Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Sneaky Lizard | Em Winn | Skillshare

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

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Art for Kids: How to Draw and Paint a Lizard

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Lizard With Pencil

    • 3. Step 2: Outline Lizard With Oil Pastel or Crayon

    • 4. Step 3: Watercolor Paint Lizard and Background

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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 Lizard Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6+.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Lizard With Pencil
  • Step 2: Outline Lizard With Oil Pastel or Crayon
  • Step 3:¬†Paint Lizard 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!

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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. Art for Kids: How to Draw and Paint a Lizard: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having ah great d today. Today we will be creating this a lizard. He is so cool. And he reminds me of the type of lizard that's in Hawaii. So I hope that you have fun with this lesson today. I wanted to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need for this lesson so that you can be successful, so the first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper. This is watercolor paper. It's a little bit thicker than ordinary paper, and if you have watercolor paper or anything paper that will be perfect. You'll also need some watercolor paints. Thes paints have a variety of different colors, but just use what you have available to you. You'll also need ah, cop or a small bowl of clean water. And what are two paintbrushes? It's up to you. Whatever you have available, I'm sure, would work well for large areas. It's easier if you have a little bit of a larger brush. And for small, detailed areas, it's easier if you have a smaller brush. You will also need a pencil with an eraser. So what we're going to do on this project is we are going to start out by sketching out our lizard, and then we are going to be filling it in with some color. So you'll need it. A pencil with an eraser because you might feel like you need to erase on this one. Some of the lines and the shapes are a little bit tricky, so you might have to practice a little bit. You'll also need some oil pastels. Let me show you what I have. I have this type of oil. Pastel. This is my class set. This is this the said that I use in my classroom. But let me show you what they look like. They look like this. They look kind of like a crayon. And they're called Cray pas. And they are oil pastels for kids to use. And they're nice and bright in their similar to a crayon. So if you do not have oil pastels available to you, no problem at all. You can use Koreans. This is a good type of a crayon. It has a lot of different colors in there. I do like to use the oil pastels because They are nice and bright and thick, so if you have these, use them. If you don't, you can use crayons. Another thing that you will need is a paper towel that's always good to have around for spills or cleanups. Or if you need to get a little paint off of your piece of paper. Sometimes you can go like that and lift a little bit of paint off. See that? Okay, and then the last thing that you'll need is a mat. So underneath my artwork, I have a mat working that that I can use. So it protects my desk or the floor that I'm working on my work area. So, yeah, let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Lizard With Pencil: all righty friends. So here we go. Let's start creating our lizard. So the first thing that you'll want to do is get your pencil out and make sure that it has an eraser on it, because an eraser might come in handy if you need to erase. I wanted to show you something with lines from a pencil. If you draw very lightly on your paper like this, it's really easy to erase right. However, if you push really, really hard with your pencil, it's difficult to erase. Watch this. See that? That might not even come all the way off. So I want to make sure when I'm drawing when im sketching my lizard out today, I want to make sure that I do not press very hard now uncorking to press hard because I need to show you. And I need you to see on the video what you need to dio. But you do not need to press this hard as I do. So here we go. Let's get started. The first thing that you'll want to dio is you'll want to make a shape that looks like a diamond, so a diamond shape looks like this, but we're not going to close it up at the top. All right, so we're going to make a diamond shape with soft edges that is not closed up at the top. Now this next shape is kind of tricky. It involves kind of swirling around and using a line that's pretty wavy. So let me show you what I mean. So you start at your diamond, you come out, you make his tummy and you come back in. So it's almost like a curved line. I you that stretched out. Okay, so you you make one of those for a long as you want your lizards tummy to be after you're finished. With that, you come back around with a curve line, so it's almost like a line that goes out, comes back in and goes out again. Like I said, it's not an easy line to make, but with some practice, it practice. Like I said, it's not an easy line to make, but with some practice, you'll do just fine. Now we're going to take that line and we're going to curve it around, and this is going to be his tail. Okay, so that's just one side of his body. The other side of his body is going to be similar. It's not going to follow exactly this line in this tummy area. But once we get to the tail, it's going to follow this the first line that we made. So let me show you what I need. So we come out would come around like this. So basically, you start here at the top section, you go in, you go out and then you come back in and now you're going to meet up with this line and curve around. Like I said, this can be tricky. So you just have to do the best that you