Art for Beginners and Kids: Drawing and Painting a Sunset Silhouette With Acrylic or Tempera Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

Art for Beginners and Kids: Drawing and Painting a Sunset Silhouette With Acrylic or Tempera Paints

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (20m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies Needed

      2:23
    • 2. Step 1: Paint the Background

      7:51
    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Horizon Line and Hills

      4:54
    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Palm Tree Silhouette

      4:44

About This Class

Are you searching for a fun and unique painting project? 

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

This Sunset Silhouette 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 8+. 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 three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint the Sunset background
  • Step 2: Paint the Horizon Line and the Hills
  • Step 3: Paint the Palm Silhouette

The process used to teach this project is a step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight the beginner painter 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 tempera and acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Sunset Silhouette 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!

Transcripts

1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies Needed: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is my son Set Silhouette Project and it was designed especially for kids and beginners . You do not have to have any experience at all to be successful with this project. I will take you step by step through this entire process and I think you're going to have a lot of fun with it. I'd like to 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 paper. I use a piece of thick white paper and that works very, very well. You'll also need some paint. I'm using tempera paint for this project. And you? If you don't have tempera paint, that's OK. You can use poster paints or you can use acrylic paints. Acrylic paints look like this, and the colors that you will need for this project are black. You will need yellow, orange read and purple. Another thing that you will need is a larger paintbrush that looks like this and a smaller paintbrush that looks like this notice how these papers is or more flat on the end. If you have a paper sh like this, that would be great if you don't just use whatever you have. Another thing that you will need is a paper towel. Paper tells Air used for projects to make sure that messes get cleaned up. And I have a little bit of a clean up on this particular project. You will need a pallet. I like to use a paper plate. That way I can just toss it in the garbage can when I'm finished with my painting for the day and then the last thing that you'll need is a mat. I like to use a mat underneath my workspace so that I can keep my area nice and tidy and clean. Already. Friends, I hope that you have fun with this project. Let's get started 2. Step 1: Paint the Background: already friends. So in this step, what we're going to do is we're going to create the background for our sunset, and we're going to use some colors up the sunset. So we're going to use some yellow going to shake my yellow up a little bit, put a little dot of yellow there. We're going to use some orange. We're going to use some red, and we're going to use some purple. And remember, you don't need that much paint. Just put a little bit of paint out on your palate. That way you're not being wasteful. It's really, really important. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to just put yellow in the centre right here, so find the center the middle, and then what we're going to do is about four or five inches, which is maybe about seven or eight centimeters you're going to make ah, strip of yellow. And when you're painting your yellow paint, you're just going to go back and forth like this. We're not going to go up and down around and circles. You're just going back and forth this way. Okay, so you find the middle and then you just make about this thick of line of yellow watch what ? I mean, So you make a line and then from that line, go a little bit above and notice how I'm going back and forth with my paper going back and forth with my paintbrush back and forth. And I'm painting pretty quickly because I don't want my paint to dry before I start my next color, which is orange. I wanted to be a little bit wet because I want to blend it into the orange so I'm just going back and forth. Here we go, right Next. Colors orange. I'm not even going to clean my paint brush. I'm just going to go right into the orange and start with my orange back and forth and I'm touching my yellow. But I'm not really going into my yellow yet, so I'm going to go back and forth. I'm not going up and down or around in circles just going back and forth. I'm touching my yellow, but I'm not going into it yet. There we go. We're working pretty quickly now that I feel that I'm finished with the my orange. Now I'm going to go a little bit into the yellow just like this. When I'm doing this, I want to make sure that I blend it pretty well because I don't want there to be a hard line of paint. I don't want there to be a hard line of paint, lending it pretty well. You'll see a little bit of a line, but it's not like orange and then yellow. I want to make sure that I'm blending in a little bit, so back and forth like this, and then I'm going to do the same thing on the other side, on the bottom. So watch what ideo I touch my yellow, but I'm not going into it yet. And I'm going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, and I'm working pretty quickly, You know, we go now that I'm finished with this orange. Now I'm going to go up into my yellow because remember, we don't want that hard line. We wanted to kind of blend into the yellow a little bit more, and I'm going back and forth. Way go. All right now, I'm going to be working with my red and I'm going to do the same thing with my red. We want to touch my orange, but I'm not going into my orange yet back and forth back in Flint. Okay? Now that I'm finished with my red, I'm going to go into my orange back and forth and I'm going to blend it pretty well because I don't want there to be a hard line of orange and a hard line of red. Do you see how I'm blending it back and forth? They're ago. That looks pretty cool. Now I'm going to do the same thing on the bottom. I'm going to touch the orange, but I'm not going into it yet. Just making my strip of red and I'm going back and forth and then I'm going to go into my orange when really back and forth because I don't want there to be a hard line. Sometimes this might take a minute, but you just need to be patient with yourself and with your artwork. Minute will look the best that it can look. Hi, last color. We're going to use some purple. It's going to just be at the very top in the very bottom. You might not even be able to see this very well up here. We're in painting because it might go off the video of you. I'm just doing exactly the same thing from slightly touching. They're red. And then once I'm finished painting with my purple, I will go into the red, so back and forth, back and forth. I'm finished with my purple. Now I'm going to go into my red just like this. And did you notice that I didn't even wash off my paint brush? Keeping that paintbrush just with all those different colors on it, back and forth. And then I'm going to do the same thing on