on the actual branches, you can do that. I think I am going to do though is I'm going to put some down at the bottom and maybe even a few at the top. So I'm not sure if you can see this on the video, but I'm just going to make some leaves coming out from the sides. And the reason why I'm doing this is because I feel like it will create more interest in my artwork and that's what I'm looking for. So I'm just going to make some long eucalyptus leaves. And if you'd like to make a different shape of a leaf, you can go ahead and do that. It's completely up to you. This is your artwork. See you get to do what you want. All right, I'm really happy with my drawing and I think that I'm finished. So if you see a space that you'd like to fill up with a leaf or something else. Go ahead and do that now before we start painting. And when we come back in the next video, we will be applying paint to our drawing. 3. Step 2: Paint the Background: In this step, we are going to apply some color to our background sky. So think about the color that you would like to use for your sky in the background. And that's what we're going to be doing first before we apply paint to our Koala or leaves or our branches. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to prepare our paints. And the way that we prepare our paints is we put one or two drops of water inside each pan of paint. And what that does is it softens up and it dissolves or paint a little bit. So it makes it much, much easier to use. So you just do that in it's quick thing to do. That will make you feel really, really successful. Okay? So I'm going to start at the top and I'm going to work my way down and I'm going to try to stay inside my line so I don't get blue on my leaves or on my koala. I'm going to speed up this video. See you can watch me, it'll be really quick. And then when we come back, we will add paint to other parts of our drawing. All ready friends, I'm finished with painting the background. And in our next step we are going to be painting our leaves and our branches and our koala. So I'll see you back here in the next video. 4. Step 3: Paint the Koala and the Details: In this step, I am going to finish painting my koala design. I'm going to start out by painting my leaves, then my branches. And then last, I'm going to paint my koala. The reason why I'm going to paint my koala last is because I'm going to be painting him a grayish color and I'm going to be using black paint for that. So I'm going to show you how to mix black and a little bit of water into gray. So I will be doing that last. So I'm going to get started on my leaves and I'm going to paint them this shade of green. And I'm just going to take my time so I can do my best work. And I'm going to speed up this video so that you can watch me a needle go very, very quickly. Already friends. So now I'm going to paint my koala gray. And I wanted to show you how to make gray paint with just a little bit of black. So I'm going to put a little bit of black into my well and I'm going to mix it with a little bit of water. So more water than paint, actually, because I want my gray to be pretty light. I don't want it to be super dark. Stuff. Looks just about perfect. So did you see how I did that? I added a little bit of paint and a lot of water together and it made this gray color. Let me set that down. I'm going to paint my koala. Now when I get to the cheeks, I'm going to do something special. Let me show you. I'm going to make some circles here like this. This is optional. That means you can do this if you want to, but you don't have to. The reason why I'm going to make some circles is because I'm going to paint those areas, those cheek areas in with a light pink. I wanted my koalas cheeks to be pink. So I wanted to paint those in with pink and so I don't want them to paint them in with this gray. So I'm going to push this gray around. I'm going to stay out of that circle. And I made on that cheek like that. And then I will come back at the end. And I will fill that space and this space right here. And with a little bit of peak already friends. So the last thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to put some pink on my cheeks of my koala and I'm going to paint his nose. His nose is going to be pretty dark. And I am going to use quite a bit of black paint on his nose. So I wanted to get this pink on hair first. Before I make my water really black. There we go. Now, I have the feeling that I would like my cheeks to be a little bit lighter. So I'm going to take my handy-dandy paper towel and I'm going to hover it over that area and I'm just going to touch it very, very softly. And that will soak up a little bit of the pink paint because I want that paint to be really, really light. All right, so the last thing I need to do now is I need to paint that nose. So I'm going to use a darker black, maybe even darker than that. Maybe even darker than that. When you are painting, you get to experiment with colors. There we go. I really want that knows to stand out because koalas noses are very distinct, aren't they? Look? How cute is that little koala? I really hope that you enjoyed this project and I will see you next time.