Art for Children: Drawing and Painting Stealthy Sharks with Acrylic Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Children: Drawing and Painting Stealthy Sharks with Acrylic Paints

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Shark Painting Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Paint Background

    • 3. Step 2: Paint Sharks

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About This Class

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

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

Are you seeking an experienced art teacher to guide your child into the wonderful world of acrylic painting?

This Stealthy Sharks Acrylic Painting Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 8-12 years old. By following along with me, step-by-step, your child 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: Paint Ocean Background
  • Step 2: Paint Sharks onto Background

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

Students will learn basic acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Stealthy Sharks Acrylic Painting Project is designed to give 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 the creative fun begin!

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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. Shark Painting Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a good day today. This is the painting that we will be working on today. This is an example of it. I wanted to show it to you before we started working on it. As you can see, there are three sharks you can make more or less if you want. But there are three sharks in this painting. And basically, imagine yourself underneath the sharks looking up and the sun is outside straight above the shark. So you see the silhouette off the sharks. There is not that much detail on the shark. It's just the silhouette, so they look black. So basically, we need three colors of paint for this project. We need white and we need blue and we need black. So we're going to do this project step by step. You can follow along with me, Remember? If I get going a little bit too fast for you, all you need to do is pause that pause about 10. So let's get started. I will explain the materials that you will need 2. Step 1: Paint Background: Okay. The first thing that you will need for this project is a piece of paper. This is actually ah Krilic paper. So it holds acrylic paint Very well. That's the type of paint that we will be using today. So you will need a piece of paper. If your paper is not his biggest line, that's OK. No problem at all. The next thing that you will need are some paints. And these are acrylic paints. There are different brands out there. These are the ones that I like because they're pretty inexpensive. You will need white. You will need blue. And you will need black. If you're blue Is not this particular shade. That's okay. No problem. Just we'll work with what you have. Okay, so we have paper, we have paints. We also need a paper, Please, to put our paints on. We need a couple of paintbrushes. We need a large paint brush and then we need a small detail paintbrush. This is for the water. And this is for the sharks. We also need a pencil with any racer and we will need a couple horrible of fresh water. So that's it. Let's get started. all right, friends of the first thing that you're going to do is you're going to put a small amount of white paint on your paper and you're also going to put blue on your paper. We're not going to use the black right now. And let me tell you why. Because we are going to only paint. We show you the picture. We're only going to paint the water right now. We need to let the water dry before we actually paint. The sharks of the sharks are painted on after the water is completely dry. Okay, so good. All right, so let's get started. So the first thing that will need to dio after we pour out our paints is we're going to start in the middle. Actually, Anywhere that you want to start is fine for here, the area where the sun is. So I think I'm going to go. Maybe right here, it's pretty close to the metal, and you might be thinking, Well, why do we need paint white paint on white? If it's just going to stay white even though it's going to be white, it's still important that you put the white paint on there. It's important that we cover the paper fully. It's going to be really hard for you to see this white on here. It's actually hard for me to see, but I can assure you that is is on there. So we make a circle with our white. Then what we're going to do is we are going to go along the outer edge with just a touch of blue. Did you see that? I just went really fast and we're going to go along the outer edge. It's going to be pretty light, and that's actually what we want. We don't want it to be too dark yet. Let me show you on this one again. So we start out really white, and then we just have a tiny bit of blue and it gets darker and darker as we go away from the sun. So you're going to use a little bit more blue to make it a little bit darker, and we're not going to want to put the blue here in the inside in the middle a little bit darker. That's a little bit too dark, so I'm going to add a little bit more white, and it's fine if we mix the white and the blue. No problem. And you were quickly on this. You just go around and around in a circle, stir around and around in a circle, and then it gets darker and darker and darker as we move away from the sun. And I'm using a circular motion. Do you see what I'm doing here? Now? I feel like this needs to be a little bit more gradual, so I'm going to go