Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Tiger Cat | Em Winn | Skillshare

Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Tiger Cat

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Cat

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Cat


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 Tiger Cat 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 Cat
  • Step 2: Paint the Cat 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 tiger kitty cat. I wanted to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project so that you can gather them up. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper. This is a piece of watercolor paper. It's a thick paper. But if you do not have watercolor paper available to you, that's okay. Just use any thick paper that you have another thing you will need our watercolor paints. I like to use a set like this because there are a lot of different color options. The next thing that you will need is a cup or bull of water. I also have a paintbrush here that you will need as well. If your paintbrush isn't quite this big, that's okay. Just use what you have. You will also need some crayons or some oil pastels. You will also need a handy dandy paper towel for quick cleanups or to dab a little bit of water off of your painting. And the last thing that you'll need is a mat to go underneath your artwork station. A man is always a good idea tohave. That way you can keep your station nice and tidy. So I'm looking forward to teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Cat: hi friends. So let's get started on our cat. The first thing that you'll want to do is decide what color you like to use for the outline of your cat drawing. I'm going to choose black, and I'm going to choose this black oil pastel. You can use Crans or oil pastels. It's up to you. So the first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to draw a large circle on my paper. Just do the best that you can with your circle. The next thing that we're going to do is we're going to create some ears, so ears are just triangles on the top part of your head of your cat. Inside of those triangles, let's make smaller triangles. Now let's move down to the face of our cat and let's create some eyes. If you would like to put eyelashes on your eyes, that would be fine. Now let's make a cute little nose, which is a triangle and two lines to curve lines that come out a forward J in a backwards J or your cat's mouth. Maybe a few whiskers. I usually just make one or two whiskers, but you can make as many whiskers as you like for our cat's body. What we're going to do is make a curve line and a curved line, and then we're going to close that up. There we go now for your cat's feet. We're going to make on upside down, see, and an upside down see, with some little lines inside those air going to be the pause. Now we're going to make some back legs that just come out a little bit coming out from the back of our cat body, and then we're going to close those up for our tail. What we're going to do is you get to decide, Would you like your tail to come out from the right or the left? I think I'd like my cat's tail to come out to the right, so a tale is just a straight line curved around and then occur flying underneath. Now we're going to make some little hands, and the way that I make hands for my little cat is I just come out from the sides with curved lines and then I put a couple little lines inside, and those are going to be the pause look at how cute that IHS Now, I think I'd like to put a little bit of detail on my cat. It's up to you. If you want to leave your cat just like this, that would be fine. Or you could turn him into a little bit of a tiger cat. So to make a tiger cat, let me show you. You create a V and then another V inside your initial fee. And then maybe I'll make one down here of the with the sideways be and another 1 may be over on this side. Maybe I'm even make one here just like that. If there's a different design that you would like to make for your cat, go ahead and do that. I'm also going to maybe make some triangles on my cat's tail just like that. Oh, I think he's so cute. All right, in the next video, what we're going to do is we're going to come back and we're going to start painting our cat. See you in a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Cat: already. Friends. I'm back and I am going to start painting my cat. I've already made the decision to make my cat look a little bit like a tiger little tiger cat. So I'm going to paint my cat orange. I'm going to put a few black stripes here, and so yeah, I'm going to get started with that. The first thing that I'm going to do to wake up my paints is I'm going to put a couple drops of water in each of my paint pans. That way, my paints will wake up and be ready for me to start using. There we go. Let me get some in the black right there. Okay. So, like I said, I'm going to start with my my orange. So I'm going to put my paintbrush into the orange, see how that looks. Well, like how that looks. That looks really, really nice. I like that shade of orange a little bit more on there, and then I'm going to go on the inside here with my oranges. Well, so I'm gonna just just start painting with my orange. And after a finished painting with my orange all come back and we'll talk about what I did . I'm going to speed up this video a little bit. So you can either watch me or you can get started painting your cat. It's up to you. I'll be back in a minute. Already. Friends, I'm back. What do you think? I think he's really cute. My little tiger Kitty cat. Now what I'm going to dio is I'm going to go back and fill in the details like the ears, this stripes and the nose. So let me do that right now, going to dip my paintbrush into the black. This is what I'm doing with the black and testing it out to see if it's the right shade that I want. So I dip my paintbrush into the black and I put a little bit on my palette right here to make sure that it's the right shade. So let me test it out on here. Yes, that looks good to me. So there we go on that one. See how I'm painting that in very, very carefully. I'm trying to stay inside of my lines. If you get a little bit out of the lines, That's okay. No problem. Just try your best. If you need to pull some paint from here and move it, just go ahead and tip your paint brush in there and then you could move your paint to a different area. You know, I did that. All right. Now I'm going to paint the inside of my cats years, and I think what I'm going to do is paint that with a little bit of brown. I've decided that I'd like to have a little bit of a reddish pinkish knows being very careful to stay on the inside of the line. Okay? Doke. So what I'm going to do next is I am going to paint the background. I think what I'd like to do is paint the background green. So I'm going to use this green and a little bit of the screen. So what I'm going to do is start at the top. I look at that green. That's really nice. I think the green always goes very well with the orange. And what I do is I like to mix the greens together. I don't make somewhere I go around and around and around. What I do is I just put the greens next to each other and then they run into each other just like that. Here we go. What I'm going to do is I'm going to speed up this video. You can either watch me or you can get started on your own Kitty Cat painting portion. So that's up to you. I'll be back in a minute already. Friends, I'm back. What do you think? I think he's really cute. There are a couple things that I'd like to dio would like to point out that there are some areas right here that are a little bit darker. I think that I'd like to do a little bit of dabbing with my handed and a paper towel and going to fold it up. And I'm just going to quickly dab the extra water on there just like that. There we go. Perfect. This is something that's optional, meaning you don't have to do this, but some people like to do it with their paintings. I do it sometimes, and sometimes I don't So with this particular painting, that's what I'm going to dio Now. I see a little bit of an area over here that I'd like to do it too, as well. And remember, just go quickly That way you're just picking up a tiny amount of paint. Just a little bit of the watery paint already. Friends. So what do you think? I'm really happy with him. I hope you had fun with this project and I'll see you next time by