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

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

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Dragonfly

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Dragonfly

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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 Dragonfly 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 Dragonfly
  • Step 2: Paint the Dragonfly 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:

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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 Ah great d today. Today we will be creating this dragon fly painting. I wanted to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project so you can gather them up. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper. Ah, piece of thick paper. I'm using watercolor paper here. Watercolor paper is a thick paper that holds water color paint. Very well. And it holds water well as well. If you do not have watercolor paper available to you that's okay. Just choose any thick paper. Another thing that you will need are some watercolor paints. I like to use a set like this because it has a variety of different colors. You will also need some clean water and a paintbrush. I'm using a giant paintbrush. If you do not have a paint brush that is this big. That's okay. Just use whatever is available to you. You will also need some crayons or some oil pastels for this particular project. I am going to be using oil pastels. But you can use crowns as well. I would suggest that you also have a paper towel. That way you can clean up any spill, or if you have extra paint on your paper, you can just stop that up very quickly. The last thing that you'll need is about a mat will help keep your workspace clean and tidy , and it's a good thing to put down before each project. So that's it. I'm excited to teach you this project. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Dragonfly: already friends. So let's get started on our dragon fly drawing the first thing that you'll want to dio is choose a color for the outline of your dragon fly. I am going to choose the color orange of my oil. Pastel. If you'd like to use Cran, that would be fine as well. Let me scooch Etess aside and let's get started on our drawing. The first thing that you want to do is make a circle not exactly in the middle of your piece of paper, but a little bit to the side. The next thing that you're going to do is you are going to be making a body that is diagonally shaped. Watch what I dio. I come down as long as it far as I can and then I come back up. Dragonflies have very thin bodies. Now what I'm going to dio is I'm going to create my Dragonflies wings, so to create a dragon fly wing, what you're going to do is start pretty close to the top of the body right below the head and you're just going to make a long wing that looks like this. So it's a very long line curves around and turns back into a long line. And then we do the same thing on the other side, naked as long as we can. Going to the edge of the paper. You're Dragonflies have more than one way. They have four wings. So what we're going to do is we're going to make another wing underneath that first wing, same shape. So we're going to go just like this. And if I get going a little bit too fast for you, you could just press that pause button. Now. The next thing that I'm going to do is put a little bit of detail on my Dragonflies already . So let's add a little bit of detail to our dragon fly. I'm just going to put some lines. If you can think of a different pattern that you'd like to put inside your dragon fly, that would be fine. Even if you wanted to put hearts or circles or whatever, you'd like to give your dragon fly a little bit more detail. That would be fine. Now I'm going to switch my oil pastels to the color black. You don't have to do that, but you can if you like going to make some nice big eyes for my dragon fly and an antenna coming right out from the tops, a straight line and a curlicue straight line and a curly Q. Also, if you'd like to put a little smile, that would be cute as well. So one more thing that I'd like to mention if you'd like to get a white crayon or oil pastel, you can even put a pattern inside each wing. So I'm just going to put Sum's exact lines. You might not be able to see this or you might on the video. I'm not sure so, but be assured that I'm putting us exact line in each wing, and then when I paint with watercolor paints, the oil pastel will resist the paint and you'll be able to see the white lines all right when we come back, what we're going to do is we're going to start watercolor painting. I'll see you in a minute 3. Step 2: Paint the Dragonfly : already friends. I'm back. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to paint my dragon fly, and I was thinking about the colors that I'd like to paint my dragon fly, and I know that they come in all different colors. But I think what I'll do is I'll paint his head and his body orjan yellow and his wings a light blue and then the background. I think I'm going to paint more of a green, so let's get started on that. What I'm going to do first is I'm going to wake up my paints. So I'm putting a small drop of water in each of my paint pans that I'm going to use. And what that will do is it will wake up my paint and get it ready for me for when I'm ready to start painting. So there we go, so I'm going to start out with the orange in yellow. Look at that. That's nice. So there is my orange runs, rents, rents. Get some yellow on there, nice and bright, and keep in mind when you are painting. We don't go over and over over the same area, because if you do that? What can happen is that your paper can rip and tear. There we go. Oh, what a cute e. Okay, rinse, rinse, rinse. And I'm going to use some blue two tiny dot of blue for my wings. I'd like this to be very, very light because wings are a little bit translucent, which means you could see through them kind of transparent. But do you see how that blue is going right over that white oil pastel and that white oil passed out is resisting the blue paint and you could actually see the pattern. You can see the white pattern, take some of my paint off here and put it on here. That's another thing you can dio. You can always take paint from another spot on your painting and then use it to paint another area. I do that all the time. Her effect. Now what I think I'll dio is I think I will paint my background green, so I'm going to use a couple of different shades of green. I like this really like re. But then there's another green that I like also this one. I'm going to blend them in just a little bit. I'm not going over and over them going to just put a little bit to the edge of the initial green and then they'll kind of bleed together. Lead means that they run together. I got a little bit of green right here on his face, and that's okay. I don't mind if it's on there just a little bit. If it gets on there, If it kind of seeps into the rest of this face, then maybe I will dab it with my paper tell. But I kind of like the way that it looks right now. So what I'm going to do is speed up the video and you can keep watching me Speed paint, or what you can do is just get started on your own project. It's up to you, so I'll see in a minute already . Friends I back, and I really like the way that this dragon fly looks. I'm going to do a couple of things. I'm going to dab this dragon fly just a little bit. And the reason why is because I see some of my paint seeping into his wing, and normally I would just let that go. But for this particular project, I'm going to just dab it a little bit to stop that paint from running in. Let's see, there's a spot right here, too. And I think that that's good. Maybe just right here. Just touch it lightly. And that will take off some of the paint. Maybe a little bit on his face. Lighten up his face just a little. There we go. I like the way that that looks. Alrighty. Well done. So I'm glad that you did this project with me today, and I look forward to seeing you again next time by