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Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Summer Camping Scene

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

      1:23
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Camping Scene

      6:45
    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Camping Scene

      6:28
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About This Class

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

Are you searching for an art project that will ensure artistic success and confidence?

Would you like an experienced art teacher guiding your child through the creative process?

This Camping drawing and watercolor painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for first-time painters and children ages 5+. By following along with me, step-by-step, the beginner artist will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are two steps in this art project:

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

The process used to teach this project is a step-by-step method that will inspire and delight the beginner artist into drawing and painting action! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the outcome.

Students will learn basic drawing and watercolor painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Camping drawing and painting project is designed to give beginners the skills they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

Supplies and materials needed for this project:

Let the creative fun begin!

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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 great day today. I'd like to introduce this project to you. This is a drawing and watercolor painting camping scene that we are going to be creating today. This is a project that was designed especially for kids. You do not need to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project. I will teach you step-by-step all of the steps that you need to take to be successful. I'd like to go with the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of watercolor paper. You will need some watercolor paints. You will need some clean water and a paintbrush. You will need a paper towel. And you'll also need a black oil pastel or a black crayon, and a white oil pastel or a white crayon. So go ahead and gather all of those supplies and materials. And I'll see you back here in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw a Camping Scene: In this step, we are going to draw our design. So we're going to look at the foreground first. That is the area that is closest to the bottom of our piece of paper. And then the background we will work on last. All right, so I'm going to grab my oil pastel, my black oil pastel. And I'm going to start here on the bottom of my piece of paper and work my way up. So I'm going to make a little campfire down here on the left-hand side. And I'm going to start with making some rocks in the rocks are going to be in a circle so it can hold my campfire. So I'm just going to make some circles and these are going to be my rocks. Now I'm going to make some flames on top of my rocks and that's going to be my campfire. So the way that I make a campfire is I just make a curved line coming up and then come in, come up, come down. Like this. If there's a different way that you like to make fire, Go ahead and do that. I'll even bring this down a little bit more. All right, the next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to make a couple of trees. And at this point it's going to look like the trees are floating in the air and then I will create the ground afterwards. So I'm going to make the trees, I'm going to make one right here. So I make a curved line coming down and then come back in. Come down and come back in, come down and come back in. And then I'm going to make the trunk. And then I'm going to do the same thing here. This one's going to be closer to us though. So I'm going to make it a little bit bigger. So two curved lines. And then they're going to come in, two curved lines and then come in. And then tumor curved lines come in. And then one more time, two curved lines and then come in and then a trunk. And then I think I'm going to make a right here in the middle. So I'll make a straight line and then attach to that straight line. I'm going to make an upside-down V. So straight line coming down and another one. And then I'm going to close that up at the bottom. I'll put a line down the middle. That's where we enter our tint. And then I'm going to make a slanted line coming down. And then I'm going to close up. All right, so let me go over that again. Straight line going across and then attach a V and then close up at the bottom. And then make a straight line down. And then close up these two lines right here. If you'd like to put a declaration on this tip, you can go ahead and do that. I know that sometimes tense have these little flaps that you can open in there. There will be a screen on the other side, so maybe I'll do that right here. Right? I think I have room for one more tree over here. So I'm going to make a small tree, so curved line and then coming in just like the other ones, it's more of like a pine tree and then a trunk. Now I'm ready to create the ground. So I'm just going to make a curved line. And then I'm going to just follow that curve line. I'm not going to go through my trees. I'm going to jump over them. I jumped over the fire. I'm jumping over the Tench. And then I'm jumping over the last tree. So if you can see, it looks like the trees in the fire, in the tent and the