around there a little bit more, maybe even out a little bit more white. That's just my feeling on it, so you can do what you want. But the important thing is that you go around in a circular motion that is important. So I need a little darker here, going around in around a little darker on the corners. I love this project. It's pretty quick and easy and fun. Quick, easy and fun knows of the best, all right, And then towards the end, I want it to be pretty dark, so I'm not using any more white. A little bit. A little tiny bit of white might be left over no problem. And again I have a piece of paper underneath my paper that I'm doing the artwork on because I want to make sure that we have easy cleanup because of this. Acrylic paints this constrain. So we meet. Need to make sure that you cover your area. Try to get all of your white paper underneath covered. Wow, that was quick. What do you think? Okay, if you're not quite finished yet, what you can do is you can pause the video. What I'm going to do now is I am going to allow this to dry. It has to be completely dry before we add our sharks. So I'm going to let this dry and then I'll see you back in just a few minutes by 3. Step 2: Paint Sharks: Hey, friends, I'm back and my painting so far is dry. So what I wanted to do at this point is I wanted to show you how to make ah shark. So here again are the examples of the shark that I made a couple of days ago. So I want to show you a quick way to make a shark. And remember, it's like we're underneath the shark and we're looking up at the shark. Okay, so there are no details on him. So let me show you how I make a shark and what you might want to do before you actually start painting on your piece of paper is you might want to practice your shark making skills. That way you will be able to confidently make your sharks on here. Now, the thing about it is, once you put acrylic paint on something, it's really difficult or impossible to get off. So what I like to do is I like to use a pencil first on my acrylic paint and you can actually do that. If you're painting is really, really dry, you can mark on it with pencil and then it actually will erase very very well. So you can do that as long as you don't press really hard with the pencil. Okay, so you need to make sure that you don't press too hard. But if you'd like to sketch out your sharks with your pencil and then erase a little bit and then paid them in, that is perfectly fine. So let me show you how to make a shark. This is how I make a shark. So basically, you make it an upside down U. And then you come down with kind of slanted, a little bit slanted lines, and then you come back in with those lines, those of the fence, and then his tail starts out. Kind of fat in it tapers. That means it gets smaller at the at the back at the end, like this. Now, what does he need on the end? He needs his little tail. And then he has two more little fins right here. They're small. All right. So, basically, that is the shape of the shark. So upside down, you curve line, Curved line, curve, line, curve, line, curved line her blind, big triangle. Little trying a little triangle. All right, Now, This might be a little bit big if I was to use this when it might be a little bit large, but I'm gonna make mine a little bit smaller. So let me show you what I dio. So I'm going to you on mine. I'm going to put three sharks and I'm going to put a large one and two smaller ones. So I'm going to put my large one right here, so upside down you fins current lying curve line triangle into small triangles. There is my big daddy one. Now, over here, I'm going to make a smaller one. So my triangles, curved lines and another triangle tiny triangles just like that. And then the one that I put here, I think I'm just gonna put a tiny one maybe like a baby, either a baby or he's further away from me. So it looks like he's smaller, but maybe he's rule. You know that small I'll type just like that. Now, as I said before, you can actually erase once your acrylic painting is dry. So what I would dio and what I'm going to do is I'm going to start painting the sharks in with my black, And then if, after everything a super duper dry, then if there any little pencil marks left over, I think that that's the point where I will erase them. So for this, you're going to need your black acrylic paint, and you're going to put it right here on your paper plate or your palate, whatever you'd like to use, and you could just start painting in. You'll need a small brush for this part because it can get a little bit tricky because of the The area that you need to paint is pretty small, so you'll want a smaller paintbrush. So what I'm going to do is speed up this video while I am painting. You can either start your painting or you can watch me. It is totally up to you, and I'll see you back here in a mini All right, friends, I'm back. What do you think? I think it looks pretty cool. I hope you enjoy this lesson and I hope you come back for more. So let me have let me know if you have any questions or comments about this. Make sure that you let this totally dry again. If there is any erasing that you need to dio. Actually, I don't see any racing online that I need to do this time on my other one that went that I did the other day. I did have to do a little bit of the racy notice. Also, that this one is different from this one. Every single piece of artwork, even if it's done by the same artist, is always going to be a little bit different. And actually, that's a really good thing. That's a really cool thing about art. So I hope you like this and I'll see you next time. Bye.