Art for Kids: How to Draw and Paint Sheep With Acrylic Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

Art for Kids: How to Draw and Paint Sheep With Acrylic Paints

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Art for Kids: How to Draw and Paint Sheep With Acrylic Paints

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for Project

    • 2. Step 1: Sketch Sheep Design

    • 3. Step 2: Apply Color to Painting

    • 4. Step 3: Add Detail and Outline to Painting

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About This Class

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

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

Are you seeking an experienced art teacher to guide your child into the wonderful world of acrylic painting?

This Little Sheep Painting Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 8+. By following along with me, step-by-step, your child will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Sketch Design
  • Step 2: Paint Design
  • Step 3: Add Detail and Outline Design

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

Students will learn basic acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Little Sheep Painting Project is designed to give 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 the creative fun begin!

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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 Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we get to create this really cute acrylic painting. I love it and I hope that you do as well. I wanted to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need for this lesson for this project. So here we go. The first thing that you will need is a piece of paper, a piece of thick paper. It's important that it's thick, so it holds the acrylic paint. Well, I like to have a square piece of paper for this project. Although you don't have to have a square piece of paper, you can have a rectangle if you'd like. It is totally up to you. Another thing that we will need is a mat to go underneath our painting. See how I got a little pate on the mat. I don't want that paint to get onto my floor or my table where I am working. So I want to have a map under there. You will also need to paint brushes. You'll need one paintbrush to fill in the blocks of color. Ah, larger One would do best if you have it, and then you need a smaller paintbrush for the detail work. You will also need a pencil with an eraser and a fresh bowl or cup of water. You will also need some acrylic paints, acrylic or temporary. The Onley paint that you must have is the black and any other colors that you have available to you. But black is a must, unless you want to paint with maybe a dark purple for the outline that would work as well. So I would say any dark color, and I decided to use the black. In addition to the black, you'll want to have several different colors. Anything that you have available to you will work just fine. Uh, also, you'll need a paper towel to clean up messes and a paper plate for your palate. That's what we're going to put the pains on. Let me show you Here. This is my palate for this particular painting. So I just did my paintbrush in, and I start painting all right, so I'm really excited about this lesson. I think you'll really enjoy. It will have a lot of fun together, so I'll see you in a minute 2. Step 1: Sketch Sheep Design: alrighty, friends. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to sketch out our painting so we know exactly where our colors are going to go. So this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to start with my smaller sheep and that is going to go right here in the front a little bit to the right. Then I'm going to have my larger sheep right here in the middle, and this ship is going to be standing a little bit behind the baby sheep. OK, so I'm going to do that one second, Then I'm going to make some hills in the back. So let me show you what I mean. I am going to use my handy dandy pencil, and I have an eraser here if I need it. I don't like to erase that much when I'm doing acrylic work, though, because acrylic paint is very thick and it usually will cover up pencil work so you don't have to do a lot of erasing. I'm going to be pressing pretty hard. You do not need to press as hard as I am. The reason why impressing card is because I want to make sure that you concede this. So to make my sheep, I'm going to make a you that's upside down into connect to that. I'm going to make another one and another one and another one and another one. And another one almost looks like a big, big flower, doesn't it? Okay, now that's my baby sheep upfront, and I'm going to wait to add the details for a few minutes. Now, I'm going to make my larger shape right here, So I'm going to go. Same shapes only a little bit bigger because this sheep is larger. So it looks like maybe like a cloud, one cloud in front of another cloud. All right. Now for the baby sheep, we're going to make his face, which is Ah, you. And then two years, which there almost circles a little bit oval ish and then close it up with a curved line. Same for this big oh sheep. So you two years and then close up with a curved line now inside these shapes were just going to make some circles for eyes just like that. That's all the That's all the detail on the inside of the face for their feet. We're just going to make some long triangles. Went to 34 Same for baby. 12 34 Again, those air triangles or you can, I guess, their visas. Well, okay, so that's it for the detail on the front of our page. Now, what we're going to do is we're going to make a hill here, so I'm going to maybe come here, just go like that. So a nice big arch, and then here, I'm going to make another arch coming down just like that. Okay, so that's the drawing portion of our painting. And what we're going to dio is we're going to go on to the next video. We'll see in a minute. 