Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Tropical Watermelon Design | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Tropical Watermelon Design

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

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Tropical Watermelon Design

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Design

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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 Tropical Watermelon 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 5+. 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 Tropical Watermelon 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 Tropical Watermelon 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


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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3. Step 2: Paint the Design: In this step, we are going to apply our watercolor paints. So before we do that, we need to prepare our paints so they are ready for us to use. So the way that I would suggest doing is taking one or two drops of water and putting one or two drops of water into each pan of paint. And what that will do is it will dissolve the paint just a little bit and it will be much, much easier to use. That's a tip that I got from my own art teacher when I was in the third grade. And it really, really helped me. And now when I paint, every single time, I prepare my paints by putting one or two drops of water in each pan of paint while our paints are dissolving, let's talk a little bit about how we're going to paint our watermelon design. We're going to start by painting our watermelon and we're going to paint the green and the red, but we're not going to paint the black quite get the black seeds because we're going to use the black last. And then after we paint our watermelon, then we're going to paint our background and then go back to our seeds. All right, so we want to make sure that we, we paint this part green. And then we want to leave a little white space. I don't know if you've ever eaten watermelon before. But when I have, it always has this little slight white line right here next to the green, right next to the rind. And then we have the red, so it goes green, white, and then red. But the white part is really, really thin. So we're going to start out with our green and I'm going to choose this green right here. And I'm going to be very careful with this. I'm going to paint right along the edge like this. Maybe pull a little bit of that down. I need a little bit more. I'm going slowly and carefully so I'm doing my best work. A little bit more of the green. Pulling that down. There we go. All right, now that I have my green paint and make that a little bit straighter, I'm going to remember that I went to leave a little bit of space for my white. This part can get kind of tricky of the project. So going to use red and I'm going to try to leave a little space. Do you see how I'm doing that? If you do go into your green, No worry about it too much. Just do the best that you can. I've painted a lot of water melons in my day and sometimes I do go into the green. And I just say, Oh, well, I went into the green. But I try not to go on a little extra other little piece of paint. So I'm going to try to get that up with my paintbrush and put it over there on my little paper towel. So I'm going to just continue on, try my best. My red paint, trying to keep a little skinny line of white. There we go. I did it. Now that we have our little white line. Now we can go ahead and fill in the rest of our space with the red. And I'm going to not go onto my black seeds. I'm going to go around them. I'm going to take my time and I'm going to speed up this video. All ready friends. So now I'm finished painting my watermelon except for the seeds. And now I'm going to move on to the background. I'm going to paint my flowers. I think orange and pink, but maybe yellow and pink. And then I'm going to paint my leaves green and then my background blue. I might change my mind. I just kind of figure it out as I go. You can color your background, whatever colors you like. So go ahead and feel free to do that. And you watch me as I'm painting, I would love that. I'm going to speed up this video so that you can watch me and it'll only take maybe 30 seconds or so. I'm going to speed this up pretty fast. So you can watch me and then you can get started on your own painting. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. You already friends. So now I'm finished with my watermelon and the background, and now I just need to paint my seeds black. So I'm going to take some of my black paint. Let me show you. And I'm going to just put a little bit of black right here in one of my wells and I'm going to add a little bit of water to it because I don't want my black to be too dark and I really don't need that much. And when I am painting with my black paint, I'm going to be very careful because I want it to stay inside that little space. Otherwise it will run around into my red. If it does run around into your read a little bit, what you can do is take your handy-dandy paper towel and you can just blot your space a little bit. And then that will pull some of the color up. Okay. That's if your paint starts running around to places that you don't want it to be. Alrighty friends. I'm finished painting in my water melon seeds now and going to allow my painting to dry. And I really like how mine turned out. I hope that you enjoyed this project. I'll see you next time.