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

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

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Frog

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Frog


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 Frog 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 Frog
  • Step 2: Paint the Frog 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!


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 frog, so I wanted to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is paper. I used a watercolor paper, which is a thick paper that holds watercolor paints and water. Very well. If you do not have watercolor paper available to you, that's okay. Just try to find a thick paper the next thing that you'll need or watercolor paints. I like this set because it has a lot of different color options, but it's up to you just to use what you have available to you. You'll also need some clean water and ah, large paint brush. This paper is pretty large. If you do not have this large of a paintbrush, that's okay. Just use what you have. You'll also need some crayons or oil pastels. It's up to you. Whatever you have available to you, you can use either one today for this project. I'm going to use oil pastels. Another thing that you will need is a paper towel. Paper tells always good because it can soak up messes. Or if you have a little bit of an area on your painting that you feel like you might want to take a little bit of the water or the paint off. That's why I use a paper towel. The last thing he'll need is a mat to go underneath your project so that your project doesn't get a mess all over your table or your workspace. So that's it. I'm looking forward to teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Frog: already friends. So let's get busy creating our frog. The first thing that we're going to do is draw our frog and to draw your frog. We are either going to use crayons or we're going to use oil pastels. I am going to choose oil pastels and I'm going to set my Kranz aside for right now. I'm choosing green, but you can choose any color that you'd like. If you want to choose orange or purple frogs come in a lot of different colors. I'm choosing green. So what you want to dio is remember that this is going to be a large frog. Okay, he's going to take up most of our paper. Little frogs are so cute, but for this particular project, we are going to be making a large frog. All right, so let's talk about what we need to dio take a look. Find the middle of your paper at move up a little bit from the middle, and what you're going to do is make a straight line going across. It's going to be a couple of inches or several centimeters from the edges of your paper. This is going to be the top of the frog's head. And when you look at a frog, it appears that his eyes are sitting on the top of his head. We're going to make some circles for his eyes, so they're going to be here at the top and they're going to be nice and big. Look at that. That is a big guy. And then you're going to make another very big I. Now what we're going to dio is we're going to come down here, and what you're going to do is you're going to look for the middle of your line and come down about two right here and make a dot. Now, we're going to go from the end of this line, and we're going to reach down to our dot and do the same thing for this side, edge of the line to our dot So that is going to be a triangle, and that is going to be the face part, plus the body part of our frog. Now what we're going to do is we're going to create the front legs of the frog, so they're going to come out from the sides of this triangle. So we're going to make a straight line down and a straight line down a straight line down and a straight line down. It doesn't look very much like legs yet, but just you watch. So at the bottom of these two legs were going to make some really long toes. So we're going to come out, come back in, come out, come back in, whips. My oil, pastel broke. That's okay. That happens all the time with oil pastel. And we come out and come back in and close up. We're going to do the same thing on this side. Come out, come back in, come out, come back in, come out and come back in to where we have the line. Okay? At the end of each toe, we're going to make a small circle just like that. Those are going to be the little paths. The little pads for our frogs toes. After we do that, we're going to go back up to this part of our frog, and we're going to make his hind legs, and they're going to stick out from the back of his body. So let's start on this one. Let me show you what to Dio, you're going to make a curved line coming up and then you're going to hit him right in his leg. After you do that, you're going to jump over his leg and you're going to come right underneath the bottom part of this triangle. I know that seems kind of tricky, so I'm going to go over that again. So what you do is you start right here on the side of the triangle, right where the triangle meets the front leg. You make a curved line coming out and you go down until you hit the front leg. Then you jump over the front leg, and then you start your line back up again and you keep going until you hit the point where you are right underneath the bottom part of the triangle. Let me show you with this one. So you come up and then you come down. Oh, lift up, jump right over. And then we come right back down, just like