Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Scarecrow for the Fall Season | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Scarecrow for the Fall Season

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

      1:15
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Scarecrow Design

      8:28
    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Design

      2:53
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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 Scarecrow 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 6+. 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 Scarecrow 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 Scarecrow 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 great day today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a drawing and watercolor painting, a cute scarecrow project that I designed especially for kids. You do not need to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful in this project. I'd like to go for the supplies and materials 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 clean water and a paintbrush. I like to use a paintbrush about this size, but just use what you have available to you. You'll also need a permanent marker. Permanent means that the ink won't run around if you add water to it. So it's important that it's a permanent marker. And then you'll also need a paper towel just in case you have a spill or a clean app. 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 Scarecrow Design: In this step we are going to draw our scarecrow. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is take the cap off of our marker and put it on the back so it doesn't get lost. And we're just going to come down a little tiny bit from the top of your piece of paper. And we're going to make a triangle. So go ahead and make a triangle that's approximately this bag. It doesn't have to be exactly this big, but approximately now inside of that space, we're going to make another line just to give a little bit of detail. And then we're going to move down here to the bottom of this triangle. This is going to be the top of our scare crows hat. And we're going to make the floppy bottom part right here. So we're going to make a slanted line and another slanted line on the other side. And then we're going to make a curved line that connects those two slanted lines. Now underneath here we're going to make a pumpkin head. So it's just basically going to be the letter C on its back. And then let's make some eyes, nose, and mouth. So you get to decide how you would like to make your eyes, your nose, and your mouth. You can follow my directions or you can create your own face. So I think what I'm going to do is I'm just going to make two round eyes approximately the same size. And then I'm going to make a triangle nose. And then I'm also going to make the mouth. I'm going to start with some circles for the cheeks. So a circle here and a circle here. And then I'm going to connect that with a curved line. And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to put some little tiny lines on that curved line because I want to have that look That looks like he has little a stitch mouth mouth made out of stitches. Yeah. I'm going to add a little bit of hair because as we know, Scare crows have hair coming out from underneath them hat. And if you'd like to add more hair along the top, if you have room to do that, you can do that if you'd like. Now let's move down to his jacket and his body. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to make two satellite least slanted lines coming out of his pumpkin head. And this scare crows that I've seen usually don't have a big neck on them, so we're going to just set his pumpkin head right onto his clothing. So we have our two slanted lines. Let's come down. This is going to be the bottom part of our sleeve. Then we're going to come in on each side. Then we're going to come down. Now what we're going to do is we're going to come to the middle of our pumpkin head and we're going to scoot over just a little to the left and make a straight line coming down to about this spot where this one is right here. And then do the same thing on this other side. Now we're going to close those up at the bottom. And this is our jacket right here. Now we need to make his shirt on the inside here. So we're going to come up with another line that's a little bit above these two lines right here. So it looks like he is jacket is over his shirt. And let's add a little bit of detail to his clothing. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to add some straw coming out of his sleeves. Go ahead and do that. Doesn't have to be perfectly straight. And then what we're going to do is we're going to move to the inside shirt here. Let's put a little bandana on him. So we're going to make a triangle here. And then you can decorate that any way that you'd like. I'm just going to use some little stripes there. And then I do know that scare crows do like to wear plaid shirts. So Plaid is just squares on his shirt. So I'm going to make some squares on his shirt. If you want to put buttons on there, you can go ahead and do that as well. And then let's put some patches on his jacket. So that's just a square. And then put some stitch marks on there. So it looks like it's kinda patched together. You can put your patches wherever you'd like. I think I'm going to put one here. Maybe I'll even put one over here on this side. So a square and then some stitches. And then I think I'm going to put one on his hat as well. So a square with some stitches. Who I really like the way minds turning out. Alright, so down here, some people might have a lot of room and some people might not have that much room at all. I have quite a bit of room. So I'm going to put a stick down here at the bottom because we know a lot of times these scare crows propped up by a stick. So I'm going to put my stick coming right down from my shirt. And then I'm going to add a little bit of detail down here at the bottom. And I'm going to just have some pumpkins sticking out from the bottom. You can, you'll just be able to see the top of them. So maybe I'll have to Pumpkins coming out down here. Some of your pumpkins might be a little larger, some smaller sub to you. This is your artwork so you get to do what you like. So I'm going to make some stems on my pumpkins. I like that kind of pumpkins that are a little bit misshapen, not perfect. So these are my pumpkins are going to make the lines not perfectly straight. And then if you'd like to put some little vines on here, you can do that as well. Or you don't have to, It's up to you. Now, let's take a look up here and let's add a crow, a little bird. So we'll make his feet first. Solo, make two lines coming down to touch his sleeve. And then some little feet, some little toes at the bottom. And then you can make a shape of a bird, any type of bird that you'd like. I think I'm going to make this type of a bird. This doesn't look like our crow, but this is the kind of bird that I like to make. Given some decoration up here. Already friends. So now is the time when you can add anything else to the background that you'd like to add. If you see a lot of space somewhere and you feel like you might want to fill it with it. Little drawing, you can go ahead and do that. I think I see some space up here that I'd like to fill. So I'm just going to make a line that goes like this. And then I think I'm just going to make some leaves and I think I'm going to paint these the fall colors. But you can certainly make whatever you'd like. So go ahead and finish up your drawing portion. And then when you're finished, we will start RPT. I'll see you back here in just a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Design: All righty friends. This step we are going to apply some watercolor paints to our painting. What we're going to do first is we are going to prepare our paints by putting a small drop or two of water into each pan of paint. And what this will do is it will prepare the paints for us to use. It will dissolve the paints just a little bit so that they're easier for us to use. So I'm going to take a moment to do that. Now I'm going to turn my attention to my drawing. And in my mind, I'm just going to think about the colors that I am going to use. I think I'm going to use orange for the pumpkin had, and then for the jacket, maybe red or brown, baby blue for the shirt. I'm just not sure yet. What I do sometimes on my paintings is I don't think about it too much. I just start painting. So I think that that's what I'm going to do on this. I do know that I want this to be orange and I want my pumpkins down here to be orange. So I think I'm just going to start with my orange. And then from there, I'll see what my feelings are about the other color choices that I have. So boys and girls, why don't you take a moment to watch me on my painting and then I'll speed it up so it won't take that long. And then you can start painting your own. So I will see you back here in just a minute. All righty friends. I'm back and I really like the way that my scarecrow turned out. I decided to use a lot of different colors. They're not necessarily the fall colors. For example, these leaves up here, I decided to paint a green color instead of brown. So it's up to you. I just felt like I wanted to use the bright colors when I was doing my painting. So I hope that you enjoy this lesson. I'll see you next time.