Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Puppy Dog | Em Winn | Skillshare

Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Puppy Dog

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Dog

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Dog


About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Puppy Dog Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 5+.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Dog
  • Step 2: Paint the Dog With Watercolor Paints

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:

Let's start creating!


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 cute and colorful puppy dog. I'd like to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need to be successful in this class. The first thing that you will need is a piece of paper. I use a heavy water color piece of paper. If you do not have watercolor paper, that's okay. Just use any thick paper. You'll want to make sure that the paper is nick so that it can hold water and it can hold paint. The next thing you'll need is some watercolor paints. I like this set because it has a lot of different color options. The next thing that you need is some clean water. It is important that your water is clean, although once you start painting, it will get a little bit dirty. And that's okay. You don't need to keep cleaning it over and over Just as long as you start out with clean water. You will also need ah, large paint brush this paper which is super duper large. If you don't have one this big, that's okay. Just use whatever you have. You'll also need some crayons or oil pastels for this particular project. I used oil pastel, but Kranz will work just fine. You will also need a handy dandy paper towel for quick, clean ups. And sometimes if we wanna lived a little bit of paint off of our painting, we can use a paper towel as well. The last thing that you'll need is a mat to protect your work area. So if you could put some plastic or some paper down to cover up your table or the floor, that would be a really good idea already. Friends. So I'm excited about teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Dog: already friends. So let's get started creating our dog. The first thing that I'm going to do is choose a color from my gran's or my oil pastels. I'm going to use oil pastel for this project. But as I said before, you can use crayon if you like. I'm going to choose a color. I'm choosing black. So what I'm going to do is create a shape that looks like this. I'm going to make it nice and big, so I'm going to make a very curved line. And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to make another line from this line to this line , and it's going to look like this down and up. Okay, so it's like, Ah, you like the letter you. So this is going to be my dog's face. Then I'm going to give him some years, and these were going to hang down and they're going to be kind of floppy. So it's going to be a curved line and then a curve line coming up, same on this side. And if I get going a little fast for you, just make sure that you hit that pause button so there is my dog's face and his ears. Let's create his body so his body is going to come out this way. What I'm going to do to create my body on my dog is I'm going to make a shape that looks like this. It's almost like a backward see. So I start right here on the top of my head a little bit to the right and I come out, come back down and I come back up and I hit whose chin. So that's the body of my dog. The next thing that I'm going to make on my dog are some legs and feet, so dogs have four legs and four feet. So I'm going to make a line coming down from his body in the front and another line and close up. Then I'm going to move down a little bit and I'm going to make the same shape, so line line and close up and I'm going to move to the back of his body. I'm going to make a line line and close up and another line line and close up, so I have 1234 legs. Now let's put some feet on our dog, and I'm just going to make some toes for our dog. I think will make three toes. I believe dogs have more than three toes, but this isn't really a realistic dog. This is more of a cartoon dog, so I think I'm just going to make three big toes. 123123123 and 123 Oh, I think that looks cool. Okay, let's move up to the back side of our dog and make his tail. So we're going to make a curved line coming up and a curved line coming down that's going to be our dog's tail. Let's go back to the face and I'm going to make some eyes, and those are just going to be some eyes that are nice and filled in in black. I'm going to try to make some kind of even there I go. Now I'm going to come down to the nose area and I'm going to make a straight line with a you underneath it and then coming down from the bottom of that you I'm going to make a straight line, so that's going to be his nose and his mouth. Now the thing about it is this is really great and it's really cool, but you might want to add other stuff. You might want to add spots or stripes. You can add anything that you want to this dog. You can even add a bow on the top of the head. If you want to turn this dog into a girl, it's completely up to you. For now, I think I'm just going to leave my dog as is, and when we come back, we will be painting with watercolor paints, so I'll see you in