Art for Kids: Drawing, Coloring, and Watercolor Painting a Cartoon Mouse Step-By-Step | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: Drawing, Coloring, and Watercolor Painting a Cartoon Mouse Step-By-Step

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need.

      1:28
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Mouse

      6:34
    • 3. Step 2: Outline the Mouse Design with Markers

      2:39
    • 4. Step 3: Add Water to the Markers

      2:42
    • 5. Step 4: Paint the Background

      2:20
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About This Class

Are you looking for a drawing and painting project for your child?

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

Are you seeking a healthy activity that will drive creativity and self-confidence in your child? 

This Art for Kids: Drawing, Coloring, and Watercolor Painting a Cartoon Mouse Step-By-Step may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6+.

There are four steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Mouse
  • Step 2: Outline the Mouse With Markers
  • Step 3: Add Water to the Markers
  • Step 4: Paint the Background

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 outline the Mouse with markers, add water to the markers to create a colored wash, then move onto painting background. Students will learn basic drawing and watercolor techniques and apply these techniques to complete their project. This project is designed to give children the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

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Em Winn

Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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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.: Hi friends, how are you? I hope you're having a really good deal today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a drawing and watercolor painting project that was designed especially for kids. You don't need any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project. I will teach you step-by-step how to make this cute mouse and his cute cheese. So you're probably wondering what supplies and materials you will need for this project. Let's go over that. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of watercolor paper. You will need some watercolor paints. You will need a paintbrush. You'll need some water in a cup or bowl. You will need a permanent marker. Permanent means that if you add water to it, it won't run around on your piece of paper. And you will need some regular markers, the type of markers that will run around when you get some water on to them. You'll need a paper towel and you will need a map to protect your workspace. So go ahead and gather all of those supplies and materials and let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Mouse: Already friends. So let's work on step one of our cute mouse drawing. So the first thing that we're going to do is we are going to take the cap off of our marker and put it on the back so it doesn't get lost. And we're going to find approximately the middle of our piece of paper. My metal line would be about right here. And we're going to start at the right side of our piece of paper. Not completely on the end, right next to the edge, but a couple of inches in, maybe about three or four centimetres in. Alright? And we're going to make a shape that's kind of like a tear drop shape. Let me show you what I mean. So we're going to start here at the bottom. We're going to come around and then come back down. So it looks like a tear drop or maybe even a raindrop. Now at the tip of this, we're going to put a circle. And that's going to be the nose of our mouse. And I'm choosing color mine in black. You can choose to do that as well if you want, but you don't have to. Now let's go back up to the top and we're going to make some ears. Mice have a roundish years. So I'm going to make one ear there, and I'm going to make one here. About right here. Now are mouses looking this way. So we're not making them one on this side and one on this side. Okay? The next thing that we're going to do is we're going to move to the middle of our Mouse's face in we're going to make some eyes. So we're just going to make some oval eyes. And then this mouse is going to look a little bit down at some cheese. So we're going to want to make a circle. And then inside that circle will make another circle. And that's going to be the shine mark. And then we're going to fill in around the shiny mark, reflection mark. And then we will continue on. So fill that in with black and make sure that you leave that little shine mark showing. Okay, the next thing we're going to do is add a couple of whiskers, two or three whiskers. Now we're going to move down to the body of our mouse. So coming out a little bit, I would say a little bit in back of the eye. And the straight down we're going to make a curved line. And don't go all the way to the end of our paper because we want to have a little space down here at the, at the bottom. So we have a curved line coming down that's going to be the back of our mouse. Now we're going to make his foot and his knee right here. So we're going to come around, make his little foot just like that. Okay. Did you see what I did? I started at this line. And it came around, made his little foot, and then I came back in a little bit. Now we're going to make his me and that's just going to be a curved line going like this. All right, now we're going to move to this area right here and we're going to put some feet, his little seat, his front feet right here. And remember, because this is a cartoon and they don't have to be realistic. So we haven't upside-down, you close that up. And then right next to the upside-down you were going to make another upside down you and then close that up and even make some toes in there if you'd like. I forgot to put some toast here, so I'm going to do that now. Now we're going to connect these feet to the rest of his body. So I'm going to make a curved line and then I'm going to touch the fee. And then I'm going to close up here at the bottom. Because we want this to be a shape that's