that. Okay? It's kind of tricky, but I I'm confident that you can do this part now. You're going to go back up to this leg. This is the back leg and make a line and do the same thing on this side. Alrighty. So what we're going to do down here at the bottom is we're just going to make a line just like that. So these air his front legs and feet and his back legs. Now let's create a couple of feet for the back, so you're not going to be able to see all of the back feet, but we're going to try to put a little bit of Hiss foot there. So just make a line coming out in a line coming out and the line coming back in and the line coming back in. Now A little bit comes out right here and a little bit more comes out right here. See how that works. So basically, these air, his legs and these air his back feet. Let's put a little bit of a pad on there. There we go. It's pretty complicated when you look at it this way, but if you go step by step, you should do just fine. And if you need to practice over and over, that's okay already, the next step is for us to create his smile. So for his smile. You could just make a nice wide letter. You and then for his eyes. I think I'm going to switch my oil pastel green. And I'd like to change it to the black. So I'm going to big a nice, big round. I just like that. That one might need to be a little bit bigger. Hey, I really like the way that he looks. He turned out really, really cute. Already said, The next step is we're going to start painting in the next video. You will do that. I'll see in a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Frog: already. Friends, welcome back. So our frog is ready to start getting his paint. The first thing that you want to do is wake up your watercolor paints. The way that you wake up your watercolor paid so they are ready for you to use them is that you put a drop or two of water inside each of your paint pants that you're going to be using that color and that will prepare your paints for when you need to start painting. So I'm taking a look at my frog, and I'm just trying to decide what colors I'd like to paint him. I think I'd like to paint his body may be green and yellow and then the background. I'm not sure about yet until I get the green and yellow on here and then I will make a decision on that. And you have to remember, with art, sometimes you have to look at your artwork before you could make a decision on what to do next. And that's what I'm going to dio. So I'm going to be painting with green and yellow, and I'm just going to get started. I am not going to paint in his eyes at all because I like them to stay nice and white. I'd like them to stay nice and white. Fine painting, painting, painting. I think what I'll do is I will speed up this video and I'll see you back here in a minute. Already. Friends, I'm back. So I'm finished painting in my frog, and I think what I'm going to do with the background, I believe that I'd like to paint the background, maybe orange and maybe a light orange and maybe a little bit of yellow. So I'm going to start doing that. Keep in mind with watercolor paints. If you touch Ah wet watercolor area with your brush, it could start spreading. So if that happens, that's okay. That's just the nature of watercolor paints, and sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn't. But, um, I think it's fun when it does happen, because it can create really cool patterns that you might not be expecting. So what I'm going to dio is I'm going to start painting with orange. I'll look at that beautiful color orange and maybe a little bit of a darker orange, and then maybe even a little bit of yellow. If I feel like it, I'm going to speed up this video and I'll see you back here in a minute. - Already . Friends, I'm back. And I really like the way that my frog looks. He looks really cool. So I'd like to explain a couple of things If you see little areas that you'd like to dab with your paper Tavel and get those areas a little bit lighter because there's a lot of water on their. What you'll do is you'll to just take a little bit of your paper towel, fold it up and just quickly touch just like that. If you'd like to do that, If not, you can leave it there. And when it dries, it will be just a little bit darker. I see some areas right here, too. There you go. Perfect. All right, so what I'm going to do next and lastly, I'm going to just put a couple of dots of color onto my toes. And for this part, I don't want the color to spread around with the background. So I'm going to have a pretty dry brush going to dry it off a little bit and just dip a tiny, tiny bit of paint into my red, and then I'm carefully going to paint it in just like that. If you don't mind your spreading around, that's OK, then you could use more more water than I'm using. I just want to be very, very careful because this area that I'm painting right now is so small. He's a little toe pads are very, very just very, very small. There we go. I really like how this guy has turned out. I wanted to mention one more thing when I'm painting the background, especially, I like it when the colors blend together. That's why I used a combination of light orange, a little bit of a darker orange and yellow, and I just kind of made sure that they ran into each other because I like that look, and that's the look that I'm going for. I like it when the water color spreads around and it does it something. So I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and I'll see you next time By