Art for Kids: Draw and Paint a Bubble Abstract Painting With Acrylic Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: Draw and Paint a Bubble Abstract Painting With Acrylic Paints

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Draw and Paint the Outline

    • 3. Apply Color to the Painting

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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 acrylic Bubble Abstract painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with kids and beginners who are comfortable painting with acrylic paints, this project is perfect for children ages 8+. 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 three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Introduction and Supplies You Will Need for This Project
  • Step 2: Draw and Paint the Black Outline
  • Step 3: Apply Color to the Painting

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

Students will learn basic acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Bubble Abstract 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. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be creating this abstract piece of art with acrylic paints. Before we do that, I'd like to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need to be successful with this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper. I used a special acrylic paper here. It's made specifically for acrylic paints. However, if you do not have this type of paper, that's okay. Just use a thick paper and that should be just fine. You will also need some paints. I have some paints here, some acrylic paints there, different types of acrylic paints. Some of them are in tubes. Some of them are in little bottles. Either one will work, so whatever you're going to be using its fine but as long as it's acrylic paint. So for the acrylic paint, you will need some black. For the outline, you will need some white for the bubbles and then different colors, maybe four or five or six different colors for your actual color part. Okay, so I chose purple. I chose pink, red, orange and yellow You will also need some templates, so these are some guides for the actual bubble. So for this bubble size, I use this lid that I found in my kitchen, and for this one I used a cup that I also found in my kitchen. So just look around for the size that you like to make your bubbles. You will also need a paper plate. The paper plate is for your paint, and if you don't have a paper plate, you can use any type of paper. Or you might have a different type of appellate that you like to use. It's just escort the paint onto You will need a ruler to get some straight lines. You will need a pencil to draw the straight lines and the circles the bubbles. You will need a paper towel or messes. And if you need to clean up and sometimes we even need to dry our brushes out with the paper towel, and then you will need some clean water. It's important that it's clean, and then you will also need to sizes of brush to brush sizes, so we have a small brush size for the lines on her paper, see if you can see that and then a larger one. Actually, it's pretty much medium sized brush so that you could do the painting, and the last thing that you'll need is a mat to go underneath your artwork to make sure that you don't get any paint on your work area. This acrylic paint does stain and it will stain your clothes. It will not stay in your skin, but it will stay in your clothes. So you want to make sure that you have on that underneath your artwork. Already, I am excited about teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Draw and Paint the Outline: hi friends. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is take our ruler and our pencil, and we are going to make some lines on our paper. We're going to make some horizontal lines, so I'm going to start at the top of my paper and I'm going to make my late lines go straight across about an inch and 1/2 or a little bit smaller. It's not going to be exactly the same distance per line, so some of the lines are going to be the same distant apart and some are going to be a little bit closer. That will create a little bit more interest. So do you see what I'm doing? I have my ruler. I'm holding it down with my left hand because I'm right handed and I'm using my pencil to make a straight line going all the way across my paper. Some of the lines are pretty close together and summer further apart, so I go all the way down to the bottom, just like that. Now the next thing I'm going to do isn't great to take my cup and my little lead and I'm going to create some circles going up and down one side. So you got to make a decision. Do you want them to be on the right side? Do you want your circles to be on the left side where? I guess you could happen down the middle. That would be interesting as well. So I'm going to start at the bottom and I'm going to make this circle off of my paper. Not sure if you can see all the way to the bottom. And then I think I'd like a smaller circle right here. So you see what I'm doing? I'm holding down. This led with my left hand, and I'm going around it carefully with my pencil with my right, and then maybe I'll putsch another larger circle here and then maybe another circle here. And this one's actually going off two off the paper as well. So I put for circles on my paper. Sometimes with this project, you can put more than four. You can put six or 12. It depends on how large your templates are. So I chose to use pretty large templates, so I only could fit four on here. Okay, so if you have more than four. That's perfectly fine. All right, the next thing I'm going to do is I'm going to erase. I am going to erase the lines on Lee inside my circles, Onley inside my circles, we are going to be covering these circles with paint, but sometimes with the white paint, the the lines might show through. So we want to erase those completely almost done from the fast eraser. There we go. Okay, so the next thing we're going to do is we're going to grab our black paint. Let me set those two things aside. We're going to grab our black paint, and we're going to put a little bit of paint on a palette. Not right in the middle, but maybe on the side. That way, we have more room for more different colors, right? And then I'm going to take my very, very small paintbrush. Look how small it ISS. And what I'm going to do isn't just going to start going over all of these lines with my black paint. