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Art for Kids: Draw and Watercolor Paint a Hummingbird in a Wildflower Garden

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Hummingbird

    • 3. Step 2: Paint Wildflowers

    • 4. Step 3: Outline Hummingbird and Wildflowers

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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Hummingbird in a Wildflower 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 three steps in this art project:

Step 1: Draw the Hummingbird

Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Wildflowers

Step 3: Outline the Hummingbird and Wildflowers

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:

  • Watercolor Paint
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Watercolor Paint Brush
  • Pencil with Eraser
  • paper towels
  • bowl of water
  • mat to protect work area

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 This Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. Today we will be creating this beautiful hummingbird in a wild flower garden. So I am excited about this project because I love to just paint loose in free and it's very relaxing, so I hope that you feel the same way about this project. There will be a couple of things that you will need for this project, and number one is paper, so this is a watercolor paper. It's a thicker paper and if you don't have specifically a watercolor paper, you could just find any big paper. And that should dio. You will also need some water color. Pains are like this said, because it has a lot of different colors. But if you have a different scent that will work fine, you will also need some. Clearwater Clearwater is important for this project because in the beginning we will have to paid our hummingbird with clear water, so it's important that it's clean. You will need to paint brushes. You will need a smaller paintbrush for the detail, work the black and the larger one. We will be applying the colors with all right. And then you will also need a handy dandy paper towel for messes and spills and clean ups and testing. I tested some black on this one. You will also need a mat underneath your work area or newspaper, or some sort of a covering for your table or your floor. Wherever you are working. The last thing that you will need is a pencil. We're going to be drawing our hummingbird with a pencil first. So you will need one of those. A pencil with any racer is best, just in case you need to erase. Alrighty, friends. I'm excited about teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Hummingbird: Alrighty. So here we are. We are going to create our hummingbird and the wild flower garden. So what we're going to do first is we're going to take our pencil and we are going to find an area towards the upper part of our paper. And I am going to choose this left hand area right up here, and I'm going to start by making a hummingbird. So my hummingbirds going to be over here and then in the background and to the right more are going to be in a wild flowers. So let me show you how to create how to draw a hummingbird. I'm going to be using a pencil, and you can use a pencil or you can use Ah, marker. Whatever you have available to you, I'm going to press pretty hard with my pencil so you can see this on the video. However, you do not need to press that hard because you will be able to see your own line. And if you press really hard sometimes with a pencil, it will leave a mark that you can't erase. So I'm going to press fairly hard, and I'm just going to make a shape that looks like this. It's almost like an upside down. See, that's going to be our hummingbird's head. Then what we're going to do is take this area at the bottom of our line and we're going to make another curved line like this and at the bottom of this line, we're going to make another curved line like this and it's going to come to a little point now. What we're going to Dio is we're going to make a wing and our wing is going to go a little bit down from the head, and it's basically just going to be a straight line hitting the edge of our paper Now. If your hummingbird is a little bit more towards the middle, then I would suggest that you maybe go about two or three inches, maybe five or six centimeters with this line. Then what you're going to dio is you're going to go from the end of the line and you're going to make a curve line back to the hummingbirds body that's going to be in the top wing and then we're going to make another wing down here at the bottom and it's going to be a curved line, come to a point and come back to the hummingbirds body just like that. Now for the tail. What we're going to do is we're going to just come out at an angle, come out at an angle, and then just make some edges that go like this going all the way across. This is a humming bird in flight, so his wings were spread. Now we're going to make some little feet here because he's flying. And then we're going to make a nice long speak and an eye. There we go. All right, So what we're going to do is we are going to start painting and we're going Teoh. Like I said before, paint our hummingbird here and some wild flowers here. 3. Step 2: Paint Wildflowers: alrighty. So here we have a hummingbird and we here we have our paints, and what we're going to do first is we're going to wake up our paints. And the way that we wake up our pains is we put one or two drops of water in the colors that you feel like you're going to use, So I feel like I'm going to use most of these colors. So I'm going to put one or two drops in each of the little paint pans. In that way, the colors will wake up and they will be ready for us when we need them. All right, including black, because we will be needing black a little bit later. So what I'm going to do first, while my water is still clean and clear is I am going to put some clear water inside my hummingbird, the wings, the body, the head and the tail. And then what I'm going to dio after I do that is I am going to play some color inside of this hummingbirds body and wings and tail, and the color will spread around. So this isn't This is more of Ah, a cartoon hummingbird. it's not super realistic, but I would like to use relatively realistic color. So I'm going to use some green and then I'm just going to place it right here on the head, See how that spreads around. So I'm going to use some green, and then I'm going to rinse my brush and then I'm going to use It's kind of like a turquoise color down here. Look at that. Look at how pretty that looks. And with watercolor, you don't have that much control sometimes, which is one of the beautiful things about watercolor, in my