Art for Kids: How to Draw and Paint a Kitty Cat and a Puppy Dog With Acrylic Paint | Em Winn | Skillshare

Art for Kids: How to Draw and Paint a Kitty Cat and a Puppy Dog With Acrylic Paint

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Art for Kids: How to Draw and Paint a Kitty Cat and a Puppy Dog With Acrylic Paint

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Sketch a Cat and a Dog

    • 3. Step 2: Outline Sketch With Black Paint

    • 4. Step 3: Add Paint to Design

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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 Kitty Cat and Puppy Dog Painting Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 8-12 years old. 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 the Cat and Dog
  • Step 2: Outline the Sketch With Black Acrylic Paint
  • Step 3: Paint the 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 outcome.

Students will learn basic acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Kitty Cat and Puppy Dog Painting Project is designed to give children the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

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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 This Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be creating this cute piece of artwork with a cat and a dog. And we're going to create this with acrylic Bates. So I wanted to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need. Or this lesson. The first thing that you'll need is paper. I'm using a nice, thick paper. You can use any paper that you'd like, but it has to be nice and thick so that it can hold the acrylic paint. Well, the next thing that you'll need is you will need some paintbrushes. I I'm using two different paintbrushes here. I'm using a medium sized paintbrush and I'm using a smaller paintbrush. That way we could put with the larger areas. We can use the larger paintbrush and for the tight, small areas, we can use a smaller paintbrush. You will also need some water, some clean water because we will be rinsing. You need a paper towel for quick cleanups. You will also need a pencil to sketch out. You're design. Ah, pencil with an eraser works really really well. You will need some acrylic paints, you will definitely need black and white, and then your choice of colors for the kitty cat and the puppy dog in the background. It's up to you. I chose thes colors right here, but you can choose any colors that you'd like. I wanted to also mention that acrylics come in different forms, so we have this type of acrylic paint in. This comes in a small bottle, and then we have this type of acrylic paint that comes in a tube. It doesn't matter which one you have. I'm just using both for this lesson because I wanted to show you that you can use either or OK so whatever you have available to you will work. And the next thing that you'll need is a paper plate or something that you can put your paints on to use as a palate. And then the last thing that you will need is a mat underneath your piece of artwork. It's a smart idea to have some sort of a map. It can be a piece of plastic. It can be some newspaper. It's just important to be able to cover your work area so that you do not get acrylic paint anywhere close to furniture or the floor or your clothing because acrylic paint does stain and it's really, really difficult to get out. So that's it. I look forward to teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Sketch a Cat and a Dog: all right, a friend. So let's get started. Let's take a look at our piece of paper. First, I am going to sketch out my picture of my cat right here on the left hand side of my paper , and I'm going to sketch out the picture of my dog on the right side of my paper. I am going to use a pencil, and I am going to suggest that you do the same. And I like you to think about sketching out your cat in your dog very lightly with your pencil. You don't have to press that heart. I am going to press a little bit harder with mine because I want to make sure that you can see on the video tape. You can see my lines, so let's get started. The first thing that we're going to Dio is come down a few inches or several centimeters from the top, and on the left hand side we're going to make a slanted line that's going to be the side of our cat's face. Then we're going to make another slanted line when the other way, so that's basically going to be our cat. Now let's make his ears. So we'll come down with a slanted line, come down with another slanted line in close up that slanted line. It's that outline of our cat's face. So let's try to greet our dog now. So we're going to have a line coming out, and I like to make my line for my dog, not completely straight. So start here pretty close to the cat. Come up and then I'll come over a little bit like this. If you'd like to just make a straight across line, that would be OK as well. Now we're going to come down at an angle and then we're going to come down at another angle right here. And then we're going to close up at the bottom, and that's going to repeat a basic outline for our dog's head. Now let's creates Amir's. You could make any type of ears that you like. I'm going to start up here at the corner. I'm going to come down, almost touch my cap, but not quite. And then come back up. Dog ears, air fun because dogs have all different types of years. So I like to just have fun with dog ears. So I'm going to come out, come down and then come back in now for his shoulders and his neck. What I'm going to do is I'm going to start right underneath this year, and I'm going to make a slanted lying down. And then for this part of his neck in his shoulders. I'm just going to come out from the bottom of Hiss knows area. So that's our basic outline for our cat and her dog. Now let's put a little bit of detail in there. This particular project doesn't have a lot of detail. It has just more bold blocks of color. So basically, we're not going to put a whole lot of detail in. Let's start with our dog. I'm going to make eyes that are a little bit more square, so line and line and then I want to come down, down, over, over and down again, down again, so they're square blocks. This is not realistic, so we know that that dog's usually don't have square eyes, but it just makes our artwork a little bit more fun. If you would be more comfortable in creating round eyes, that would be fine as well, now for this dog's nose, we're going to make it pretty large. In fact, we're going to make it very large. So we have a line coming out, a slanted, lying down, another slanted, lying down in close up at the bottom and then coming out from the bottom of the knows. We're going to make a little tiny line like this, and that goes right into his mouth, going back up to the eyes. The dog is going to be looking at the cat, so let's make a nice round circle on the left side of her square and then inside that we're going to create a little circle or an oval at the top inside here. It's going to be black, so we can color that in to remind us this little circle right here is going to be a shine work. If you'd like to put a collar on your dog, which I like to dio, I I would encourage you to do that if you'd like to. So that's basically a curved line curve line, and then you could decorate this. I think I'm just going to put some circles. This is me circles that fit on my collar, and then maybe I'll even put a small tag. Okay, It's up to us to whether or not you'd like to do that step. Now let's move her cat. I am going to