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

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

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Triceratops Dinosaur

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Design

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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 Triceratops Dinosaur 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 Triceratops Dinosaur
  • Step 2: Paint the Triceratops 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.

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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 good day today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a drawing and watercolor painting, a triceratops 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 of the steps that you need to take 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. You will need some clean water and a paintbrush. You will need either some crayons or some oil pastels. I'm going to be using oil pastels in this project because I like the nice thick line that it provides. And I also like the way that it looks on the piece of paper, but either one will work. And the last thing that you'll need is you'll need a paper towel. So go ahead and gather all of your supplies and materials and we'll see you back here in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw a Triceratops Dinosaur: All right, friends. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to draw our dinosaur design. So I am going to use black for my dinosaur, for my triceratops. And then for some of the background, I will use different colors from my set of oil pastels. Remember if you don't have oil pastels, that's okay. You can just use your crayons. I'm going to use my oil pastels and I'm going to start by drawing my triceratops. So let's go over that step-by-step. The first thing that you're going to want to do is you are going to want to draw the triceratops is face. And what we're going to do for that is this. We're going to make kind of a slanted line coming down. And then we're going to curve it a little, come around and then make a straight line like this. Now, this might take a little bit of practice, and if you need to do it a couple of times before you put it on your paper. That's okay. You can go ahead and do that or just it's fine. Whatever drawing that you make, whatever lines that you make. After we make this shape, it's almost like a C that has one of the top lines kind of going up. And then these are squared off the little angles. All right, so the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to make the back of his head and it's going to have some spikes on it. So we're going to come up, then come down, puts this first spike, come up, come in. Same thing. Come up, come in, come in all the way around. So you might not have as many spikes as I do. And that's okay. Just work with what you have. All right. After we finish that, we have our head interface. Let's give him a mouth. So I'm going to make a straight line with a little line up and that's going to make him look like he has a small smile. If you just want to have a straight metals or if you want to have a sad mouth or a happy mouth, It's up to you. And then let's put an eye on him so that he can see. Now tri means three. This is a triceratops, so we need to make three horns. First horn is going to be on the nose. So let's make a horn. And then we have two horns on the top of his head. So that's one more horn. And then we need the last torn in. It's going to be behind that first torn because this is the other side of his head. Alright, so we have learned 123 horns. Now we're going to work on the body of our Triceratops. And we're going to start about right here on the head and we're going to make a line. That goes up and then comes down to his tail. So it's going to be a pretty long line. So we come up and then it's coming down. We go almost to the edge of the paper but not quite. All right. So let me go over that again. Would come out from the head. You'll comma and then you come down and then you stop before you get to the edge of the piece of paper. Now for the bottom part of his body, we're going to make his legs and his Tommy and the bottom part of his tail. So we come again out of the head. We come down over, across, down over. So we have two of our feet and our legs. And then we're going to make his Tommy right here. So just a straight line. And then we're going to do the same thing for his back legs as we did for his front legs. So down over, up, across, down, over, up. And then what we're going to do is we are going to connect this line right here from the back of his foot to the bottom of his tail like this. Alright. So There he is. There's our triceratops. Now remember, if I get going a little bit too fast for you, that's okay. No problem. All you need to do is press that pause button. Okay, let's go back into the body of our Triceratops. And let's make some decorations, some details on the inside of his body. You can make any details that you want. I'm going to make some little ovals. Maybe about that many. I think that looks cool. And maybe I'll make one more here. Sometimes I look at my artwork and I think, Oh, I need to add one more thing there in the Mencius do it because I don't really even need to think about it that much. I just do it. Okay, The next step is going to be making the background. So I'm going to make my line here that goes across in once I get to my triceratops, I don't want to touch his body. I don't want to just make my line goes through his leg. I want to jump over his leg and then make another line coming out the other side that will look like, that will make it look like the triceratops is standing on the ground. See how that works. Now, it might be a good idea. If you add some plants down here at the bottom. I think I'm going to add a few plants that look like this and you don't have to copy me. But you can add whatever kind of plants that you want. And if you want to use different colors for your plants, go ahead and do that as well. Like if you want to use green or brown or purple or any color that you'd like. I'm going to make another plant here. And these are just curved lines that are kinda hook together like that. Maybe I'll switch colors now. And I do have some black oil pastel on my hands. Real Press style can get a little bit messy, but that's part of the fun of it. I'm going to switch to my brown and I am going to make the trunk of a palm tree. So I'm going to start, there's a big space right here. And I'm going to make a palm tree. In palm trees, sometimes their trunks are curved. They're not super straight, so I'm going to make a curved line here. And then I'm going to make another curved line. It's going to be touching at the top and at the bottom it's going to get a little bit wider. And then inside of this trunk, I'm going to add some detail. I think I'm just going to add some lines. Have to be perfect. That's awesome. Now I'm going to add, I'll put this down here because I think I'm going to use this brown again. I'm going to have some green leaves