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

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Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Lion 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 Lion

    • 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Lion

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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Lion 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 Lion
  • Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Lion

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 to This Project and Supplies You Will Need: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a lion cartoon project that we're going to draw with either crayons or oil pastels , and we're going to water color. Paint it as well. I wanted to let you know that this project is designed especially for beginners. So if you don't have any drawing or painting experience at all, you can still be really successful with this project. I'd also like to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need for this project . The first thing that you'll need is paper. I used a watercolor paper here. It's a nice and thick paper, and if you don't have this around, that's okay. Just use any thick paper. You'll also need a watercolor paints. I like to use a set like this, and the reason why is because it has a lot of color traces. You'll also need some clean water and a paintbrush. I like to use a bigger paintbrush for this project because it holds a lot of pain and it holds a lot of water and it's done. It's the drop done in a very short period of time. You'll also need some oil pastels. Ah, this is a pretty big set. You don't need a set this big. You just need one or two oil pastels of the color of your choice. If you don't have oil pastels, that's okay. Just use Kranz. If you have some crowns around, Ah, the line won't be quite as thick as my line because I used oil pastels. But Kranz work just fine. Another thing that you'll need is, ah, handy dandy paper towel. It's good for spills. It's good for taking a paint. If you have a little bit too much paint on your piece of artwork, you can take it off very easily with a handy dandy paper tell. And the last thing that you'll need is a little Matt or a piece of paper or something to cover your workspace so that your paint doesn't get everywhere and it keeps your area nice and tidy. So I hope that you are excited about this lesson. I know I am. Let's get started 2. Step 1: Draw a Lion: Hey, friends. So let's get started on the drawing portion of our lion artwork. When I'm going to do first is I'm going to choose my black oil pastel. You can choose whatever calling you like. I like to use black because it delivers a nice, thick line and it shows up really, really well. So what I'm going to do first is I'm going to make what I call us is a soft square and a soft square is a square, but it has soft corners to it has soft edges like this, so that's the first step for our land. The next thing that we're going to do is we're going to make some ears towards the top of our lion's head, and then we're going to make his main in his main is going to go all the way around his face in his main. It's just a Siris of lines that are zigzag lines like this going all the way around, and I'm going a little bit fast, but you can go a little bit slower if you'd like to. And then just remember at the end, hook them up together. Now I'm going to go back to my lion's face, and I'm going to put some details inside of his face. So I'm going to make some eyes and they're going to be a wide set, meaning that they're just going to be off to the side of each side of the of the shape that we made. And then I'm going to come down with a curve line and a curved line like this, and then I'm going to close at the bottom with a triangle, and I'm going to fill that in with my oil pastel coming down from this line. I'm going to make a J and another J. And then I'm going to add three or four little dots to represent his little whiskers. We'll look at how cute he is, right for our lion's body. And remember, this is a cartoon. It's not realistic, but you can tell it's a lion for sure. We're going to make his body. So we have a curved line coming down from his main and another curve line, and then we're going to make his legs right here in the front. So straight line down another straight line down. That's one leg and two more straight lines down and then at the bottom. Let's put some toes, and those are just, um, use that are hooked together. Now we're going to close up this shape right here with straight lines, and then our lion is going to be sitting on the ground. So well puts, Um, they're almost, like upside down J lines again. And then we'll make a foot coming out from the back like this. So he's a little bit of a chubby lion. Your lion might not be this chubby, but mine turned out to be pretty chubby. I think he's really cute for his tail, a curved line and then another curved line that follows that first curved line and then the little spiky tail. All right, let's put him in, uh, desert. So let's make a straight line here for the background. Did you see how I made that line? But I didn't go over his body because I don't want to have a line going through his body, and then I come out the other side, so basically come along duty to do lift up your drawing utensil and then bring it down and then you can finish off, and I think I'm going to add a little bit of plant here, plant material, and then I don't have a whole lot of room in the back, but I think I'll add some low hills. So I go along here, maybe come up here, go down here like this, and then I as you know, I like to add a few little clouds in the sky. So I think I'm going to do that. These were going to have to be pretty small because my lion takes up a lot of the space here. Maybe I'll even put one up here. I'm not sure if you can see that going off a piece of paper. Alrighty. I am happy with my lion. He looks really cute. When we come back, I will paint my lion and I'll see in a minute. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Lion: already friends. So let's move on to the painting portion of our project. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to start out by putting a small drop of water in each one of my paints. That way it will wake up, the water will wake up my paints. Gonna take my time with this. Go slowly, carefully. So I do my best. Here we go. Now they're going to get ready as I'm talking to you. So I'm going to kind of plan out the colors that I'm going to use. I think for my lion's mane, I'm going to use maybe a dark orange. And then for this part of his body, I'll use either yellow or a lighter orange, same for the tail and then burned down here. I think I'll use some meaty green and then for the hills, maybe some purple or brown. I haven't decided yet, and then for the sky, meaty of blue or maybe even a purple if I don't use purple for the mountains, So let's just see what happens. I'm going to dip my paintbrush into my paint and then I'm going to start painting who that's a really pretty color, isn't it? Remember, with watercolor paints, the more paint that you add, the darker your color will be. And the more water you add, the lighter your color will be. So, basically, I'm just going to go around this little guy's main, and I am going to just paint all the way around for this particular project. I'm going to try to stay inside the lines. Sometimes it doesn't really matter if you stay inside the lines, but for this particular one, I'm going to try. If it gets a little bit out of the lines, please don't worry about it. That's just the nature of watercolor paints, all right, going to go around that year and then finish that up and then I'm going to paint this part . Orange is wow. Now for his body. I think I'm going to use this lighter shade of orange and maybe even add a little bit of yellow to it. The way that I do that is that you could do some color mixing here on the tray. Or you can just go ahead and depth like this. Yeah, Oh, that's pretty. That really light yellow, even if what you want to add a little bit of yellow over here, go ahead and do that. It's completely up to you already. I think what I'm going to dio is I am going to speed up this painting process and you're welcome to go ahead and watch me or you can get started on your own project. It's up to you. Asked you back here in a minute already. Friends, I'm back and I'm really happy with the way that my little chubby lion turned out. I like the colors that I used, and I think that he just looks really, really cute. So I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and I will see you next time.