make my cat also with some square eyes, so I'm going to do the same thing that I did with my dog with my cat. So we have lines going across, lines coming down and lines that close up, and this cat is going to be looking at this dog. So we're going to have circles here inside the circles. We're going to make some smaller circles kind of close to the top, and we're going to fill that in to remind us that we are going to paint that in with class already for a cat's knows, we're going to have a slanted line, two more slanted lines and close up at the bottom, and then a straight line coming down from the middle of his or her nose already said, There's our sketch of our cat and her dog. In the next video, we will pay the outline, see in a minute 3. Step 2: Outline Sketch With Black Paint : already friends. So I'm back. What we're going to do first is we're going to take our black acrylic paint. I will put a small amount on her palate. I'm using a paper plate here. And then what we're going to do is we're going to just start painting our outline. We're going to go over our pencil lines and on her cat. What we're going to do is make him a little bit furry, a little bit fluffy. So we're just going to kind of dab it on there in certain spots and then go over it with a straight line. It's a dab it, dab it along the pencil line and then go over it with the straight line. That'll make it look like he's a little bit fluffy and furry. See how I'm doing that. Here we go. You need Teoh. Add a little bit more for go ahead and do that. See? Right here. I think he needs a little bit more for so I'm just dabbing it on. We want to make sure he looks pretty fluffy. Alrighty for my dog. We're not going to put the fluff on him. We're just going to make sure that we get our lines nice and covered up. Just going to go along, cover all of our pencil lines with our we'll lack page already . We're going to put whiskers on her cat and her dog after. So this is where we're going to stop right now. We need to make sure that our acrylic paint dries completely before we apply more color. Because if you don't, what will happen is that the black paint will get all smeary. It will smear, smear into all the other colors. So if we want that look, that's fine. But for this particular project, what we're going to do is we're going to make sure we let the black dry first, and then we can start with our painting. All right, so I'll see you back here in the next video. 4. Step 3: Add Paint to Design: already friends. I'm back. And my cute kitty and my cute puppy are back as well. They're completely dry so we can get started on our painting of our cat and our dog. So what we're going to do first is we're going to put the colors that we choose, the colors that we choose for our animals onto our palate. So I'm going to choose this turquoise color. I'm going to choose this purple color. I'm just putting a small amount. I can always add more. I can always add more paint, but it's hard to put the paint back into the little bottles or into the tubes. So I want to make sure that I'm not wasteful in the A little bit of yellow. I think what I'm also going to do is add a little bit of white. Here we go. Okay. So here are my colors that I'm going to use. I am going to use this size of a brush for most of my painting. I might use this smaller brush as well for these very tight small areas. Okay. I want to make sure that my brushes air fairly dry. You don't have to be completely dry, but I'd like them to be somewhat dry in the reason why is because I want the pain to be pretty thick as it goes on to my painting. So I'm going to drive those off, set that one aside, and I'll start out with this certain right here. So I think I'm going to paint my cat this purple right here. So I'm going to just start painting. And I'm not being super careful, but I do want full coverage. I'm just going to go around the black, and if I cover the black a little bit, that's okay. It's actually really neat. Look, come on down. You want to make sure cover all of the white, all of the white on my paper. Go now. After I finish painting my cat, remember, he's gonna be pretty fluffy. So watch what I do with my pain. Let me get all of these white areas covered first, and I'm going to come back in and we're going to create some lumpiness with our paint. Oh, finished. Thank you for being patient. Okay, So watch what I do. Take my pain and I just go like this along the black, and that just makes it a little bit. We're fluffy. Makes it look a little bit one fluffy. Just going a little bit on the black. Okay, Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to paint my dog and I'm going to paint my dog red. So I have purple paint here on my brush, and I'm just going to rinse it off my water. And then I'm going to dry off this paintbrush because, as I said before, I'd like it to be fairly dry. Sometimes we do use water with acrylic paints, but not for this particular project. So I'm going to paint my dog red, and I'm just going to do the same thing. Oh, that's pretty, isn't it? As I did for the cat, Although I'm not going to do the fluffy nous. The last thing that I did here when I went around to the black onto the black and I created sloppiness. I'm not going to do that with the dog Single dispute at this video, and I'll be back in a minute already. Friends. I'm back and I'm finished with my dog and my cat. How do you how do you like them? I am really, really like them. I think they're really cute now. What I'm going to do is I'm going to finish painting the collar in the tag on my dog and then I will finish the background. I'm going to create a yellow tack in a yellow color, and then I'm going to use this turquoise color for the background. I'm also going to add a little bit of this white to the background as well. In that way, parts of my background will be a little bit lighter. I like to add white to my paint a lot, so if you'd like to do that, that's fine. But if not, that's OK as well. So let me get started on this. I'm going to start with the collar and I'm going to start with the tag and then I work on the background. So I'm going to speed at this video. If you'd like to watch me, or if you'd like to get started on your own project, that would be fine as well. I'll see in a minute already. Friends. I'm back and I'm really happy with this painting. I like the way that it turned out I wanted to go over a couple of things with you. If you notice going around my cat. I made sure that I created that Luffy look on the outside. So basically what I did with my paintbrush is I just dabbed it along the edges. And then when I got to my dog, I made more of a straight line. You see how that works? All right, I did that. And then also, I wanted to mention that if you'd like to put a white dog in the eye of each of the cat and the dog the way that you could do that, let's get some of your white page, just small amount and take the back of your paintbrush, dip it into the white paint and just create a small dot just like that, and it creates a shine mark. See that already? So let's add some whiskers to our cat and our dog. You'll want to use a smaller paintbrush because whiskers air pretty fine. So we're just going to dip a tiny bit of black paint, and we're just going to make some lines coming out. And when I make whiskers I usually only make two or three. And again, they're very, very fine. Very, very cute. All right. And then some short ones for dog. I like to make my dog whiskers curve down just a little bit. There we go. All right. Thanks for watching.