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

Art for Kids: Drawing, Watercolor Painting, and Coloring a Cute Cartoon Tabby Cat Step-By-Step

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Art for Kids: Drawing, Watercolor Painting, and Coloring a Cute Cartoon Tabby Cat Step-By-Step

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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

      1:17
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Tabby Cat

      9:28
    • 3. Step 2: Color the Design

      6:42
    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Background

      3:32
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Are you looking for a drawing and watercolor 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, Watercolor Painting, and Coloring a Cute Cartoon Tabby Cat 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 three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Tabby Cat
  • Step 2: Color the Tabby Cat
  • Step 3: Watercolor 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 color the cat, then 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 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 good day 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 do not need to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful in this project. Today we are going to be creating this cute cat and mouse. And we are going to be using the following supplies. You will need some watercolor paper. You'll need some water color paints and a paintbrush. You will need some clean water. And a permanent marker. Permanent means that the marker won't spread around. When you add water to it. You will need some crayons. And if you don't have crayons, that's okay. You can use, you can use color pencils, you can use oil pastels. If you don't have crayons, you will need a paper towel and a map to protect your workspace. So go ahead and gather all of those supplies and materials, and I'll see you in the next video. 2. Step 1: Draw a Tabby Cat: Hi friends. So let's get started on our first step of our kitty cat project are KitKat pet project. The first thing that we're going to do is take the cap off our permanent marker and put it on the back so it doesn't get lost. Now we're going to find the middle of our paper. So the middle of my paper is about right here. Towards the right side of your paper. We're going to make a really pretty large circle. So go slowly and carefully and make a really nice big circle, not a giant circle, just to pick one. Alright, that's going to be our cat's head. Now at the top of the head we are going to make some ears and those are going to be an upside-down letter v. So go ahead and do that. Inside those triangles that we just made. We're going to make some smaller triangles with another upside-down V. That'll give, just give a little bit of detail to your ears on your cat. Now we're going to go into the face of our cat. And let's make some eyes. Now the eyes on a cat, they're not completely round. So we're going to make a curved line. And then underneath this curve y, we're going to make another curve line coming up in touching. And then we're going to do the same thing on the other side. Curved line and then another curve line underneath. Now remember this is more of a cartoon. It's not super realistic. But this is about the shape of a cat psi. Inside these eyes, we're going to make some curve lines going this way and this way. Same thing on this. I over here. Curved line and curve line. And then down the middle, we're going to make a straight line. And another straight line. If you want to double that up, I like to do that to make it stand out a little bit more. You don't have to do that. But if you'd like to, above the eyes, I always like to make some little circles to add a little bit more detail. Because cats have these little whiskers that come out right above their eyes. Now let's make his little triangular shaped nose. And then a little smile underneath. I like to make whiskers on my cat. So I'm just going to make two whiskers on each side. If you'd like to make two or three whiskers or however many whiskers you'd like. Okay, look at how cute that is. Theirs are cats face. Remember if at any time I get going a little bit too fast for you, just pause the video and then catch up, and then you can restart it again. Alright, so now I'm going to make the cat's body over here on the left-hand side. I'm going to start my line. Probably about the mid-point of his the top of his head. And I'm just going to make a really big letter C in. It's going to end up about right here. It's not going to end up at his chin is going to be a little bit left of his face. Watch what I mean. So I started out here. I come up and they come down. And I end up about right here. Alright, so it's like a giant letter c that starts right at the top of his head. Now we're going to continue on with this line and we are going to make his tail. So I'm going to continue on with that line. And then I'm going to stop about right there. I'm not going to go around and around and around. I'm going to stop because this is going to be the end of my cat's tail. Now that we have this line where we want it to be, we're going to make the end of our cat's tail. So we're going to come around and go slowly and carefully, make a backwards letter C and come up to about right about there, about that point. So as you can see, the cats faces here. His body's here, in his tail is right here. Now we need, we need to make his little feet. So as little feet are going to go underneath his head. And the way that I like to make cat feet are just an upside down U and then close up. And then right next to it, an upside down U and close up. So you can see it there a little bit to the left of my cat's head and face. I'm going to add a little bit of detail. Inside. Those are his little claws, his little lets say tos. And then we need to connect his head and body to his feet. So what we're going to do is we're just going to make a little line here that connects his head to his feet. A little line here, and a little line here. Alright. So there you go. There's your cat. Now what we're going to do is we are going to make something for a cat to play with. In my cat is going to play with a little mouse and their friends. So down here I'm going to make a mouse. You don't have to make a mouse. You can make a ball or you can make anything that you want, some string. But I'm going to make a mouse and I'm going to show you how I make a mouths. So for a mouse, I'm going to put it right here. And I'm going to make an upside down U. I'm going to close it. At the bottom. It's about the same shape as my Cat's foot. I'm going to put some little round ears on my mouse. A little beady eye about right here. And then an area for his nose. I'm going to put some whiskers coming out from the sides of his nose. And I'm going to make a tail coming out. And I'm going to double up fat line like this. I'm going to put just very tiny little lines for his tiny little feet. Alright, so I have my cat and my mouse. Now I'm going to put a background in. The background is just going to show where the cat and the mouse far during this time. So I'm going to have them in the house and I'm going to make a floor right here. And then in the background that'll be the wall. This is what's called a base board, and this is the board that attaches the wall to the floor. Alright, so now I'm going to make my floor in the way that I'm going to make it. I'm not going to make lines coming straight down. I'm going to have lines coming out diagonally