Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Bee Step-By-Step | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Bee Step-By-Step

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Bee

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Bee and the Background

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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

Are you seeking a healthy activity that will drive creativity and self-confidence in your child? 

This Little Bee 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 a Bee
  • Step 2: Paint the Bee 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:

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 to This Project and Supplies You Will Need: Hi 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 a drawing and watercolor painting up the project that was designed 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 create this really cute be. Let's go over the supplies in 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 some clean and clear water and a paintbrush. I use a paintbrush this size. But if you don't have that available to you, that's okay. Just use what you have. You will need either a black crayon or a black oil pastel. I'm going to use a black oil pastel for this project because I like the fake line, but the black crayon will work as well. You will need a paper towel and I'm Matt to protect your workspace. 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 Bee: In this step we are going to draw our B. So go ahead and pick up either your black oil pastel or your black crayon. Either one will do. I'm going to use my black oil pastel because I like the thick line that it's going to give me. So I like to use oil pastel. That crayon will work just fine. All right, we're going to come down maybe about six or seven inches, that will be maybe about 10 centimeters. And then right here in this space for going to make an oval shape. But the edges, the corners are going to be a little bit squared like this, right? So it's kind of a cross between a rectangle and an OL. Now on top of this we're going to make a shape that looks like this. It's like a semicircle. Next we are going to make this part of his body down here at the bottom. And we're going to make two curved lines that meet at a point. So let's find the center of this shape right here. Comes straight down in. Make sure you're not hitting the bottom of the piece of paper but close to the bottom. And you'll make a small dot. Dot doesn't need to be very big because it's just a guide dot. Okay? So what we're going to do is come from this corner area down to this dot with a curved line. Let me show you what I mean. So I start here, I make a curved line. I'm going slowly and carefully, and I end up right there at the top. I'm going to do this same thing on the other side. So I make a curved line. And then I stop at the dot. Now down here at the bottom, if you'd like to make a little stinger, you can do that. Just going to make a short little stinger. Now we're going to come back up to the bee's body. Let's make some oval eyes here in the head. And then we're going to make some stripes down here so that we can make them black and yellow. So I'm going to just make some stripes. All right, Now I'm going to go back up to the top. I'm going to make some antenna. So those are just straight lines coming up with a little dot at the top. So now I'm going to make some wings and they're going to start about right here. And we're just going to make straight lines almost to the end of our paper, to the edge of our paper, but we're not quite touching that. So straight lines. Your wings might be longer or shorter than mine. So remember when you're doing art, your art is going to be different than mine and it's going to be different from your neighbors. So make sure that you understand that it's not going to look exactly the same. And that's the good thing about art. Alright, so now we're going to start at this point right here at the edge of this line, at the end of the line, and we're going to go back into the body. So let me show you what I mean with a curved line. We're going to come down and come back up. And then the same thing on the other side, come down and then come back up. All right, So on a b we have wings that are overlapping. So we're going to make another wing and it's going to start right here at this point where the wing touches the body. And we're just going to make another wing and it's going to be a little bit more around. And it's going through that line is going through the other way. Okay? Because the wings are transparent, that means you can see through them. Okay? Alright, let's make some likes. So we're going to make some legs up here to some straight lines with dots at the end. And then down here let's make some more so straight lines and then another straight line coming down. Same on the other side. Now notice where I came out for this leg. So I came out from my right underneath the wing. Now I'm going to make the two last link. So I'm going to come down just a little bit. I'm going to make a line and then a straight line down with a little dot at the end and same on this side. Already friends. So that's it for the drawing portion of RB. When we come back, we will be doing some watercolor painting. 3. Step 2: Paint the Bee and the Background: Already friends. In this step we are going to apply some water color paint to RB design. So one thing I want to remind you of before we start painting is that if you do use oil pastel, oil pastels are really soft and they smear very easily. So you'll want to avoid swiping your paper because that will just create a some lines on your paper that you might not want. So just be very aware of that. Okay, so what we're going to do first is prepare our watercolor paints. And the way that we prepare our patients is to put a one or two drops of water inside each of our pans of paint. And that will soften up the paint. It will dissolve the paint a little bit. And then you can use the paint more easily. It will come out of its Pam more easily. Now, okay, So let's talk about the colors. So I'm going to be painting my be black and yellow for the bee's body. And I'm probably going to paint his eyes black. And I am going to paint the wings, maybe a light blue and the background. I'm not quite sure. Maybe a combination of colors. I'm not sure yet. So you decide if the colors that you'd like to use for your b. And then you can go ahead and start painting. Remember when you are painting, if you get your paint a little bit out of the area that you were intending to paint. It's okay. If you want to remove that paint, you just take your handy-dandy paper towel. And the place that you want to lift the paint, you just touch it lightly and then bring up the paint and then carry on with your painting. Otherwise, you can just let the colors flow the way that they want to flow. That's what I normally do. Ok, so I'm going to start my painting and to make my black eye stand out, I think I'm going to paint this part of his head yellow. And then I will just decide, let's see, I think maybe I will decide to paint this part black, so I will leave it until I use my black. Another tip that I have for you for when you're using black is, black is a very strong and powerful color. So it's always a good idea to make sure that you use the black. Last if you're using it with a lot of other colors, if you can. In the reason why is because sometimes it will overpower all of the other colors if it starts running around. So it's completely up to you, but that's what I'm going to choose to do. Also, it will make your water muddier faster. Okay, so I'm going to be applying all my other colors first, and then I'm going to apply my black last. One more thing. As I'm painting these wings, I want my wings to be a really light blue because it's more of a transparent part of his body. So I'm not using a lot of paint. I'm using a lot of water. That's a little bit dark, darker than I wanted, so I'm lightening it up with my water. And if I feel like it's still too dark, I'll take my handy dandy paper towel and touch very lightly and it brings up some of the paint, should I rabbit? No, because that will smear your oil pastels. Okay. I'll see you back here in just a minute. All right, friends, I finished with my be painting. I like how it turned out in the background. As you can see, I used a few different colors. I used yellow. I used these two different greens, and I used a turquoise color down here. Now you might not have the same colors that I do in that's okay, just use what you have available to you to make your stunning artwork. Already friends, I hope that you enjoyed this lesson. I'll see you next time.