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Art for Children: Drawing and Watercolor Painting Bees in a Garden

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw Bees and Flowers

    • 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint Bees, Flowers, and Background

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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 your child?

The Bees in a Garden Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6+.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing Bees and Flowers
  • Step 2: Painting Bees and Flowers

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. Introduction and Supplies Needed for Project: Hey, friends, How's it going? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be creating this cool picture right here. This is a picture of some bees in a garden. It's a bunch of these. Actually, these are very, very important to the earth. So this is picture that celebrates bees. Okay, I'm going to explain to you what we're going to need for supplies and materials. So let's get started. The first thing you will need is a piece of watercolor paper that is important to have. If you don't have a piece of watercolor paper, you couldn't use any thick paper. That should be fine. You will also need a mat to go underneath your watercolor paper because watercolor painting can get a little bit messy sometimes, so you'll want to cover your work area. You'll also need some paints in watercolor paints. You will need a paint brush and a clean bowl of water. You will also need a permanent marker. A permanent marker is a marker that will not spread around when you put water on it. Okay, so it's important that it's a permanent marker. You will also need a crayon. You will need one crayon out of your grand box. The one grand that you will need is white and what we is the white four is on the wings. We need to put a little bit of white so we can show a little bit of detail on the wings of Arby's. Okay, and then when we put the white down, it resists the paint and it stands out a little bit. I hope you conceive this. Put a little bit of white design inside of these wings, so you'll need a white crown, and you will also need a handy dandy paper towel. Paper Tells Air good for mess is good for cleanup, so I suggest that you have one. If you don't have a paper towel, you could use just a rag or something, anything, really, that you can use to clean up little messes or spells. Alrighty. So let's get started 2. Step 1: Draw Bees and Flowers: already friends. Some. Let's get started. The first thing that you're going to do is grab your permanent marker and we are going to create some flowers on the bottom part of our paper. So probably about the bottom third of your paper. So if you cut your paper into three different parts re equal parts the top third, the middle third in the bottom third, the the flowers are going to be here at the bottom. Okay, so we're going to just make some daisies. If there's another type of flower that you'd like to make go ahead and make that at the bottom. So I'm just going to create some daisies. Let me show you how I'm going to go about doing that. I'm going to make some circles and then attached to each circle, I'm going to put pedals. They're going to be pretty big and pretty bold. Just going to go all the way around. There's one going to make another one. Thanks. Like my markers running out here. Look, I got to this line. What I'm going to do is pick it up and jump over and come back down that way. It looks like this Daisy is in front of this daisy. Last one all the way around. Put those pedals. Oh, look what happened. Jump it and then come back down. All right, The next thing that we're going to do, if you see any places for a few leaves, you can go ahead and put them in there. So let me show you how to make a leaf curved line curve line, then straight down the middle and then some more little lines coming out from the main vein of relief. So I'm going to put a few more leaves here. So curb lying curve line pain in the middle. And then some other little lines coming out. Maybe one hair curved line, her line lying down the middle, Some lines coming out. I think I would like one more right here. So I have curb lying, curved line laying down the middle and some lines coming out from that pain. Perfect. OK, now let's get started on Arby's. So these air going to be some bees in the garden. So we have a garden down here and we're going to put up these up here at the very top, so I think I'm going to have maybe three B's. Now watch how I make these. They are not small, tiny bees. These are giant bees. Okay, there. So diet probably have never seen a be like this. I know I haven't. And I've lived a long time, so I want one. Be hair one be here and one be here. Okay. Now I'm those are the bees bodies you might be thinking. Well, those don't look like bees, but those are just the bodies. Now I'm going to put the heads of the bees. Someone's going to be facing this way. One is going to be facing this way, and one is going to be facing this way. So basically, we have ovals for the bodies of the bees, and then we have circles attached to the bees bodies. Now, the next thing we're going to do is we're going to make our views wings. So, a wing on a B. It's kind of roundish, but I'm going to make mine teardrop shape. So it's upside down teardrop shape. These two are going to be hooked together. If you like your your wings a little bit separate, you can do that. as well. All depends on what you like. So this is one way. This is another way. Or you can have more of around Wayne like this. All right, This one might be out of the camera's view, but it's a little bit roundish. Let me. Actually, I'll make one down here, let me show you what I just did up there. So I have his body in his head, and then his wings air more round like this. Okay, so it's up to you as to what you like. Now, let's make some little antenna for bees. So those air basically just lines coming out from his head and curling up at the top, who does their long, aren't they? Okay. And then I have this look, I hear his intent is going to go off the page, right. Let's put some little legs on it. Just little lines coming out from the bottom of his body. Let's give him a little eyes so he could see where he's going. You'd like to put a little smile on there. That would be fine as well. Remember these air more cartoonish bees? They're not super realistic. Okay, then we're going to put some stripes. And those are just straight lines down from the oval part of his body because he's going to be a bumble bee. So we're going to make sure all of these bees have stripes. Rasa little B. Here we go. What is he missing? He's missing his stinger. We're going to make a little stinger coming out of the bun bun area. Just a straight little line. I don't know if you've ever been stung by a bee before, but it hurts, okay? These are important to the world, though. Abuse, They're very, very important in their good. All right, so we have our bees here. We have our garden. We have our flowers. Now what we need to dio is we need to grab a crayon. We need to grab our white grand and let me show you what we're going to do with this. We're going to put a little bit of detail inside the wings of the bees. And actually, you're not going to be able to see this because it's white. It's white on white. So basically, what I'm doing is I am just making little lines that go like this kind of crisscrossing. I don't know if you could see that. Maybe let me make it a little bit darker. It's a little crisscrossing lines with my white crayon. Okay, so let me do that inside of these wings, and that will give it a little bit more detail inside the wings, doing that very quickly. So when we go over this with watercolor, it will be showing up. Okay, let me raise this with my handy dandy eraser. Alrighty. So there we go. That's the drawing portion of her project, and I'll be back in a minute so we can start the watercolor. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint Bees, Flowers, and Background: all righty friends. So I'm back. So here is the piece of paper that we're going to water color paint on. And if you notice right here a little a new little friend came to visit. So we have. We started out with four B's, and this one really wanted to join in on the B party. So he came in for a little visit as well. So that brings up a good point. If ever you are working with Miss M and you see anything on your paper that you'd like to add to or you'd like to change a little bit, go ahead and do that. That's okay to do, because this is your our project. I saw a pretty big space right here, and what I thought I would do is add another. Be OK, so that's what I That's the decision that I made. And I hope you will do that as well. If you see that you need to add something somewhere. All right, So what I'm going to do first, I'm going to grab my handy dandy paintbrush, and I am going to drop one drop of water into each pan of paint and let me tell you why I like to do that. I like to do that because it gets the paint ready for me. And so when I get to it, when I choose that color, it's already ready to go. That's important to me. All right, so we're going to first of all before I start painting, I want to make a decision on the sky. I want to decide what color the sky is going to be. I think I'd like my sky to be a pinkish purple. So the reason why I'm I am suggesting that you choose the sky color first is because you'll want to make sure that you paint that the other items inside of your picture a different color. So in other words, I'd like my bees to be black and yellow. I'd like my background to baby be pink or purple pinkish purple and down here I'm thinking that I like my my flowers to maybe the orange and and red or orange in yellow. Okay, so sometimes it's good to kind of plan out the colors that you'd like to use. Sometimes it's great to just start painting and not think about it too much so. But for this one, because there's so much sky in the picture, you might want to think about that first. Okay, so I do know that I want to make my sky pink and people picking purplish, and I know that I want to make my bees yellow and black, So I'm going to start out with the yellow and I'm loading a lot of paint onto my paintbrush because I want my maybes to be really, really nice and bright. So that means I'm just using a little bit of water and quite a bit of page in my paper church. Pray brush is pretty large, so if yours isn't this large, it's OK. Might take you a little while longer to paint a little bit more time to paint. But that's OK. All right, so there we go, my bees air done. So what I'm going to do next is I'm going to let that paint dry a little bit. If I started painting with the black for that for the rest of the B or the blue for the wings or the painted pinkish, purplish background. What might happen is the colors might bleed into each other, which is okay for some projects. But for this one, I kind of like the colors to stay a little bit put. So I'm going to work on this down here. And then after I do that, I'm going to move up to the bees and the wings and the sky. OK, so I'm going to speed up this video just a little bit, and you can either watch me or you can get started on your own painting. All right. See, in a minute. - Hey , friends, I'm back. So what do you think? I think it looks really great. I love all the bright colors, and I'm really excited about this project. It took me a long time to pay the sky in the reason why is because there were a lot of little nooks and crannies in different areas that it was It was challenging to get in with my paintbrush because my paper ashes a little bit large. So that's okay, though I I think I did a really great job. Now you might be thinking that there's something missing. And there is if you notice the bees, these are not black and I'd like the bees to be black, but I made a decision while I was painting that I would wait until the rest of the painting is dry before I start painting with my black. And let me tell you why. The reason why is because the yellow is still pretty wet. And what I don't want for this particular project is for the paint to run into each other. So if I don't want the pain to rate run into each other and I want the pain to stay in a certain area which is on the stripes and on the heads of the bees, then I'm going to have to wait until this painting dries, which is no problem. What I'll do is after this painting is dry, I'll come back and I'll finish it up and I'll see you name it. Alrighty, friends. I'm back. And look at this. It's all dry. So what I can do now is I compete with my black now. I don't want these to be super duper dark black. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my black. I'm going to put it in my little pan here. I hope you concede us. You know this where you can see it. So basically, what I do is I dip my water into my black, and then I put it on my little pan area where I can make it a little bit lighter. So I do this like this, Okay. And then I'm going to start painting. Let me make sure that that's the right shaded I want That's a little bit dark, but let's see what it looks like on here. Like it. Have to make sure it's light enough where you can see the I see the eye of your be. So you might have to take a little bit of paint off of that one face this one right here. Show you how you do that. So if you feel like a areas a little bit too dark, you do is just come by and scoop some of it off. See how that works? Black. A little bit of black goes a long way. Okay. See, I I don't have to dip it every time. Dip it into the black every time because a little bit of black goes a long way. All righty, you think? Do you need a little bit more black on? As I said, I don't want it to be too dark. Look at my bees. They're coming together. You please, my friends. What do you think? I think that looks really cute. You know what I might want to do with this one? I might want to hang it up on the wall. I might wanna put it into a frame and hang it onto the wall or give it to my mom because she really likes gardens. And she knows the value of these. All right, friends, Thank you for watching. I hope you enjoy this lesson. We'll see later.