Art for Children: Learn to Draw and Paint a Dancing Owl with Watercolor Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Children: Learn to Draw and Paint a Dancing Owl with Watercolor Paints

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Dancing Owl Watercolor Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Drawing an Owl

    • 3. Step 2: Painting an Owl

    • 4. Step 3: Marker Detail on Owl

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About This Class

Are you looking for an exciting art project for your child?

Do you want an experienced art teacher instructing your child through the creative process?

The Dancing Owl Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6-10 years old.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing
  • Step 2: Painting
  • Step 3: Adding Marker Detail¬†

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 with watercolor paints. Students will learn basic watercolor techniques and apply these techniques to complete their project. Finally, students will be encourged to apply marker detail onto their projects.

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 art 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. Dancing Owl Watercolor Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a good day today. I'm excited about sharing this next lesson with you. This is going to be an owl, and this owl is going to be kind of in a fun, crazy environment with a lot of patterns in a lot of different shapes. So let's get started. The first thing that I'd like to do is show you the supplies and materials you will need to get started on our her project. The first thing that you will need is paper. This is nice, heavy watercolor paper. So if you have some around your house, that would be perfect. The next thing that you will need are some water color paints. You will also need a brush. You will also need some markers. I like to use these markers, but if you have the fat markers that would work as well, just as long as there's in different colors in there, we'll also need some clean water to rinse out our brush. We will need a marker, and this marker needs to be a permanent marker so that it doesn't smear when the water is applied to it and the last thing that will need is a paper tell, and this comes in handy when they're spills or when you need to get a little bit of paint off of your PT. 2. Step 1: Drawing an Owl : So let's get started. I'm going to put these supplies and materials a sigh, so we have some room. So the first thing that we're going to do is look at our piece of paper. Mind might be a little bit larger than yours, but that's okay. We're going to create an oval for our owls head and face. So the first thing that you want to do is make an oval and I'm going to make mine a little bit tilted. Now look at how big this is. You want to make sure it's nice and large inside this oval, we're going to put some eyes, some big, huge eyes for our Well, I think I'd like to put some eyelashes on my owl's eyes. You can leave this step out if you don't want to do that on the inside of her eyes. I'm going to put another circle and then I'm going to put a dot a rather large dot rather large. We feel that almost all the way in with black now, right between her eyes. I'm good. I'm going to put a small triangle for her beak. There we go. That's her head now, underneath her head. We are going to make her body. So it's just going to be in a U shape that CA next this side of the oval to this side of the oval inside of this part on the right side of the body were going to put one of her wings. And so it's going to come out just right from this area and just like this three or four little use put together and then on this side, this wing is going to be sticking out a little on the side. So I'm going to make four use just like that underneath her body. I'm going to make Simp e just like that. She almost looks like she's dancing. Oh, she secured. I really like her. Okay. The next thing that we're going to dio is we're going to create a background for our out Well, so I am going to make the area where she is standing is going to be a little bit slanted, but you could make your straight across if you'd like to, right? We're going to work on this area down here at the bottom, so I want to put Cem patterns and some different shapes down here at the bottom, and I'd like you to to watch me, and then you can choose and you can design your own area where the owl is standing. The first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to put a couple of circles and these air actually going to be flowers, and I'm going to fill them in with more color a little bit later. So they're just going to be circles just basic circles with some stems. If you'd like to make a different type of a flower, you could go right ahead and do that. Then I'm going to put some more patterns over here, so maybe I'll create a straight line, maybe a curved line and another curve line that follows that one. Maybe I'll put a straight line here. It's almost abstract art. I think that looks good now. What we're going to do later is we're going to fill in these areas with some marker with paint and then marker. I should say so. We're not quite done with the patterns down here Now I'm going to move up here, and I think what I'm going to do is put a tree off to the side because I have a large space . So I'm going to make kind of a curve line for a trunk and it goes right off my paper. Then I'm going to make this big cloud type shape, and this is going to be my tree on my tree. I'm going to put some circles. If you'd like to do some some circles as well, You could make a many as you'd like. And I think what I'm going to do is leave it like that so I can fill it in with patterns a little bit. Leader in the background. I'm going to put a little bit of a hill and I'm going to put some mountains, I think in the very back Do you see how I almost touched the line? But I didn't quite at the top. I feel like I want to put a son, so I'm going to do this. And then I think I'd like to break this up a little bit, so I'm going to create a little bit more interest there. So I make my lying perv line. I pick it up as I go over the owl's body. And then I put it back down just like that. Now I'm going to step back and take a look at my picture and see if there's anything