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Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Frog on a Lily Pad

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Frog on a Lily Pad

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Drawing the Frog and Background

    • 3. Step 2: Watercolor Painting the Frog and Background

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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Frog on a Lily Pad 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 two steps in this art project:

Step 1: Draw the Frog and Background

Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Frog and 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 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
  • Permanent Marker
  • 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 day today. Today we will be creating this cool and cute painting of a frog on a lily pad. So I wanted to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing you'll need is a piece of paper. I'm using a watercolor paper here. It's a thick paper that holds water well, and if you have a watercolor paper to use, that would be the best. If you don't, any thick paper should dio. The next thing that you'll need are some watercolor paints, so I have some pains here. I like this particular set because it has a lot of different colors. And as you can see, I did some mixing of some different colors here. For this project, you will also need a clean cup or a bowl of water and a few different sizes. A paintbrush if you have them for this project. Because there are some small spaces, I would suggest smaller paintbrushes and then for the larger spaces, like the sky and maybe the water, you can use maybe a medium sized paintbrush, so you need a cup of water, clean water and some paintbrushes. You will also need ah permanent marker. The permanent marker is important because it will not smear and smudge around when you apply water to it, so it must be permanent. Handy dandy paper towel is always nice to have around or spills, and if you want to do a little bit of a testing of a color, and then the last thing that you'll need is a mat to go underneath your artwork that will help with cleanup. And if you put it on your floor or on your table top wherever you're working and then you put your artwork on top of that, it's very helpful for clean apus. If you have that, that would be great Already. Friends. I look forward to teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Drawing the Frog and Background: already friends. So let's get started. The first thing that you want to do is you will come down from the top of your paper about 1/3 of the way, and we're going to make a shape that looks like this. It's almost like a diamond shape, but the angles air, very soft, meaning that they're not sharp. Okay, so it's not like pointy, pointy, pointy, pointy. They're very rounded and soft. That is going to be our frog's head. The next thing that we're going to do is on these upper lines were going to make some u shapes like this, and they're pretty large compared to his head shape. These are going to be the eyes of our frog inside of those you shapes. What we're going to do is make a smaller you just like that. And then on the inside of those were going to make a circle and then inside of those circles, we're going to make a smaller circle towards the top, and then we're going to fill in the bottom portion of that circle just like that. So they'll be a little shine mark on the eyes of our frog. Alrighty. The next thing that we're going to do is we're going to create a smile for our frog. So my frog is going to have a smile that looks like this. It's just a wide you with some little lines of the end. And then I'm going to put a little tongue sticking out because I know that frogs sometimes have their tongues sticking out with some nostrils, which are just little ovals filled in. So there's my frogs face and head and eyes. Now what we're going to do is we're going to create a body for our frog. So the body is going to be down here and it's going to be a shape. It kind of looks like a sea along. See, that's on its side. So let me show you what I mean. So I come down and then I come back up. So I thought I was to turn my paper. It would look like a C. The next thing that we're going to do is create some arms for our frog and the arms this side on my frog, and great teachers decide for him to be holding something so the arm is going to go up a little. Let me show you how to make a frog arm. Now, the thing about it is, even though this is a cartoon frog, we're going to make his arms nice and thin. So we're going to come down. So we start at the corner here and we come down and then we come down with a line that is running parallel to the first line and then we go up and then we go up just like that at the edge of thes two lines. What we're going to do is make some fingers. You can choose to make three or four fingers, just depending on what you like. So I think I'm going to create four. I have room for four and then at the tip of each of those lines, we're going to make some circles for his little pads. And then, like I said, we'll have him holding something in a moment. But we're going to finish making the frog first before we move on to the background, suffer this arm right here. This arm can go down. Or it could be up a swell. It's up to you. So what? I'm going to do is I'm going to have his arm come out maybe a little bit lower than this one. So I'll make it come out like this with my parallel lines, and then I'll make it come up just like that. And then I will do the same thing for his fingers, come out and then back in, come out and then come back in. And then at the end of each of those fingers, I'm going to make a circle for a little pat for each one of his fingers. Excellent. Now what we're going to do is we're going to move down to his legs in his feet, so they're going to be approximately right here, coming out this way because he's going to be sitting on a lily pad. All right, so I'm going to come out and I'm going to make again, then legs coming back this way a little. And then again, I'm going to make some toes. So one to three four with little pads at the end. Same thing on this side. So I come down and I come down with straight lines, and then I come down again with parallel straight lines and then I make some little toes with a little pads at the end. Oh, look how cute he is. He's really coming together. All right, now I'm going to go back up to the frog's body, and I am going to make him wearing some overalls, and I know that that's not realistic. But that's just what I