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

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

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

      1:06
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Stag Beetle

      4:28
    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Stag Beetle

      4:04
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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 Stag Beetle 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 Stag Beetle
  • Step 2: Paint the Stag Beetle 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 Stag Beetle 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

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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 you to this project. This is a drawing and watercolor painting as stag beetle project that I designed especially for kids. You do not need to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project. I'd like to 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 and a bowl or a cup of clean water. You will need a paintbrush. And you will need either a black oil pastel or a black crayon and a paper towel. So go ahead and gather all of those supplies and materials. And I'll see you back here in the next video. 2. Step 1: Draw a Stag Beetle: In this step we are going to draw our stag beetle. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to take our black oil pastel or our black crayon. We're going to find the middle of our piece of paper and come down. I would say maybe about seven or eight inches. That would be maybe 11 or 12 centimeters from the top of your piece of paper. And we're going to make a straight horizontal line around that long. If yours is a little bit longer or shorter, That's okay. Now after we make our initial line, the next thing that we're going to do is make a curved line in a curved line coming down on the other side. Now we're going to make a line connected to that first curve line and the second line. And then we're going to make the letter V. In that letter V is going to connect to those two lines. All right, let's go up to the top of our piece of paper, right above this initial line right here. And we're going to make our pictures for our stag beetle. So we're going to start out here at the end of our initial line, and we're going to make a curved line. And another curved line. You see the outer edges of our contours. Now we're going to come down like this and come down like this. And then what we're going to do is we are going to make a curved line going this way, in a curved line going this way. And then we're going to come down like this with another curved line. Same thing on this side. Those are going to be our pictures for a stag beetle. All right, down here at the bottom, we're going to make a large letter U, and that's going to be the body of our stag beetle. So let's go ahead and do that. Yours might be longer or shorter than mine, and that's okay. The next thing that we're going to do is make his legs and his feet. And so you can make these going off in any direction that you'd like. I'm going to start mine right here at this little V area. So I'm going to come up with that water and paint over a little and then come up and then I'm going to double up those lines. So double those up so they're a little bit thicker. And then I'm going to put a little foot at the top of that. So line, line, double that up. And then put a little foot. Now the stag beetles, they have three legs on each side of their body for a total of six legs and feet. So I need to make two more sets on each side. So I'll make one more here. Double data with the foot at the bottom. Same thing on the other side. And then I'm going to make one more already friends. So now we're going to go into the body of our stag beetle in, we're going to make two lines here. So one and then another one right next to that initial line. And then at this point you can put some different patterns or different shapes or lines inside of this section down here. I'm just going to make some lines because I like the way that that looks, but you can certainly make something else if you'd like to. You can put dots or you can put hearts or you can put circles or triangles, anything that you'd like. Or you can put stripes like I'm putting. Alrighty. So there's our stag beetle. What we're going to do when we come back is we are going to paint our beetle. And so I will see you in the next video. 3. Step 2: Paint the Stag Beetle: In this step we are going to apply some paint to our stag beetle. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to drop one or two drops of water inside each little pan of paint. And what this will do is it will dissolve the paint. It'll soften the pain up just a little bit so that you can use it more easily. So I'm going to take a moment to do that. So why are watercolor paints are softening up a little bit. Let's talk about the colors that we might decide to use on our stag beetle. I think that I'm going to use maybe purple and blue, a combination of purple and blue on my stag beetle and then maybe a green background. I think I'm going to stick with the cool colors, which are green, blue, and purple for this particular piece of art, if you'd like to use different colors, that's okay. Use the colors that you'd like to use as this is your artwork and you get to do what you would like to do. So I think I'm going to go ahead and paint my stag beetle, purple and blue, then my background green, I might change my mind and that's an okay thing to do as well. So for this project, I'm going to try to stay inside my lines. And then I'm just going to start by painting my beetle first. And then I will move to the background. And you can watch me. I'll speed up the video so it won't take that long. Oh, I like that color. I think I'm going to make that one a little bit darker. Here we go. Remember, if you'd like your artwork to be a little bit more vibrant and dark, you apply more paint. And if you want your artwork to be a little bit lighter, then you add more water. All right, friends. I will see you back here in just a minute. Systems. It friends. I'm back and I'm really happy with the way that my stag beetle turned out. I wanted to mention a couple of things. I did decide to put a red stripe down here down the middle because I thought that that would look cool. And there are a couple of places that I'd like to bring up the paint a little bit. Bringing up the paint just means I'd like it to be a little bit lighter, so I'm going to soak up the paint. I'm going to bring it up. And I'm going to use my handy dandy paper towel. So I'm not sure if you can see this on the video, but I have some puddles here. So I want to bring that paint up. So I'm going to bring it up by hovering my paper towel over that area that I want to bring up the paint and then just touch very, very gently. And what that will do is it will bring the paint up. It will lift the paint off of the piece of paper. So I want to do it there and there because I see some puddles. Puddles sometimes are okay. Some people like the petals and even I like the puddles sometimes, but sometimes I would like my paper not to help the puddles on it. So I hope that you enjoyed this lesson. I'll see you next time.