all sealed up. Alright, now let's make a tale. The way that I like to make a tale is just to make a curve line with a little swirl at the end. And then I like to double that up like that. Okay, there's our mouths. How cute is he? Alright, now I'm going to make him sitting on the floor. And I'm going to put some cheese down here because mice love cheese. So I'm going to make a line that separates the floor from the wall. So make a line here. And then I'll make another line right above it. It's called the base board. Now this is going to be a wood floor, so I'm going to make some diagonal lines coming out from the mouse's body. When I get to about right here, I'm going to stop because I want to put some cheese here. Let me show you how I make cheese if you want to make it a little bit differently, or if you want to not put cheese there or put something else, you can go ahead and do that. I make a triangle. And then at this corner of the triangle, at this angle, I make a straight line down. In, at this angle, I make another straight line down. And then I close those two lines up so it makes it more of a three-dimensional piece of cheese. And I'm going to put some holes in my cheese. So I'm just going to randomly put some holes. Layer one there, this is swiss cheese. Here we go. Now that we know where our cheese is, we're going to finish her floor. Alright. If there's anything else that you'd like to add to this drawing, go ahead and do it now. And what we're going to do in the next step is we are going to apply some barker. So go ahead and add any details that you'd like and we'll see you back here in the next video. 3. Step 2: Outline the Mouse Design with Markers: Already friends. In this step, what we're going to do is we are going to add some marker to our cute drawing of our mouse. So I think I'm going to put some yellow marker on my cheese. And I think I'm going to use blue for my mouse. And I know that there are really blew mice around in the world. But I thought that blue would be cute. And besides, this is a cartoon drawings. So I think I will start with the yellow. And you might not be able to see this very well because yellow's pretty light. But basically what I'm doing is I'm following the lines with my yellow just along the edges. Now let me start with my mouse. So I'm going to go along the edges of my mouse like this. And I'm turning my marker more toward the sides, not straight up and down. Okay. So I'm going to the side and I'm going to go along the edges. And I'm growing slowly, carefully, so I do my best work to come around. And I'm not coloring the whole Shapin and just going right along the edge. Do you see how I did that? Going to do the same on his body? And you can play around with your marker and decide how you want to do this. But I'm going to show you a technique where we add a little bit of water to this. So you'll want to have a nice thick line along the edge. Already friends now I have my mouse outlined, I have my floor outlined, and I have my cheese outlined with marker. In the next step, what we're going to do is we're going to apply some water in a special way to all of these areas. And basically what will happen is the marker will turn into watercolour paint. So I'll see you back here in the next video. 4. Step 3: Add Water to the Markers: Already friends In this video, I'm going to add some clean water to my marker, and my marker will dissolve and turn into what looks like watercolour paint. Let me show you what I mean. I'm going to start with the lightest color, which is yellow. So I'm going to apply some water to my yellow. And I'm not sure if you can see that, but it basically turned into watercolour paint. All right, let me show you on the pink. So I'm going to start here at that water. I'm going to pull the color into the center. So the outside of the year of my analysis a little bit darker. But as you go on to the inside, it gets a little bit lighter, gets some more water on there, and do the same thing. So if you don't have access to watercolor paints, you can always make watercolor paints on your own with markers and a little bit of water. Let me add some to my tail. Basically the water dissolves the marker. So I have my cheese That's already dissolved. I have my ears, and now I'm going to move on to my mouse. So I'm going to apply some water. Look at that, that's cool. Going to apply that water. And I'm going to pull the color in after I get that applied. That looks cool. That almost looks like a science project right there. Okay, now I'm going to pull that color in the center. So my whole mouse is blue. Blue mouse. Alrighty friends. So I'm going to allow my painting to dry for about ten minutes. And when we come back and we're going to finish up with some watercolour paint for the background. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. 5. Step 4: Paint the Background: In this step we are going to apply some color to our background. You can use either crayons or you can use colored pencils or markers. But what I would suggest because it's kind of a big space, is to use watercolor paints if you have them available. That's what I'm going to use, but you can feel free to use whatever you'd like. So what I'm going to do is I am going to prepare my watercolor paints. I know that I'm going to be using green. So I'm just going to put some water inputs, some green paint in one of my wells. And then I'm just going to start painting. I'm going to start painting from the top coming down. So you can watch me do that if you'd like, or you can get started on your own painting or coloring your background. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. Rejection is cheaper. Which already friends cell. I'm finished painting my background. I wanted to mention, if you want to add a little bit more detail to your background, what you can do is you can, after your paint dries, you can add a little bit of marker detail. So you can put some dots, you can put some spots, you can put some hearts, whatever you'd like to decorate your background. Alright? So take a look at your painting, congratulate yourself because you did such a good job. And I will see you in the next lesson.