other tree are all sitting on the ground. Now in the background, I'm going to create a mountain. So I'm going to start my mountain right here. It's going to come up at a peak and then come down, come up at another peak and then come down, come up one more peak, and then come down. You might not be able to fit three mountains. But if you can, you can do that or you can create more, if you'd like. I think to create a little bit more interest, I'm going to put some snow at the peaks. And those are just some lines that go up and down. The last thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to create a moon. So that would be the letter C. Can then close that up. I think there's one more thing that I'd like to do. I'd like to double up this line a little bit like this. I think that'll be more interesting. Almost like you can see inside the tent. And then down here I feel like there needs to be something. So I'm just going to add a few little pieces of grass like this just to create a little bit more interest. All right, the next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to put my black oil pastel down. I'm going to wipe my fingers off my paper towel because well, pastels can get a little bit messy. I'm going to grab my white little dots in the sky only. And what this will be, these will be my little stars. I'm pressing pretty hard because I want my stars to show up, right? And I'm just putting these in the sky. I know it's hard to see. Actually impossible for you to see these stars that I'm putting here and I can barely even see them myself. But that's what makes it interesting. When I paint over those, those areas, then I will see that my stars kinda pop out. Okay, they will resist the paint. Already friends when we come back, we will paint our design. 3. Step 2: Paint the Camping Scene: All right, friends. In this step what we're going to do is we're going to paint our campaign designed. So the first thing I'm going to do is I am going to place a drop of water in each pan of paint. That way the paint will dissolve a little bit, it'll soften up. And then it will be easier for me to use them. You use the paints when I MPT. So now I'm going to turn my attention to my design in kind of sorted out in my mind the colors that I'm going to use. I know that because this is a night sky. I think I'm going to be using either a dark blue or purple for my sky and then my mountains. Maybe a purple or brown, and then my trees, I think I'd like for them to be green. My tent maybe a grayish color or maybe a Baby like a camel green color and then maybe green down here. What I do sometimes is I just kinda go with the flow and I don't think about it a lot, I just start painting and that way I'm kind of surprised at the end by what I can come up with. So I think what I'm going to do is start with the sky above. And I'm going to start maybe with a dark blue. And I'll just start here at the top. And I will just start painting. As you notice, I, I can see my little stars coming out. The ones that I made with my white oil pastel. I think they look really cool. And I'm going to go ahead and just paint. I am going to try to stay inside my lines for this project. But if I go outside and my lines a little bit, I'm not going to worry about it too much. I'm not going to worry about it too much at all. There are a couple of things that I'm going to keep white and that would be the snow at the top of the mountains. I'm also going to keep my white. I think about it. See you could go ahead and continue watching me as I'm painting my design. And then when we come back, you can start painting your bone. Already friends. So I wanted to show you a couple of things. I wanted to show you how to make a gray. If you choose to paint your stones around your campfire gray, I want to show you how to do that and I want you, I want to show you how to make a camel green color. So both of those will need the color black. And so let me show you. I'm going to move my paint tray over here. So for my stones, I'm going to just have a tiny bit of black with quite a bit of water. And make sure that you blend that really well. And that will create a gray color. I think I want mine to be a little bit darker than that. Here we go, let's try that. Perfect. So that will make a gray. Remember, if you want to make gray, you use a little bit of pain and a lot of water. And then if you want to take some of that paint off, let me show you what you can do. You can take your handy-dandy paper towel and just touch it to your little stone, gray stone or your gray rock. And it will bring a little bit of the paint up. Okay? So that's a trick that you can use. If you have a little bit too much of a color, you just touch it lightly with your paper towel. Now to make a camel color, we will need black, just a tiny bit of black and some green. So I'm going to put some green in one of my wells like this with some water. And then I'm going to use a tiny bit of black. So we're going to use just a tiny bit. Remember, black is very powerful, it's a very powerful color, so you just need a tiny bit that looks like it might be perfect. Actually, maybe I'll have a little bit more black. Let's try that. There we go. So that's a camel color. Like this color for tense just reminds me of a tent. I think because I have a tent this color, That's why I like it. So remember just some green in your well, and then you put a tiny bit of black with the green. And that will create that camo color. Already friends, so there we go. There's our camping painting. I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and I'll see you next time.