Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Fox | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Fox

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

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

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Fox

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Fox

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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 Little Fox 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 Fox
  • Step 2: Paint the Fox 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!

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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 D today. Today we will be creating this cute box a box in a forest. So I wanted to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need This paper. I have a thick watercolor paper here. If you have watercolor paper, go ahead and use that. If you don't, that's okay. Just make sure that your paper is nice and thick. Another thing that you'll need our watercolor paints. I like this set because there are a lot of different color choices in this set. And actually, we did a little bit of color mixing with this project. So just grab what you have, and I'm sure that will be fine. Another thing that you'll need is some clean water and a paintbrush. I am using this very large paint brush this time. And if your paintbrush isn't quite this large, that's okay. Just use what you have available to you. You will also need either some crayons or some oil pastels. I'm using oil pastels for this Q T pie. And if you don't have oil pastels. Then you can go ahead and use your crayons. They will work. Justus. Well, we will also need a handy dandy paper towel for spills. And if we want to blot some of the colors and we need also a Met underneath your work area , a mat will keep your work area nice and clean and tidy. So put it underneath your artwork and your work space will be looking good after you finish your project. So I hope you have fun with this. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Fox: already friends. So let's get started on drawing our fox so you'll want to choose Ah, crayon or an oil pastel color that you'd like to outline your fox with, and I'm going to choose the color black. So what we're going to do first is we're going to make an upside down U and it's just going to be a curved line that's pretty wide. Then what we're going to do is come down from the middle and put a little dot right here, and we're going to connect the end of this line to our dot So we're going to do that just like that, and then we're going to do the same thing on the other side. Now what we're going to do is take a look at our foxes face. So the these areas I areas right here and right here, and this is his nose. So at his nose area, you're going to make a curve line, and you can feel that in with your oil pastels or your crayon, whatever you choose now for his eyes, what we're going to do is we're going to make some curve lines coming down like this and then inside, right here. We're going to make some more dots. Those are going to be his eyes. I'm going to try to make mine a little bit more even. There we go now. What we're going to do is we're going to come up to the top of our Fox's head and makes an ears. So we have a curve line going up and a curved line coming down. Kirm wrangling up in a curve line, coming down now for our Fox's body. We are just going to have some curve lines coming down from his face. So I would say about right here, curve line and curved line. Now what we're going to do is create some feet, so let's create his legs first. So two lines in two lines and then some little feet coming up. So curve, line out and straight up. Now we're going to create an area right here where we can have a little bit more detail just like this, and that's just going to be a curved line. Whenever you're using oil pastel. Sometimes the little bits get everywhere, so you just hope Pick those off with your fingers. The last thing that we're going to dio is create our fox's tail. So foxes have nice, fluffy tails. So what I'm going to do is coming out from either side of his body. You can choose the left hand side or the right hand side. We're going to just create a curved line coming up and a curved line coming down just like that and then of the tip of the tail. I'm going to create a little bit of detail as his exact line, just like that. Now, if there's anything else that you'd like to add to your box, go ahead and do that. If you like to add a little bit of a back leg right here, what you can Dio Because he's facing us. You're not going to be able to see his back legs very well. But what you can do is you could make just a little bit of a curve line right here, coming into the feet and that'll look like his back legs. So I think I like the way that that looks Keep in mind when you're doing art. If you'd like to add anything to your artwork, you can do that anytime you want. That's the great thing about art. You get to do what you want. So I'm happy with the way that my fox looks in the next video. We're going to come back and we're going to paint timid with watercolor paints. I'll see in a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Fox: already friends. I'm back and I am about to paint my box. And so I was thinking about the colors that I'd like to paint him. And I think that I'd like to just paint him a combination off brown and red. So I'm going to do a little bit of color mixing with my paints. So what I'm going to do first is I'm going to put a drop or two of water into each of my paint pans that I think that I might use and you put a little bit in the black, a swell. And what that will do is it will wake up my paints. I want my paints to be nice and ready for me to be using them. So there we go. So, like I said before, I like my fox to be brown and red, but I'd like the colors to be mixed. Let me show you what I mean. So I have two colors here. I have my brown right here, and I have my red right here. So what I'm going to do isn't going to take a little bit of my brown and I'm going to put it on my palette. See how I'm doing that, Putting a little bit of my brown on my palette Now what I'm going to do is rinse my brush out and I'm going to get a little bit of red, and I'm going to put that on my palette as well. And so that would make color. It's kind of like brownish red. It's the color that it ISS. So I think I need a little bit more brown. We go. I like that color for a fox. So that's the color and going to be using today. So I'm just going to start painting. And if I feel like I need to add a little bit more of one color or the other, I'll go ahead and do that like my brown. I feel like I need a little bit more brown, so I'm mixing that in. There we go. I like that color. So that's what's neat about watercolor paints is you can do a lot of mixing with um, you can either mix them on your paper or you could mix them on your palate that you have on your watercolor Pete trade. So I'm just going to be painting in this little guy just like this. Good to speed up the video a little bit and you couldn't either watch me or you can get started on painting your fox already friends Impac. So I kept a couple of my areas white on my fox. I kept the tip of his tail light. I kept his tummy white, and I kept his eyes white in that area around his eyes. I should say, I want to show you a little bit of a trick if you feel like you have too much pain on one of your areas of your pain. T. What you could do is take a little bit of your paper towel, fold it up, and then you just touch her painting just very, very slightly just like this, and it will take some of the paint off. So that's a neat trick that you might want to think about doing. If you don't want to do that, that's fine. If you like that, look where there's little puddles of paint. Go ahead and keep it like that. So now what I'm going to do isn't going to paint the background and let's see, I think I'm going to go for a green and a yellow for my background because I want my fox to appear like he's in the forest. And when I think of the forest, I think agreed. So I'm going to be working on that. Let's see, I'm going to choose maybe this green all Look at that. Look at how great that looks, but I'm also going to choose this green as well. So it'll kind of look like he's in some bushes in the forest going to add a little bit of yellow at some point as well. I'm going to speed up this video. And if you'd like toe watch me paint, you don't just take me a minute because I'm going to do my speed painting. If not, you can get started on your PT. I'll see you back here in a minute. Already. Friends. I'm back and then finished, and I'm really, really happy with the way that this looks. Now, if you have a few bits of oil pastel or crayon hanging on, that's okay. What you can do is wait until your painting is a little bit more dry and you can just swept them off a little bit as long as you don't touch your oil pastel because that will smear. Or you can shake them off once your painting is completely dry. So I have some areas that are pretty wet. I'm going to leave them like that. If you want to block your area's dry a little bit with a tissue or paper tell, that would be fine. And, yeah, I had a lot of fun with this project. I hope you did, too, and I hope to see you in the next video by.