the bottom. We're not going into the red. We're going back and forth all the way to the bottom. She went to touch the bottom and even go off the bottom a little bit. Good thing you have your Matt down there. So your space is not getting all messy, right? I'm finished with that. Nearly wanted to bring a little bit of that paid up, back and forth, back and forth, moving pretty quickly because this type of paint dries pretty quickly. Awesome. Alrighty. There we go. So what do you think that is the background for our sunset. That was a lot of work to get it to look this way, but it will be well worth it when it's finished. So what we're going to do now is we're going to let our painting dry, and then after it's completely dry, then what we're going to do is we're going to add some detail to our silhouette for our sunset scene. I'll see you back here in a little bit. 3. Step 2: Paint the Horizon Line and Hills: already. Friends, welcome back to the next step in this step. What we're going to do is we're going to create our silhouette for our sunset, so let's get started on that. The first thing that you'll need to do is put some black paint on your palate, so I'm just going to put a small amount of black paint. Remember, put a small of a dollop is paint as you can, because you can always add more, but it's hard to put the paint back into the little bottle. What you're going to do here is you're going to make a line, and the line is going to be very small and very thin. Let me show you what I mean. You'll want your smaller paintbrush and you're just going to make a line going straight across. This is going to be called the Horizon line, so I'm going to make it going straight across. It's not going to be perfect because you are drawing it with your free hand. I guess I should say painting it just do the best that you can. I'm actually going to move these bottles out of the way so I can make sure that I do my best work. There we go. So I'm going to bring that line coming across. And remember, if you run out of paint, then all you need to do is put some more on there. But put somewhere on your paintbrush. So the next thing that we're going to do after we have our line of black for a horizon line , we're going to just add a little bit of detail. If you'd like to draw this out with the pencil, you can certainly do that. Basically, we're just going to make some mountains coming down right here. And then if you'd like to make some over on this side, you can do that as well. I like to just go for it. And I like to just do it with my, my, um paintbrush and not even use the the pencil. So I just come down and I make sure that my line is not very straight because I wanted to look more of like, more like a mountain or a hill. And then maybe I'll have one come up here that's not quite as tall like this. So here are my two hills and This is some water right here. I'm going to paint these in, and I'm going to go slowly, carefully, so it can do a really good job painting these in. And then if I'd like to change the shape of this mountain or hell, I go ahead and change it. For example, if I wanted this to be a little bit more bumpy, I would just spring up. I paint brush like this, make it a little bit more will be. Give it a little bit more detail. There we go. Now I'm going to do the same on the side. So I'm just going to paint it in, fill it in with black, and this will be a silhouette already. There we go. So we have our mountains Anderson set. And what we're going to do now is we're going to create a palm tree so you get to decide which side you like your palm tree to be on the side or this side. If you'd like to have two sets of palm trees, you can do that as well. I'm going to just have one, and I think I'm going to have it on this side, right here and the palm trees going to go up into the sky like this. So I'm going to do the same thing that I did up here. I'm going to do it down here, so I'm going to make a little bit of a hill that my palm tree is going to sit on. Now, this is called the foreground, So this will be a little bit closer to us already. Friends. So I'm back and I have my horizon line. I have my hills and I have my foreground. At this point, I'm going to start painting my palm tree coming out this way. And then maybe I'll have my poem Franz, up here at the very top. I haven't really decided yet. I'm going to let this dry for just a couple of minutes. If you don't want yours too dry for a few minutes and just you want to jump into it. That's OK, but I'm going to let mine dry for a couple of minutes, and I will be back in the next video 4. Step 3: Paint the Palm Tree Silhouette: already friends. I'm back. So what we're going to do now is we're going to put a palm tree right here, and we're going to start with the trunk of the palm tree and palm trees. Sometimes their trunks get a little bit curved, so I'd like my palm trees trunk to curve out this way. Okay, if you would like it to go this way, go ahead and do that. But I think for my particular painting, it would look better if mine was going this way. So that's what I'm going to Dio. So I'm going to make my poem tree trunk and I'm going to make an arched align like this. And then I'm going to make it a little bit wider and whiter and whiter until I am happy with it. Home tree trunks are not that wide, so we just keep going up and down until we're happy with our palm tree trunk. It's basically the shape is basically occurred line, and you just make it as thick as you want. I think I'd like mine a little bit thicker. Basically, when you're doing this part, you're just kind of get a feel for what you like, And if you want to change it, you can go ahead and change it. All right. I think I like that right there. So basically, I started out with a curved line, and then I just kept adding on to the curve line until I was happy with the thickness of it . Noticed the bottom of my poem Tree trunk is a little bit thicker than the top part. All right, so the next step is going to be making the Franz the fronds of the leaves. So basically, I'm just going to make some curved lines coming out like this, and if I run out of pay, that's okay. I just add more paint onto my paintbrush. Maybe I'll make one more. So did you see how I did that? I just made some curved lines coming out from the top of my trunk, some curved lines coming out from the top of my trunk so these main parts of our palm fronds will be covered up basically by the other parts of the poem from the little leaves. So let me show you how you're going to make the leaves. The leaves are just going to be at the bottom part of your Franz just on one side. So what you do is you make curve lines coming out like this. Don't forget to reload your paintbrush every so often, just like this. Now, on this one, we're going to start here, and we're just going to make curved lines coming down just like this from that main line. See how that works. Now, on this side, we're going to do the opposite. We're going to come down here at the bottom. We're going to go the other way all the way to the end. Here we go. And then on this one, we're going to go on this side. That one got a little bit long, right? And then on this one here, I think I'm going to go this way. One more thing that you might want to think about is putting a couple of little coconuts here. So if you'd like to do that, you just go to the base of thes palm fronds and you just make little circles like this And those could be little coconuts. Here we go. I love it. Alrighty, friends. I hope that you enjoyed this lesson. I'll see you next time