want for my particular picture. If you'd like to leave your frog without any clothes on, then that would be fine as well. And you could just watch what I'm doing. So it's up to you to make overalls. What you'll dio is you'll make a curved you, and then what you can dio is you could come down from the top, make a line and cover it around. It almost looks like a J, but it's a little more square come down and the same thing on the other side. Let me put some buttons here. Hey, that looks funny. And then I'm also going to put some stripes on his overalls. I think that stripes down here, I'm going to put vertical Vertical is up and down. There we go. Now. I think what I'll do right here, actually I was thinking maybe I would put some little some little decorations on here, but I think I'm going to leave this part for his skin, so he'll just have some overalls without a little shirt on. Okay, The next thing that we're going to dio is we're going to create something above here, and what we're going to create is a flower, and the ARF rock is going to be holding a flower over his head. So before we actually make our stem for flower, we're going to make the actual flower. All right, so you can make any type of flower that you like, but I am going to make a flower that looks a little bit like an umbrella. So let me show you how you do that. So you make an oval and then coming down from the oval, you make some curved lines, and then what you'll do is you'll make some use that are connected to each other, and then you're going to come down on each side with the curved line and do that again. I got pretty close to my frog right here. That's OK. And then I'm going to make some little lines just to add a little bit more detail inside. I'm going to make a you and fill it in, then at the top here. What I'm going to do is I'm going to make a shape that looks like this. It's a line, and then it comes down and it touches my frogs hand, and then I'm going to do the same thing on the other side. So basically, it's a curved line that comes down and touches his hand, and then another curve line that travels pretty much parallel to touch his hand. Now I want this to be a little bit longer, so I'm going to bring this line down, Lipsey, and then bring this line down like that and then close it up at the end. So that's going to be a little flower that he's holding over his head now. What I'm going to do is I'm going to come down here to the bottom part of our paper, and our frog is going to be sitting on a lily pad, so I'm going to create a lily pad for him to sit on. So I start by making a curved line right here behind his leg. That looks like this. And the same on the other side. Just like this. A curved line from each side. Then what I'm going to do is I'm going to make a syriza views coming across like this that connects this curve line to this curve line. But what you notice is that when I get to his legs, I jump over those legs because I don't want that line to go through his legs. That way, it looks like his legs are in front of lily pad. Now I'm going to make another line that goes parallel to the initial line to give it a little bit more death. Then what I'm going to do is I'm going to create just create a few little lines. There we go. Perfect. Now this lily pad is going to be sitting on top of some water, so we're going to make a water line in the water lines going to be right here. It doesn't have to be perfectly straight, so we have our line here for our water. We go across making sure that we're not touching the lily pad or his legs, and then we come out the other side just like that. All right, On top of the water line, what we're going to do is create a few more little plants coming up. So what I'm going to do to create these plants is I'm basically going to choose a center mark and put a dot and then what I'm going to do is I'm just going to make some curves, lights going out to a point and bring them back in out to point and bring them back in out to point and bring them back in all the way down. And I'm going to do the same thing over on this side. So I create a point, and then I come out going to come in. If there's a different type of a plant that you'd like to create, go ahead and do that. I've just seen this type of a plant on the water, so I think that it looks cool already. Now let's go below the surface off the water, and, as you know, or as you've probably learned, there's a lot going underneath water. Usually there are different life forms, like fish. Sometimes there are crabs are little shellfish So I'm going to teach you how to make a fish . And if there's a different type of a fish that you would like to create, that would be fine as well. So this is the type of fish that I'm going to create on this piece of paper. So I haven't I. And then on top of that, I I'm going to make a line, and then I'm going to come out with a curved line and close it up. That's going to be his eyelid. Now remember, this is not a realistic fish. It's a cartoon fish. So it might look a little bit different and funny, and that's what I'd like. So for his nose, I'm going to come down and make it a little bit pointy. Come back in. So this is going to be his mouth and come back down like this and then come back with the curved line. Yeah, right here. I'm going to make a little bit more of a line here, so it looks like there's a little bit of a depth there for this part of his body. I'm going to make a curved line that goes like this and then I am going to make a tale come down. What did you see? How I jumped over his foot and then I'm going to close at the fish. So here's this tale and I'm going to put a line here are curved line. Maybe put a few little decorations here, give him a pupil, make a little been for his side. And basically a fin is just a curved line, a curve line in a curve line, then on top of the fish. Now there's not that much room. So what will need to do is we'll just need to make a very small compact fin for the top. And then I think I'd like to make a couple of scales. So what we'll do is we'll make a series of use just like that. Did you see how I jumped over his side? Fin don't want to run into that. Said those were my skills on my fish and then down here on the tail and just going to make some stripes. Alrighty. So what I'm going to do next is I'm going to create a little bit of I m a little bit of detail down here So I'm going to make the floor of my leg, and then I'm going to create a couple of little rocks. So to make a rock, you make a line. But it doesn't have to be a perfect line. And then you come up and go like this. That's how I make a rock and rocks air Good to make when you're