or some palm fronds on the top of my poem. Alright? That's what I'm going to do. If you want to make a different type of a plant, you can do that. But whenever I think about dinosaurs, I do think about palm trees. So that's why I'm going to add a palm tree here. So I'm going to come down from this brown and then I'm going to come back up. So out and then come back out and then come back out and then come back. And then the same thing. There we go. Then the next thing, I'm going to make a line that goes down the middle, but not all the way down the middle. Now remember, with oil pastels, they can get kinda crumbly too. So if you want to pick off those little crumbs and put them on your paper towel. You can go ahead and do that. You just have to be really careful with oil pastels because if you swipe at them, they will smear all over your paper. So unless you want that look, which is fine. If you want that look, and be careful when you're swiping it, especially the black. Okay, I'm going to switch back to my brown and I'm going to make some hills in the back of my scene because I want my dinosaur to look like he's in an area where there are hills. So I'm just going to make some soft hills. They're going to come up and they're going to come down and whoops, I ran right into my tree, so I jump over it. And then I come out the other side. Then I think I'm going to make another hill over here up and then come down just like that. Okay. Let's see. Do I want to add anything else? I think I'm glad. I think I'm good with my artwork. What I'd like you to do is I'd like you to take a look at your artwork and if you see anything else, any other spaces that you'd like to add to, now's the time to do it because we're in those in the drawing stage before the painting. And so for example, if you wanted to add something down here, you could do that. I'll do that really quick because I see a spot down here that could use a little bit of color. So I added that one right there. And if you want to add something here, you want me to show you how to make a rock. So if you want to make a rock, you make a flat bottom like this. And then make a little bit of a curvy line at the top like this. That's kind of a skinny flat rock, right? So if you want to make a bigger one, you make a flat bottom and then a taller line like this, but not perfect. All right, so that's a way that you can make a rock. Maybe I'll make one more here. I think those rocks look really cool. Already friends, so I think I'm happy with mine. So I'm going to stop there with my drawing because I know that I can add more color on with my patient. So I will see you back here. In the next step, we are going to add our watercolor paints. 3. Step 2: Paint the Design: All right friends. So in this step what we're going to do is we're going to apply some water color paints to our drawing, our dinosaur drawing. And let me show you how to prepare the paints. We have our water and we have our watercolor paints. And what we're going to do is prepare paints so that they're ready for us to use. And it really helps out if you add a drop of water, just one or two drops of water with your paintbrush. What that does is it dissolves the paint a little bit and it gets it ready for you to use. And it's really a good tip that I learned from my own art teacher. So I'm giving that to you. So I'm going to add that water and then I'm going to let it sit for just a minute. And we're going to talk about the colors that I'm going to use on my drawing. So I think that I want my sky to be blue or orange. I haven't decided yet. Then my mountains to BBB brown and then my leaves to be green, my trunk to be brown. My grass and think is going to be green. And then the rocks maybe a gray, grayish color. And then I can, because I want my dinosaur, my triceratops to stand out. I don't think that I want it to be brown because if I made it brown than it would be the same color as the mountains or the hills. And he would blend right in and you wouldn't be able to see him. So I think I want him to be maybe purple or red. I'm not sure yet. All right, So what we're gonna do is we're going to start painting. Remember, when you are painting, just kind of go with your feelings on it. If you want to paint something a different color than it really is in real life, go ahead and do it. For example, if you want to paint your sky, let's say red or green, that's okay. You can do that because this is our to him, you should be able to do what you want. Okay? So I'm just going to start painting. I think I'm going to start with my hills and I'm going to use brown. Let me show you what I'm going to do. I'm going to take some water. I'm going to put it in my brown paint and I'm going to put my paint and water in one of these wells. This is called a well over here on the side. And I'm going to mix my water with my paint. And when I add more water, the color is going to be lighter in when I add more paint and color is going to be darker. So let's see what color that is right here. Well, that's pretty light, isn't it? So that's good for that hill. And then I think for this cell right here, I want a darker color. So I'm going to add more paint because I know that that will make a darker color, brown, maybe even a little bit darker. All right, so what I'm going to do is I am going to speed up this video and I am going to try to stay inside the lines. But if I get a little bit outside of the lines, I'm not going to worry about it too much. That happens even to me and I have a lot of experience. I just say, Oh well, and I just keep going, going along. If my colors start blending together, I'm not going to worry about it too much, I'm just going to let it go. But if you don't want your colors to blend together, Here's a tip. All you need to do when you notice that your colors are blending together is you take your handy dandy paper towel and you touch the area, let's say like that. You touch it with your paper towel and it will bring up some of the paint. So I'm going to go ahead and speed up the video. And you can watch me paint. It'll be really quick. And then you can start painting on your own. All right, friends, finished. Now, I'd like to show you one thing about painting these rocks. I want to make a gray color for the rocks. So to make a gray color, I'm going to paint with the black and I'm going to make gray with the black. So I'm going to put a little bit of black, a tiny bit of black in one of my wells. And I'm going to add some water. And what that does is it lightens up the black to the point where it turns into a gray. So I want to show you how that works. See how light that is, how light that black is, because I added so much water, it turns into a light gray and that's the color that I wanted for my rocks. Okay. I wanted to also leave my horns white. And for my spots, I'm going to paint them a color that will really stand out from my purple. So I think I'm going to paint my spots on my triceratops. I'm going to paint them orange. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. And then I will be finished. There we go. I hope that you enjoyed this project. I will see you next time.