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Art for Children: Drawing and Painting an Abstract Face with Watercolor Paints

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Art for Kids Introduction: Drawing and Painting an Abstract Face

    • 2. Step 1: Draw an Abstract Face

    • 3. Step 2: Paint an Abstract Face With Watercolor Paints

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About This Class

Are you looking for a watercolor painting project for your child?

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching art to your child?

The Abstract Face Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 5+.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing the Abstract Face
  • Step 2: Painting the Abstract Face

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. Art for Kids Introduction: Drawing and Painting an Abstract Face: Hey, friends, how are you? Welcome to this next lesson. Today we will be painting this really cool abstract base. So it's nice and big, and the colors are bold and it's pretty simple. You're going to be surprised at how simple it is, but it has a lot of character, and it's a really fun project to create. So what I'd like to do is explain to you what you will need for your supplies and materials so you can gather those together and be ready to start on this fund project. So the first thing that you'll need is a piece of watercolor paper. If you can't find watercolor paper than just get any thick paper that will dio minus pretty large, you don't have to have it this large. But if you have a watercolor paper that works the best, the next thing that you will need is something to put your watercolor paper on. I use a mat so that my table does not get super messy. We need to have some paint, some watercolor paints, and we need some water with a nice big watercolor brush. And then we made some crayons for some detail work, and we need a marker for your outlines. Now. The thing about the marker is that it needs to be a permanent marker, which means that when you are using it on your paper and then you cover it with water color , it does not spy bread and smear around. That's why it's called AH, permanent marker. So that's important. You'll also need, And I would suggest this handy dandy paper towel or a rag or something that you can clean up spills with or test colors, so that's always handy. So, yeah, I'm excited to teach you this project and let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw an Abstract Face: Alrighty. So the first thing that we're going to do is we are going to outline our base, our abstract face with marker. So why don't you go ahead, angle, grab your marker. And the first thing that we're going to dio is we're going to make two straight dance lines right down the middle of our paper. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to find the middle of my paper, which is about right here, and I'm going to start at the very top of my paper a little bit to the left, and I'm going to make a straight line down to the center. I'm going to go move over just a little bit. Maybe about an inch or an inch and 1/2. That would be about two centimeters. And I want to make another straight line Now from these two straight lines, I am going to make some diagonal lines coming out on either side and then I'm going to close thumb up just like that. Now, are these lines perfectly straight? No, they're not. I am human beings. So I'm not a computer, and yours will not be straight completely straight either So that's the beautiful thing about art. They're not going to be perfectly straight. So let's makes a bagel eyeballs far our big base. We're going to make curved lines coming from about the middle of our two straight lines that we've already made. And they're going to be curved lines that look like this one there and one there that's going to be the top of our abstract face faces. I. Now we're going to calm down with another perv line and close up, come down and close up. Now, if one of these eyes is lower than the other, that's perfectly fine, because this is abstract. It's not realistic, all right, so the next thing that we're going to dio is we are going to create a mouth so the mouth is going to be down here. It can be any shape that you want. Let me show you how I make my abstract mouth. So I make a curve line coming down to a point, and it's basically right in the middle of the nose and then another curb line. Then I close thes two lines up with the line, and I make a very wide letter you closing up each side. Okay, there's the lips. Now let's make the lower part of our face, and this is going to be the chin area, so you just make wherever shape you want. If you want it to be more squarish, that's fine. We're more round or just more a soft jawline. That would be fine as well. Then down here a the very bottom. What we're going to do is make a neck, so the next going to come out like this. All right, let's put a little bit of detail in here before we begin to paint. So I think that I'd like to make some eyes. So let's make I guess that would be an upside down, See upside down, see? And then for a pupil, it would be a circle filled in, which would be adopt. You could make this large. You could make this small. You can make this looking to the right or to the left or up or down. It's up to you. Then let's make another line coming down from the nose to the lips, and that will separate our face from one side to the other. I'd like to make an eyebrow. Maybe just on one side, because this is abstract, it's not realistic. And then I think that's going to be it for my markers now. But I'm going to Dio is I am going to put the lead back on my marker and I'm going to get my Kranz out and I'm just going to put a few lines, a few patterns on my face on my abstract face and um, let's see. I'm going to choose, maybe like a golden shell. Oh, maybe like a pink and a blue. So maybe a green, a bright green. And what I'm going to do here is I'm just going to make some patterns and lines on this face, and you could do the same. You can watch me and see what I dio or you could get just just get started. What I'm going to do is start down here and I'm going to do some six ags and then I'm going to do some lines and I pressing fairly. It's in a firm manner because I want the water color paint, too. Um, really show. Show up the crayons. So let's see. I'm going to make some lines down and then maybe some blue use something like this and some more lines here. And remember, keep in mind this is up to you as to what you would like to dio. So maybe some green over here lines, and I'm just kind of looking at my piece of artwork, and I'm just kind of going along and, um, taking a look to see where I want to put these patterns and lines. I think I like a purple for this area. So I'm going to find a bright purple and maybe big if you more lines right here, it's like that. So you take some time, you take a look at your artwork, you decide what you'd like to dio with your crowns and you work on that. And then when we're finished with that part, we're going to start watercolor painting 3. Step 2: Paint an Abstract Face With Watercolor Paints: all right. A friends. I'm back. So what I'm going to do now isn't going to take a look at my drawing of my abstract face. I'm going to make a decision. I'm going to make a decision to block some colors. And what that means is the colors are going to be in different areas, maybe like an orange in a red and a blue. It's not going to be a realistic, Remember, because this is an abstract face. So I kind of want to take a look to make sure that I have, um the colors kind of worked out in my mind. And if I want to change my mind as I go, that is a Okay. So the first thing that I like to dio is I like to put one drop of water inside each little pan of page. That way, the paint, the water color paint is ready for me when I start. So I know for sure that I want to paint my licks red. This is actually a reddish orange. Okay, so that's going to be a reddish orange. Then I'm going to rinse out my color and then at the top here I am going to use. How about, um, purple? Oh, that's a pretty purple. So I'm going to color that in purple. And as you can see, the kree on the green Kran is resisting pate, so it's kind of popping out. I hope you can see that. Not sure if you can on the video, but it really is popping out. So that's why it's important to make sure that you press firmly with the crayons and let me give you attempt. If you go over and over and over, you're painting, you're you're drawing. Then it will wear down the crown, and it will Pappas much. Okay, so I have some reddish or dish and some purple. I think down here and going to use a Marine. I like this a really light and bright color green we're going to use in a batch. And if I want to switch colors, maybe to this color green, that's okay, because this is my painting. It's an abstract painting because it is my painting. I get to do what I want with it, just like you get to do what you want with yours. So I'm going to take a few minutes, you can watch me or you can get started on your own. I'm going to speed up this visit of this video and I'll see you in a minute. Alrighty, friends, I'm back. I really like how this turned out. Noticed that I have blocks of color. I have red and purple, green and blue. And it's a very colorful and festive piece of art. I made it my own. And you will make it your own as well. So I hope you have fun with this and I will see you in the next video.