a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Dog: already friends. I'm back. So the first thing that will want to dio before we start painting as we will want to wake up our paints the way that you wake up your paint so they are ready for you to use is you just dropped a couple of drops of water inside each paint pan, and that way you're paints will be ready for you when you are ready to use them. So I put a couple of drops in each pan of paint that I feel like I might want to use now. As I said before, this particular project is not realistic, and that means that it's not rial. It's not a riel looking dog, so basically you can do anything you want with it. You can add any colors or designs that you like. If you feel like you need to add more designs, now is the time to do it before you start painting. If you feel like you're ready to start painting, let's go ahead and paint. So I feel like at looking at my dog, I feel like my dog would be, ah, purple and Blue Dog, so I'm gonna focus on those two colors. So I'm just going to start painting. I'm going to start painting with purple and blue, so I'm going to make his body purple, and I might even add a little bit of blue to mix in there. Well, that's a strong blue, isn't it? Here we go. Push that pain around. Remember, when you are painting friends, we are not going over and over and over the same area over and over again. You need to make sure that you push that paint around. Okay? All right. I think I'm going to add some purple to the tail and some purple to his legs. Here we go. If your colors blend together, that's actually a good thing. So see right here how the colors air, blending together. That's the nature of watercolor paints. That's what watercolor paints really like to do. They like to blend together any work on this puppy's year, work on his other ear, and I think I'm going to have his head more of a bluish color. This one right here. Oh, that's pretty dark. Do you know what you should do if it gets too dark? If it's darker than you'd like you just add a little bit more water out a little bit more water and push that paint around there we go as paint dries. It will also lighten up. So if you think, Oh, that's pretty dark. Don't worry. It will probably lighten up a little bit once it starts to dry. I think I'm going to paint his toes blue, because I'd like to have this whole entire dog be blue and purple. Now, I would like to show you something. Do you see over here how I splashed a little bit of paint as I was painting. No problem. That's why I have my handy dandy paper towel. This kind of stuff happens all the time. So what you do is you take a little piece of your paper towel and you just scoop it right up. You blot it right up. You will barely be able to see it when you add your other colors. Already said the next step is going to be putting a little tiny bit of paint inside here, so I need to be super duper careful with that part. I'm just going to use a tiny, tiny bit of black. See That's just a tiny bit. I don't want to get too much. Otherwise the color will spread everywhere. Okay. And for this particular color, Black. I'd like it to stay inside his nose. So I was really careful about that. So my next step is figuring out what colors to paint the background. So I have my blue and purple dog. What I'm going to do is I'm not going to use blue and purple for my background. The reason why I'm not going to use blue and purple for my background is because if I do, then my dog will not stand out as much. So I want to use colors other than blue and purple. I think what I'm going to dio is I am going to use greens. I'm going to use different shades of green. Let me show you. Oh, wow, that's so pretty. So I'm going to start out with this like green. It's almost almost like a yellowish green. And then I'm going to mix in a little bit of this green. And remember, if I touch this paint, it might start spreading, which is actually OK. If you like that. Look a lot of people like watercolors because they like the way that it looks when it spreads around. All right, So I'm just going to go around my puppy dog, go around and around around his body. I'm going to go around hiss feet, and then I'm going to speed up the video a little bit, and you could march me or you can get started on your own project. It's up to see in a minute already. Friends. I'm finished. And I'm really happy with the way that my dog looks. He looks so cute, doesn't he? So I'd like to show you a couple of things in this area right here. I have some spots that are a little bit darker. I think that what I'd like to do is I'd like to take a little bit of my handed, Andy, Paper towel, tear it off full is a little. And I'm just gonna touch it very, very softly and take a little bit of that paint off just like that. Okay, just touch it really quick, and it will take a little bit of the paint off. Okay, well, there somebody is I to get that off of there perfect. I think that that's about it. There we go. That's about it for me, taking the paint off. And, yeah, this will need a couple of minutes to dry, and then you can hang it up on your refrigerator or on your wall. Or actually, ah, lot of people like to get kids artwork as a gift. So if you'd like to give it as a gift to somebody that you love, that's a great idea as well. I hope you had fun and I'll see you next time by