Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Big Daddy Shark | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Big Daddy Shark

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (9m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Shark

    • 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Shark Design

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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

Are you seeking an art project that will help to instill creative confidence in your child?

This Big Daddy Shark drawing and watercolor painting 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 the Shark
  • Step 2: Paint the Shark Design With Watercolor Paints

The teaching process used for the drawing portion of the project is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will 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:

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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 to This Project and Supplies You Will Need: Hey 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 at drawing and watercolor painting project that was designed to especially for kids. You do not need to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project, I will take you step-by-step through all the steps that you need to take to be successful. I'd like to go for 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 a cup or a bowl of water and a paintbrush. You will need marker, permanent marker. A permanent marker is a marker where the color won't run around. If you add water to it. And then you'll need a paper towel for quick cleanups. 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 Shark: Already friends, so let's get started drawing our shark. The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to take our marker, make sure that you put the cap on the back of your marker so it doesn't get lost. And we're going to start here maybe about three inches in. So we're going to go about three inches to the right and we're going to make a sudden lightly curved line. And when I say slightly, I mean slightly, we are not going to make a big, big curved line like this. It's going to be slightly curved. Let me show you what I mean. So we're going to come on our piece of paper and then we're not going to go all the way to the end because we need to make sure that we have room left for his tail. So I have my really long curved line. This is going to be the top in the back of our shark. Then we're going to start back here and this is going to be our sharps nose. And we're going to come down with a curved line like this. You can already see the shape of the nose right? Now after you get maybe about three inches or so, we're going to come in with a curved line and then we're going to come back down with another curve line. This is going to be our shark's mouth. Now what we're going to do is we're going to attach the bottom part of our shark's mouth to this back part of his body. So here we go. We want a curve line and then attach. Okay? So now you can see the actual body shape up the shark. The next step, let's put our tail inner fins on our shark. So let's come out from the point here and make a slanted straight line like this. And then let's move to the bottom and make a slightly curved line like this. Now we're going to come down just like that. So it's a little bit of a wavy line. Now we're going to come back up here and we're going to make a curve line. It's almost in the middle but a little bit to the front line. And then a slightly curved line back down to the body. That's this top fin. Now let's make his side fin. It's just a big V. And then let's make another V, but very small over on the other side because this is the other fin on the other side of his body. All right. Now we're going to move to his teeth. And let's make some really big and ferocious teeth. This is how I like to make my sharks teeth. If you want to make his teeth a different way, go ahead and do that. Alright, now let's make two lines right here. And let's make his eye. And then let's make a line that goes above his eye. This is like his eyebrow area in it shows expression. So it makes him look a little bit more fears. Alright, let's add a little bit of detail. Let's add a little bit of detail to the background. So I am just going to make some lines going like this. And these are going to represent the ocean. And if your fin pops out the top, That's okay. That's just showing that his fin is popping out on the top of the waves. And then if you'd like to make something down here, underneath or to the sides, you can go ahead and do that. I'm just going to make some plants coming out like this. You want to make some small fish. You can go ahead and do that as well. It's up to you. This is your artwork in you should be able to do exactly what you want to do. So I think that I am finished and I feel like my shark is pretty ferocious and that's the look that I wanted. So when we come back, we will start painting or sharks. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Shark Design: All right, friends, welcome back. In this step, what we're going to do is we are going to apply some watercolor paints to our shark. And the first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to prepare my paints to make sure that they're nice and soft and ready for me to start painting. So I'm going to put one or two drops of water inside each pan of paint. And I'll let that sit for just a minute. Let's talk about the colors that we're going to be painting. Our shark and our background. I am going to choose to paint my shark a grayish color, but you can choose the colors that you'd like to use for your own artwork. So to make a gray color, what you need to do is you need to put a little bit of water inside one of your paint wells and then add just a little bit of black. Black is a very powerful color. So you will notice that you just need a very small amount of black and more water than black to make gray. So I'm just going to be doing that. And then I'm going to test out that color to see how I feel about it. And then I think that that's perfect. If you want your paint to be a little bit lighter, you add more water. If you'd like your paint to be a little bit darker, you add more paint. That's one of the rules of watercolor painting. All right, so I'm just going to take a minute to paint this shark. And then after I do that, I am going to start on my background. And I'm going to remember that if I touch one color with another, then the colors my Around around to get there. And that's just the nature of watercolor paint. So you can watch me. I'll speed up this video. All right, friends, I'm back and I'm finished with my shark painting. I painted all of my shark and the background except for his teeth. I wanted those to stay white. So it's up to you whether or not you'd like to paint those shark teeth. I hope that you enjoyed this project. I'll see you next time.