from my cat so I wanna make sure that I don't Touch my cats. But I'm going to come out maybe about right here. Remember you are human beings. Lines aren't going to be perfect, just like my lines aren't going to be perfect. But I'm really going to try to space them out. Now that we have our cat or a mouse in our floor, the last thing that we're going to do is we're going to put a little bit of detail in the back on the wall. So I'm going to choose to just put some small hearts on the wall behind my cat. You can choose anything that you want. If you want to put a window back there, if you want to put some circles, or if you just want to keep it plain, you can do that as well. You don't have to do any drawings in the back if you don't want to. But I'm going to go ahead and make my hearts because I think that that would look really cute. Alright? Oh, okay, maybe one over here, tiny ones. I'm going to look to see if there's any spot that needs to be filled in with a little bit of detail. All right. Now that I have my heart's, maybe I'll put one more here. Take a look at your drawing and if there are any spots that you'd like to add a little bit more detail to go ahead and do that now before we start applying our color. In our next step, we are going to start applying color. 3. Step 2: Color the Design: Already friends in this step, what we're going to do is we are going to apply some color to our cat and our mouse. And if you did decide to make any shapes on your wall in the back, you can apply color there as well. In fact, you can apply color, brown colour anywhere that you'd like. If you don't have crayons, you can use markers are colored pencils, or whatever you have available to you. Alright, so what I'm going to do is give you an example. This is just an example. Something that you might want to think about trying. That doesn't mean you need to do the same thing that I do. Ok. I'm going to start out by making some green eyes. So that's just where I'm going to start. If you want to start in a different spot, you can go ahead and do that. I'm just going to make my eyes Green and I'm going to be careful about my drawing. I'm going to try to stay in the lines for this particular project. And I'm just going to very carefully color those eyes in. All right. Now that I'm finished with my eyes, I think I'm going to move on to the nose of my cat. And maybe I'll even make some pink inside of the ears. And then I think I'm going to color my mouse ears pink as well. Now I'm going to move on to my mouse. I'm going to color my mouse girl. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. Notice how I'm not scribble scrambling. I'm just being very careful about where my color is going. Using medium pressure, you know what, I think I'm going to switch, switch back to pink because I want this tail on my mouse to be pink as well. Now that I'm ready to apply color to my cat, this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to pull out my two colors that I'm going to use. This is going to be a tabby cat, so I'm going to use yellow and orange. I'm going to start with my tail. And I'm going to make some stripes on my tail so I know where my color is going to go. So this is just a suggestion for you. You don't have to do this if you don't want to, you get to choose the color for your cat. But I'm just going to start with my tail and I'm going to make some stripes on it. Now, every other space, I'm going to put some medium pressure on my crayon and I'm going to fill in that space with my orange color, with my orange crayon. Now that I'm finished with my orange, I'm going to switch to my yellow. And I hope that you can see this on the video. Already now that I have my tail finished, I'm going to go ahead and start on my body, my ears and my feet. And I'm going to do the same thing that I did on my tail. I'm going to create some stripes. So I'm going to start right here at the end, and I'm going to have my stripes come down this way now. Jump over that tail, come down like this. Okay? And then as you can see, this stripe is a little bit wider but that's okay with me. I don't mind at all. Now on its face, I'm going to have this stripes go a different way. I'm going to have them go this way to create a little bit more interest on my coloring project. So I'm going to do the same thing at this point. I'm going to start coloring and I'm going to speed up the video so you can watch me. And I will see you back here in just a minute. Already friends. So now I'm finished with my cat, and that was a lot of coloring. So I'm going to stretch out my fingers in exercise my hands a little bit before I start adding some color to my hearts. Think for my heart. So I'm going to use a dark pink, more of like a mention to color. So I'm going to go ahead and try to be careful in color in each of my Hertz. So I've decided I'm going to add a little bit of brown on either side of my black marker. Because I think it'll add a little bit more interest to the wood on the floor. I am not going to press very hard on this. I just think it will make it look really, really great if I add just a little bit more detail to this part of my floor. Already friends. So I added a little bit of brown to the floor to add a little bit more color and detail. When we come back in the next step, we will be applying some watercolour paint. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. 4. Step 3: Paint the Background: Already friends. If this step, what we're going to do is we are going to apply some watercolour paint to our drawing. And that'll make the whole entire piece of artwork colorful. So the way that I'm going to prepare my paints for this part of the project is I'm going to put a drop of water in each, into each pan of paint. And what that does is it softens up the pay. It dissolves the pain a little bit. So it's ready for us to use and I'm going to take a minute to do that. Now what we're going to do is take a look at our drawing and decide where we'd like to apply the paint. I am deciding not to apply the paint to my cat or my mouse because I like the colors that I already have on here. Because this is your artwork that you're working on. You can apply paint wherever you want. So I'm just going to show you an example of where I'm going to apply paint. And this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to start here at the top and I'm going to apply a color, probably green because I like how green and yellow and orange together. If you want to pay background blue or brown or yellow, it's completely up to you. I'm going to leave this part white because a lot of times base boards are left white. And then I'm going to paint my floor Brown and I'm not going to get any paint on my mouse. So that's what I'm going to do. Let me show you how I prepare my paint in one of these wells. So with my green I put my green blips, just got a little bit of that awkward turquoise color in there. That'll probably look cool. So I put some green in one of my wells and then I add some water. And what that does is it lightens up the green a little bit if you want a darker color, remember you add more paint. If you want a lighter color, you add more water. So I'm going to test that out, see if I like it. Oh, that's perfect. Alright. So I'm going to just take my time and I'm going to speed this paint painting session up a little bit so you can watch me and then you can get started on your own. I'll see you back here in just a minute. Already friends. I'm back and I really like the way that my cat and my mouse turned out. I hope that you enjoyed this lesson. I'll see you next time.