3. Step 2: Apply Color to Painting: All right, friends. So here is the drawing that we have completed. And what I'm going to do now is I'm going to put some colors down on my paper. I want to keep in mind that I am not going to use black at this time. At this time, I'm going to just use my bright colors on my piece of paper. And then later I'm going to outline with the black pate. This paint right here. So whatever colors you have available to you, those are the ones that you can use. You get to make the decision on what color you like your sheep to be what color you'd like your hills to be. And the sky. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to kind of take a look at my picture, think about it and put the colors down as I go. Now, let me just show you something here. This is my palate in what I'm going to do for my sheep. Because I'm going Teoh, open up my yellow. Oh, that's kind of tough to open up. But I did it put a little bit of yellow out, and I want my sheep to be a little bit lighter yellow. So what I'm going to do and what you might think about doing as well is mixing your colors . So if you want a lighter color, what you can do is mix it with white, and what that will do is it will make the color lighter. So I'm going to mix that up because I want a pretty light sheep that still might be a little bit dark on the yellow, so I'm going to get a little bit lighter. Here we go. So what I'm going to do at this point after I mixed these colors together is I'm going to start painting, and what you can do is you can either watch me paint or what you can do is you can get started on your own painting, and we will meet back after I am finished. So I'm just going to take my brush. I'm going to put some paint down, and then after I'm finished with this particular color, I'm going to rids it out with my clean water, wipe off my my paintbrush with my handy dandy paper towel and then dip it into a different color. All right, so I'll see you in a maybe. - All righty, friends. I'm back. And I really like how this painting is coming along. I've put down the main colors, and I did mix a view of the colors with white because I wanted to have a little bit of white showing on these colors. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to let this painting dry, and then I'm going to come back and we're going to put a little bit of detail work, and we're going to outline everything with Black. So we're going to do that. Let's to let everything dry and then I'll see you in a minute. 4. Step 3: Add Detail and Outline to Painting: all right, friends. So I'm back. This painting is almost dry. It's not all the way dry, but that's OK. It's dry enough for me to work with it. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to put a little bit of detail work. I'm going to put some stripes in the sky. I'm good going to put some polka dots on the hill. I'm going to put a little bit of detail in the grass. Maybe some polka dots, maybe some some grass. And then what I'm going to Dio is I am going to outline everything with black, and I'm going to do all of this with my small paintbrush. Sometimes I will even be using the tip of my paintbrush. Let me show you what I mean. So for this hill right here, I'm going to put some some polka dots, so I'm going to use pink paint. And instead of using the regular end of the paintbrush that you normally use, I'm going to use the tip the back end. And what that will do is it will make a nice round polka dot See that? You have to make sure you load pain on there quite a bit, but I really like the look of that. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to be working on this, and I'm going to speed up the video. And if you would like to watch me feel free if not, then you can get started on your Oh, all right. I'll see in a minute. Alrighty, Friends. I'm back, and I'm really happy with my artwork. Now, yours is not going to look exactly like mine. And that's a really good thing. We are all different people. So we were all going to have different artwork. One thing that I wanted to wait on and do in front of you is make the sheeps eyes. So let me show you how to do that, should you before. What you need to do is you need to take the back of your paintbrush and dip it in your black and very, very carefully. Now, this is pretty tricky. So if you feel like you need to practice, maybe on your palate, you can practice with just like a little tiny little dot. Did you see how I did that? You can do that because you have to get in a pretty small space. Oh, I did it. I have had a lot of practice at doing this, so it can be kind of tricky. See how I do that? And it makes it nice and round and small. There we go. I'm gonna make that one a little bit bigger. Alrighty. So one more thing that I was thinking about doing after I was looking at this is I think I'm going to add a little bit of detail to my actual sheep with the with. The darker yellow is going to go in and I'm going to make some swirls for the wall on my sheep. He loves swirls. You know I'm doing that. I hope this shows up on the video. It's basically just some little swirls to represent the wool. Gives it a little bit more detail. Oh, I think this is so cute. I hope you like this project. And I look forward to seeing you in the next video by