creating a picture like this because you can fill in some space and then you can even put some little plants down here is kind of like a curvy line and then a curvy line coming down. You can even put some little backward sees and forward sees on your plants like this. You can basically make any type, uh, plant that you'd like underneath the water. It's up to you. These are just some ideas. So I'm making some little tiny sees on there. Oh, look at that. It's really coming together, right? If there is anything else at this point that you see that you'd like to dio go ahead and do it. For example, if you see some space that you feel needs to be filled up, I would put something there because this is the type of a project where it's nice if it has a lot of color in a lot of detail. So I see some space here, and I see some space here that I'd like to fill up. So I think I'm just going to create a few more plants. So what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to just start here and I'm going to come up with Cem curvy lines. And then I'm going to follow those curvy lines just like that. And then on the other side, I think I'm going to do the same, making sure I don't touch my frog. Although if you want to touch your frog, that would be fine. See how I'm just following along the same line, and then I think I'm going to just put some little leaves on there. Just give it a little bit more detail. It's up to you. You might not have that much room. Put a few leaves on this one as well. What's important when you're doing art is that you do what you want to dio. I'm just giving you some guidelines and suggestions, but it is important to do what you want to dio. All right, I'm really happy with that. I think he looks really cool. So when we come back, what we're going to do is we're going to paint the frog in with some watercolor paints, and I'll see in a minute. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Painting the Frog and Background: already friends. So I'm back. And what we're going to do right now is we are going to paint in our painting. So the first thing that I suggest that you dio with your watercolor paints is you prepare them. And the way that you prepare them is you put a drop of water drop or two of water into each pan. And what that does is it wakes up your watercolor paints so that when you are ready to paint with that particular color, your paint will be ready for you. That's a really good tip that my art teacher gave to me when I waas young and just starting out. So I choose all of the colors that I want to use. And then I put a little drop of painted and then they will be ready in about a minute. All right, so what we're going to do is we're going to paint this entire picture and I'm going to start with the frog. The reason why I'm starting with the frog is because it is the center of my painting and I want to make sure that I get the colors just right. I think I'm going to paint my frog green. And then I am going to paint the lily pads and the plants may be a different shade of green . I am not sure about this guy yet remembers the cartoons. You can choose any colors that you'd like if you'd like to paint Ah, pink or red frog. That would be OK as well. What I like to dio is I kind of like to have a loose plan, which means that if I want to change my mind, that's OK as I'm going along. But I want to just kind of start planning it out. And then if I pivot or change, that's that's gonna be just fine. So I'm using a smaller paintbrush or two for this particular project. And let me tell you why. Because if we have smaller areas to paint, it really comes in handy to have a smaller paintbrush. The reason why is because you are able to get into smaller areas. If you have a huge brush like, let's say, this one, that would be really hard to paint these small areas and right, so I'm going to use a smaller paintbrush when it comes to this sky area. What I might do is I might get a little bit of a larger paintbrush. Maybe this size, that might be a good size for my sky. Um, but for the most part, I'm going to be using a smaller paintbrush. So I just wanted to let you know that. So I'm going to start painting, and you can follow along and watch me, Or what you can do is you can just get started on your own. I am going to speed up this video so that you can watch me pink quickly. I'm just going to start here, and I'm just going to work my way out. And, um, I'm looking forward to seeing, you know, emitted already friends. What do you think? They think I really, really like him. He looks really cool. I have a couple of things that I'd like to mention. So this is water color. Watercolor paint can be a little bit unpredictable. What that means is that it kind of does what it wants to dio, right. And that's actually why I really like it. Uh, sometimes you don't have a lot of control over water color paint. So what has happened is if you look up here and down here, a little bit of it got blended in. And that's the look that I'm looking for. Okay? This is a very loose and watery type situation going on here with the frog and the water and the fish. So that's okay with me. So if you look here, see how the green has kind of spread into the blue? I love that. I love how that looks. Now I have a couple more things to Dio. I have his buttons that I want to paint in. And then I also have the vines coming up that I'd like to paint in. It'll only take me a minute. The reason why I'm doing that last is because I wanted the water color paint to drive just a little before I started painting because I want to keep this spreading on those two particular things to a minimum. So I'm going to take my smaller brush and I'm going to choose my green. And what I'm going to do is I'm just going to come up and follow it like this. Come back down. It was like that notice. I'm not being super careful. I'm not going like this Who need to stay in the lines now. I'm just kind of going along going like that. All right, that's one line. Let me do the other one. No, I'm coming up. Coming over. Get a little bit more peed on there. Nellie's just like batch. All right? Now, if this sky behind was was wet, then the color green would probably spread all over the place. But I wanted it to dry just a little. So his buttons. I'm just going to make a nice bright orange. And remember, with watercolor paints, the more paint that you put on your brush and the less water the more solid and dark the color will be. And if you want the color to be nice and light and transparent, which means you can see through it a little bit more than you would use more water. Alrighty. I hope you like this lesson and we'll see next time. Bye.