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to start at the top and I'm carefully just going to go along the lines. Now you're going to have to keep dipping your paint brush in the paint because what will happen eventually is that the paint We'll go all the way off of your paintbrush and then you'll need some more. You know that little guy out of the way. So what I'm going to Dio isn't going to be just carefully going over all of my lines with my black paint. I'm even going over the circles and I am going to speed up the video and you can watch me do this, or you can start your own painting. So I'm going to get a nice, solid line there. Make sure I have enough paint on the paintbrush to get all the way coverage. Okay, Saucy and just alrighty, friends. I'm back and I'm finished with this part of my project. What I'm going to do now is I'm going to allow this to dry completely. Reason why it needs to dry completely is because if it's even a little tiny, bit wet, the black will smear and smudge into the other colors. So you have to be really, really careful with that. All right, Another reason I forgot to say before, But the reason why you started the top is because if you started the top than your hand as its painting will not get all smearing with all your other paint. Like if you started at the bottom, it would be harder for you to control if the paint smears or not. So I'll be back in about an hour or so when this is dry and, yeah, do you, then? 3. Apply Color to the Painting: Alrighty, friends. I'm back. And my black outline painting is completely dry, so we are ready to go onto the next step. So the next step is going to be feeling in these bubbles right here with some white paint. And you might be thinking, Well, why are we putting some white paint on there? If they're already white, it just creates more of a finished look if you have paint on every part of your paper, all right. So I'm going to dry this paint brush off fairly dry fairly completely, because we're not going to be using water with this particular project. So I put a little bit of white paint on to my palette, and I'm just going to start at the top, and I'm just going to fill in my white bubbles my white circles with some white paint and we're going to do is I'm going to speed up the video so you can either watch me or you can get started on. I will be back in just a moment after I'm finished. And then we will start applying some different colors onto our artwork. Okay, I'll see in a minute. Already. Friends. I'm back, and I'm finished painting the bubbles in with the white paint, and I'm going to get started with my other colors. So we want to make sure that we rinse out our paint brush thoroughly, and then after you rinse it out, make sure that you dry it off with your handy dandy paper towel. Because for this project, we're not going to be using water. Okay, that's why we have our paper tell to help us with that kind of thing. So I'm going to squirt some paints out onto my palate. We'll start with a little bit of orange, and we don't need a lot at all. We need just a tiny bit of each color. Remember, you can add more color. If we need two more paint onto our palate. It's harder to get the paint back into the tube or into the bottle. Then it is to pour more out. So that's why I always start with a small amount, just poured it right there on the palate, thes air, the colors that I've chosen now you might decide to choose completely different colors, and that is a okay, that's just fine. So it's up to you and what you like. I don't have any blue in this selection of colors. Let me scooch those aside. And here we go. So we have orange, pink, yellow, red, purple And I also have black and white if I need to use them again. So what I'm going to do is I am going to choose one of these areas in the middle of my painting. I could choose this one or this one. I think I'm going to choose this one, and I'm going to place a color in there and I'd like to use red. And I'm going to try to be pretty careful while I put this red inside my area that I'm going to paint. Keep in mind if you go a little bit on your black line, that's okay. No problem. We'll show you how you can fix that later. If you want. Teoh, I actually happen to like the look where you go a little bit over onto the black. I just That's just my preference. Okay, so I want to make sure that this pain is nice and thick has the coverage. I don't want any white spots showing and I go all the way across just like this. Perfect. Now what I'm going to dio is I am going. Teoh, rinse the rat off of this paintbrush. You know I'm going to dry this off. Very careful. When im drying, just give it a little pinch. I don't want to scrub it. Otherwise the paint brush will not feel good. Okay, Next, I am going to put some more color and I'm going to put the same color here and here on either side of the red. Ok, so I think what I'm going to do is I am going to use pink. I'm going to put pink on either side of my red. So let me do that. And then after I do that, what I'm going to dio is I'm going to speed up this video so you can get started or you can watch me do some speed painting. So let me get the color on here. I might need some more pink because that looks like I'm running a little bit low. Remember? I'm trying to go slowly in carefully, so I do my best job with this particular project. You do have to go kind of slow that way you can do your best job, so I have not Here. Here we go. Perfect. And then I'm going to talk. Also, put the color inside this one. Now, let me stop right there and explain to you what I'm going to do next so I can speed up the video. So next I'm going to put another color here in this spot, and then I'm going to put the same color here. Here said these two are going to be the same. And then I'm going to do the same with this one and this one. So as we go out from the red, the colors are going to be the same on either side. Okay, I do. I am going to have one extra one down here and I'll decide what to do when I get to that point. But I'm going to speed at the video. You can either watch me or you get started. I'll see in a minute already. Friends. I'm back and I'm finished. And I really like the way that this turned out. I'm so, so happy with it. I think it looks really beautiful. Now, if you'd like to go over your black outline lines again. If you got some paint on your black line, What you can do is make sure that you have a dry then paintbrush, maybe even the one that you started out with, the one that you made the outline with and just make sure it's dry and you dip it into your black and you go over areas that you feel should have more of a solid black color. Okay, so you could do that. It's actually a good idea if you like that. Look, now, what I said before is that I like it when color goes over the black a little bit. But for this particular project, if you would like to go over that black line again, uh, just to make it a little bit more solid, please do so. So you basically just very carefully go over the line very, very carefully. Go over the line with black and it will create a more solid black line. Okay, so I'm going to go do that and you can get started on your own project. I really, really hope that you enjoyed this and I'll see you next time by