can, okay? And if you need to spend some time you racing and opened doing it over again, that's okay. That's what art is about. Trying new things, making mistakes, seeing that. It's okay if you start over again or if you want to change something. So if you want to pause the video for right now, you could do that or we can keep going. Here we go. We're going to make his front arms and fingers. So what we're going to do is we're going to come a little bit down from his head and we're going to make a straight line. A straight line almost looks like if we kept going with airlines, we turn into a V, but we're going to stop and then we're going to make an angle and another angle, and then we're going to close up at the bottom. That's going to be one leg and fingers. So let's make some fingers here one to three for Let's put some pads, the church's circles at the tips of her finger, and we're going to do the same on the other side. So why now? Why now Do not close them up, line and line and close up. And then let's put some fingers, skinny, skinny fingers. Have you ever seen a lizard in real life? I've seen a couple in my day there. Really cool. Okay, put some pads on their if you like. Now we're going to go back to his back legs. So straight line, straight line. Don't close it up. Another straight line, straight line. Close it up. Let's make some toes with some pads. All right, one more leg. Straight line, straight line straight line straight line and close it up and some toes and let's put some pads and those are just circles. Cool. I think he's turning out well so far. Alrighty. So what we're going to do now is we are going to stop where we are, and we're going to put some detail on the inside of our lizard when we come back in the next video. 3. Step 2: Outline Lizard With Oil Pastel or Crayon: already. Friends still wind back. So we have our pencil sketch of our lizard, and we're going to start covering the pencil lines with either oil pastels or crayons if you don't have oil pastels available to you. So I have crayons and I have oil pastels, oil pastels. Um, I think they cover a little bit better, but either one will work just fine. So what I'm what I've done is I made the decision to cover the body of my my lizard, actually, the outline of my lizard with green. So I'm going to go ahead and do that, and I'm going to press fairly hard. And sometimes with oil pastels, they break, which doesn't bother me at all, because sometimes I actually break them on purpose because they're easier to use if they're broken. Sometimes Kranz even break, but oil pastels break all the time. That's just the nature of oil pastels. And I want to make sure that I cover all of my lines. All right, toes almost finished. And then let's go to the slang. Oops. I forgot these toes over here. Here we go. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to take a moment to take a look at my lizard, and I'm going to just start filling him in with some color. I am not going to completely fill him in because I want to use some water color paint as well. So I'm just going to put some designs on the inside of my lizard. And so if you would like Toa watch me do that, you can watch me or what you can dio. If you want to go ahead, you can feel your lizard in with some designs as well. I'm going to speed up this video so that you can watch me and we can get this done quickly . So I'll be back in just a minute already , friends. So I'm back. What I did is I just filled in my lizard with a couple of lines. Ah, couple of dots, couple of patterns. And the reason why I wanted to do that is because I wanted to give him some detail before I started with my watercolor painting. So in the next video, we're going to come back and I will show you how we are going to use our water color paints 4. Step 3: Watercolor Paint Lizard and Background: Alrighty, friends. I'm back and we're going to paint our lizard. So what we're going to do is we're going to prepare our paints first. And the way that you could do that is you can take one drop of clean water and just put it inside your paint pan, one for each little pan. And what that does is it wakes up the pains, it gets the paint ready or us to use. So that's a really good tip right there. So I'm going to kind of look at my picture. And then I'm going to decide what colors I'd like to paint. I think for the actual lizard, I'm going to do some greens, maybe some yellows, maybe some blues, greens and blues and yellows. I think that would look nice. And then maybe the outside all all pants, um, maybe some orange. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to start painting, and I'm just going to make sure that I rinse my brush out after every color. And, yeah, you can watch me, or you can get started on your own piece of artwork already . Friends, I'm back. What do you think I really really like the way that he turned out. I think that he looks really great. I love the colors. I love the way that everything is blending together. I wanted to show you a couple of things. I was thinking about coloring this or painting this entirely orange. But then I thought maybe I should put a little bit of yellow in there. And when you are creating art, sometimes you will pivot. What that means is you will change your mind when you start getting into the process. And actually, that's a good thing. It's a good thing to pivot. Just go with what you feel at that moment. So at that moment I felt like, Oh, I don't want to make this background all orange. I want to give it a little bit more interest, and I want to make sure that I get some yellow in there as well. So if you look at this area right here, it's starting to move that the blue is starting to blend into the orange, and that's okay with me. I like that. I like that effect. I like that look, and I like that with watercolor paints. You don't have that much control over what's happening. The watercolor paints just kind of take over and take take control of the situation. So I hope you enjoy this lesson and I look forward to seeing you next time. Bye.