opinion. And then I'm going to use in blue. So I'm just going toe lightly dab it on there, and it kind of spreads around on its own. And then I'm going to use some purple for this wing right here. We'll put some over here is well and maybe even down here at the bottom. A lot of water on my hummingbird right now, so I don't need a whole lot more water like that. Get it to the way that you want it. But make sure that you don't mix the colors too much with your paintbrush because then it will just come one mass of a color. It will become one massive a color. All right, I'm going to leave my hummingbird alone for just a minute, and I'm going to move over here to my wildflowers. So former wildflowers, I'm just going to start painting. And I'm not going to put ah whole lot of planning or thought into the shapes that I'm putting down at this point because after I put the paint down and let it dry, then we're going to come back in with some black and we're going to do a little bit of outlining, so it's going to be very, very loose. So I'm going to start out with some light colors first, maybe some yellow. And do you see how I'm not spending a lot of time? All I'm doing is I'm just putting some colors down in some different shapes. We'll do some orange. It's kind of a shape. He's the more orange over here, and I want to make sure that I don't touch my hummingbird, because what will happen because the hummingbird is so wet is all of the colors that you touch him with will go into the hummingbird, and I want to keep him pretty much those colors. So I think I'll put a little bit of red, a little bit more water with that and then maybe a little bit of a little bit of this color here. It's a more water with that. You don't see very many flowers in nature, this color, but that's OK. If it's not a realistic picture, you could make whatever colors you want. And then I think I'll just put a little bit more orange down here, a little bit money. All right, so now what I'm going to do now that I have these flowers down, I'm going to start to fill in the space with my greens, just going to fill in fairly quickly with my greens. So have a couple different shades of green. With this set, I have a darker and a lighter, and again, I'm not being super duper careful, just kind of going between and it's OK with me if the color spread around a little like that. And again, I'm not going mirror like you little hummingbird because I want to make sure that his colors stay the way that they are a little bit more green over here. Make sure you have a lot of water. Make sure that you have a lot of water on your paintbrush. And then down here, I'm just going to fill this in with a little bit more green. I'm writing to put a little bit of yellow down here like that. Look, greens and yellows together. It's pretty cool. So this is a fund project. If you just want something quick to dio quick and easy, it's a really fun project. What I might think about doing to is just putting some dots some dots of color around. Spread them around a little, even if you're thinking about putting some stems down here, going in the up and down motion already. I'm really happy with that. I think that that looks great. So this is my wild flower garden with my hummingbird, and what I'm going to do is I'm going to let this completely dry and then, after it's completely dry, what I'm going to do is come in with a very, very small paintbrush, and I'm going to dip it into my black and creates an outlines for my flowers in my flower garden. Okay, so I'll see you in just a little bit 4. Step 3: Outline Hummingbird and Wildflowers: already friends. I'm back and look at my beautiful, beautiful watercolor painting. It is dry. So because it's Dr Beacon start on the next step of our project. It's the next step is basically just getting a very small paintbrush. It's pretty tiny if you have one, and we're just going to be using the black for this part. So I already have my black hair that has some water in it. So it's set for me to go, and basically what I'm going to do is I'm just going to be putting an outline onto each one of these flowers and by an outline, I mean, I'm just going to go around it, maybe put a tiny bit of detail on the inside, but I'm not going to be going over each and every little line. Let me show you what I mean. So I have, uh, paintbrush. It doesn't have too much pain on it, and I'm just going to kind of test it out on my piece of paper. Towel looks perfect, and I might need a little bit more on there, and then I'm just going to start painting, so I'm going to maybe put it a little circle there and maybe son curved lines there. That looks pretty good to me. Move on to the next one. Got that one. Got a little bit of a chunk of black on it, so I wanna wipe that off. So there's that. Then I'm going to make some just very loose lines just like that. All right? And like I said, if I do not follow exactly the paint line, that's OK. That's OK for this particular project. See how I'm going around? All right, we do this one here, maybe do a different type of a flower. More of maybe, like a little daisy. This one. Maybe I'll go like this. So it's very loose and very fun. Almost finished. So good. Put a circle with maybe a few dots inside. I need a little bit more black paint. Go. And then on my hummingbird, I am going to put a few little lines on him as well, just following the pencil line. Well, don't forget his feet. And as I You know what I can do to I could put a few little lines here when his wings. I love that. All right, let's put some stems. So we're basically just going to put some straight lines down, You remember? Just keep it loose. What do you think? This is actually one of my favorite projects. And if you want to put some little leaves, that's always a good idea. It is very loose. Any place that you see that you might need to leave. And if you have some space here without a flower, Actually, I remember I put a blue flown right here. So we make that into a flower. Oh, perfect. You hear? Want to maybe make this type of a plant? See how I'm just making, uh, it's almost like a s shaped curve. You shape not playing some little leaves on it. Maybe you need like, a shorter one over here. This is actually a really relaxing project. If you want to relax and just pain and let your mind kind of takeover in your heart always a good thing you see any other areas that you feel might need a little bit more detail or a little bit of black, that kind of thing. Um, go ahead and go for it. Oh, I think it's really pretty. I hope you like it And I hope you had most importantly, I hope you had fun with this project. No, I have been teaching you. Alrighty. We'll see you next time By