else that I want to dio on this picture on this this piece of artwork before I continue and I think I'm pretty happy with it. So if you see anything that you'd like to try on your artwork, go ahead and do it now before we start pain T. And the next time I see you, we will be doing the painting sell, seeing a little bit by. 3. Step 2: Painting an Owl: here, Friends, Welcome back. So we are at the pain t part of our project. So the first thing that we're going to want to do with their paints is to wake them up in the way that I do that as I put one drop of water inside each of my paint pants that I will be using. So I'm not going to be using black or white today, maybe a little bit of brown. So I'm going to fill that at with one dot each one drop. I should say, Okay, so we're going to look at our artwork, and we're going to decide on the color. So basically, before you start, you might want to think about the colors that you'd like to use. I would like my artwork to be nice and colorful, so I'm going to use just all kinds of different colors and because this is not a realistic piece of art, I can go really, really crazy with the colors. So I think that I am going to start out with a green head on my owl. So I'm going to start, and I love this color green. It's almost kind of like a yellowish greenish color. And if I want to add a little bit more green to that, I dip it in a different shade of green. It's actually a little bit darker, so I'm going. Teoh, paint her face green. I think what I'm going to do is I'm going to paint her body a different color. I think what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to paint her body a reddish pink. So it's actually going to be a very light red because they don't have pink in my paint sent . So what I dio is I just get some red paint and I put a whole bunch of water in it, just like this. I hope you can see that. There we go. So I'm going to take that test it out on my little paper towel. Make sure that's what I like. Uh, yeah, that's great. That's perfect. And I'm going to paint her body this very light red, almost like a pink color. Now, if you notice I did go out of the lines right here a little bit, got going a little bit fast, but that kind of stuff I actually like because you're painting with watercolors. As I've said before, things kind of crazy things can happen. Okay, there we go. So now we have our pink and then I'm going to paint her wings. I think yellow. So I want them to be really bright yellow. So I'm going to work on that. I am loving the way she's looking so far. The more paint that you use in the less water, the stronger your color will be. If you use a lot of water, the lighter your colors will be okay. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to keep painting and I'm going to speed up the video. You can either watch me paint or you can start painting on your own. It is up to you. After I'm finished with my painting. Then I will slow the speed down again and I will come back and start talking to you again. So I like the way that she's looking so far. I'm going to speed up the tape, so have fun. I'll see in a couple minutes. All right, friends, I'm back. What do you think? I really like her. I think she's so cute and happy. It's a very happy painting. It has a lot of color to it. And I really, really like it. I hope you like it too. And I most of all I hope that you like your own. So what I'm going to do at this point, I am going to let this painting dry, and I want to make sure that it drives fully. And let me tell you why. Because after it dries, we're going to take our markers. And then we are going to create some more patterns on this painting. And we're going to take the same color roughly the same color marker, and put it on the paint sold to show you what I mean, after it dries, I'm going to I'm going to turn off the video for a couple of minutes while it dries, and I will be back. All right. I'll see you soon by 4. Step 3: Marker Detail on Owl: Hey, friends, Welcome back. Here we are with our dried painting of our cute little animal. And what we're going to do next is we're going to put some patterns on our painted artwork . So what we're going to do is put orange on orange, red on red, purple on purple green on green if you'd like. If you have a different idea, that's okay to go for it. So let me show you what I mean. So I'm gonna start out with the mountains. So we have some purple mountains, and I'm going to make a pattern on the mountains. And if you have the type of markers there here, a little bit better, that would look really cool, too. So don't worry. If yours art this thin, you can use the fat ones too. Okay, I got some purple there, some purple here. So I'm going to create a different pattern. Maybe some circles that are touching each other all the way around, just like that. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill up this space with the circle pattern. I'll come back and do that in a minute. Then I'm going to go up here to my green face. And I'm going to put some loop de loops along here just like that. I'm going to think of patterns that I think would look really huge. Ah, on my reddish pinkish reveal puts, um, circles like this. It will feel the rest of that in a moment on Lee Orange. Maybe I'll just put some little lines gonna remind me of grass. Orange grass. Alright, then I'll finish that in a little bit. I will maybe put some some curb lies for this area. Kinda reminds me up your ass. There's a little fly flying around. Okay? And let's say orange over here. Repeal. Put some straight lines. All right, I'll finish that in a little bit too. Now what? I wanted to show you up here for these circles. You might want to take your marker. Wait a minute. I see that this showing up very well. So what I would do on that is I would choose a different color, maybe. Ah, color. That's very closely related. Go like this. Anything that that looks pretty cool with some sore lease like that. When I get to hear to the sun, maybe I'll put some dots. The main queen is think of some patterns and what you would like to do with those patterns and what colors you would like to you. So what I'm going to do is speed up this painting and I am just going to finish this up and I'll talk to you in just a few minutes after I'm finished. Okay. CIA. There you go. I hope you like him by