Art for Kids: Learn to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Seahorse | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: Learn to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Seahorse

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (15m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Seahorse

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Seahorse

    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Background

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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Seahorse 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 Seahorse

Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Seahorse

Step 3: Watercolor Paint the Background

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:

  • Watercolor Paint
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Paint Brushes
  • Permanent Marker
  • salt
  • small paper plate
  • paper towels
  • bowl of water
  • mat to protect work area

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. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. Today we will be creating this seahorse in its ocean habitat, and today we're going to be using a different technique using salt that will make a cool pattern on our painting. I wanted to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need for this project, said that you could gather them all up and be ready to go. The first thing that you'll need is paper. I use a watercolor paper. It's a thick paper that holds watercolor paints Very well. If you have a watercolor paper to use, that would be great. If you don't that's okay. Just use any thick paper. You will also need some watercolor paints. Watercolor paints come in a variety of different colors, and this is the said that I like to use because there are a lot of color options available , but just use what you have. We will also need some clean water and a paintbrush or two. I am just going to be using this larger paintbrush for this project, but if you have a smaller one, that would work as well. You'll also need a permanent marker. Permanent means that it will not run around when you apply water to it. You'll also need a scrap piece of paper to test out colors on if you need to, you will also need some salt. This cool effect right here, I hope you concede on the video is caused by this salt that we're going to be putting on our paint. You will also need a paper plate or some piece of paper that you could put the salt on so we can dribble it onto our paper. And a handy dandy paper towel is always a nice thing to have for spills and cleanups. And then the last thing that you'll need is a little Matt to go underneath your painting so that your work area stays clean. So I'm excited about teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Seahorse: already friends. So let's get started on our seahorse. The first thing that we're going to dio is we're going to grab our permanent marker and you'll want to make sure that this marker is permanent so that we can make sure that it doesn't run around. When we apply the watercolor paints, we're going to open ArmorGroup. Put the cap back on the back and here we go. Let's get started. So the first thing that we're going to do is come a little ways down from the top of your paper. You'll want a little space at the top so we can put the ocean around our seahorse. What you're going to do is you're going to create an upside down J just like that. So it's a very shallow jay, I would say. Which means that it doesn't come all the way down like a true drip. J would so just a J. And then what we're going to do is we're going to start here, and we're going to come around in a swirl just like this, and this is going to be our sea horse's tail now. We're not going to finish that up quite yet Because we're going to move back up to the top of our drawing. So let's bring this down just a little bit more, So we're going to create our seahorses knows. So what you're going to do is make a soft curve and then curve up just slightly. Now you're going to make a straight line down, and then what we're going to do is we're going to come back just like this. Okay, so it almost looks like a trumpet. Now, what we're going to do is we're going to connect this line all the way down here, okay? And it's a little bit tricky, so you might want to watch me first. Before you begin, we have to put his neck right here. And then his tummy comes out a little bit, and then we come back in and we create his tail. Watch what I dio. So I come in for his neck with a curved line. Then I come out again for his tummy, and then I go back in again for his tail. See how that's kind of tricky. And his tail gets more narrow as we reach the end. Just like that. Alrighty. So we have his head, you have his tummy and we have his tail. Let's add a little bit of detail. So at the top of our seahorse, we're going to make a little crown. Let me show you how to do that. So we have a curve line and then going back. We have curved lines and then we close up and then for his back area. We're going to do the same shape. So a curved line, more curved lines and then come back until you hit or touch this line. Now for the tail, we're going to just make a little bit of detail, going to make some little stripes or some little lines on his tail just like that. And then for his I which is going to go right here, we're going to create a circle, and then inside of that circle, we're going to create another circle, and we're going to fill that in now. A lot of times when I'm making my seahorses, I like to put lines around the I around the pupil. It just creates a little bit more interest. Now the last thing that we're going to do is we're going to create a little Finn right here , so it's curve, line, curve, line, curve line and then come back in, all right, so it's a very simple drawing, but it's a fun drying and we're going to add paint next, so I'll see you in the next video. 3. Step 2: Paint the Seahorse: already friends. So let's get started on the painting portion of our masterpiece. The first thing that you'll want to dio is you want to place a drop of water in each of your paint pans. That way, the paint will wake up, and it will be ready for you to paint with. Here we go. Oops. Forgot orange. All right, So while we're letting those paints wake up, we're going to talk a little bit about our painting that we're about to start. So what I would suggest is that you have an idea about the colors that you'd like to use for your seahorse. I think what I'm going to use is warm colors for the actual seahorse, which are yellow, orange and red. And then I think I'm going to use the cool colors which are green, purple and blue for the ocean that he seahorses swimming in. So I think that's what I'm going to do. I might change my mind, which is fine. And you can change your mind as well as you were going through this project. So people in art, they change their minds all the time. And that's okay. So what? We're going to do first is we are going to do something that you might not be expecting. We're going to be painting our seahorse with plain clear water, and we're not going to touch the I part of our seahorse. Just going to paint all around, put quite a bit of water clear, clean water on your seahorse all the way to the tip of his tail. See what I'm doing. And I'm trying to stay inside the lines, going to go back up here. A little bit of water. Put a little water here. All right, so I have clear water all over my seahorse. I want to make sure I got every little spot except for the I. Now, what I'm going to do is I'm going to come in and I am going to start placing colors. And as you can see, they will spread around. See that? Wow, That looks so cool. All right, I got my orange on there. I think I'll use yellow next. Just dropping color. See that? Love it. This is called wet on wet. And people use this technique a lot for watercolor painting, okay? And I think I'm also going to add just a little bit of red red is a little bit stronger. Just putting a few dots around and it's going to do the water color paint is going to do its magic of running around on the piece of paper wherever the Clearwater Waas. I think that's good. I think that that looks awesome. So put as much pain as you'd like and then watch. As the magic happens, your paint will start running together in spearing around, and that's exactly what we want. This is a watery type painting, so that is perfect. So what we need to do now is we need to let this little guy dry. We need to make sure he's completely dry before we add the background. The reason why is if we don't what can happen is these colors can run into the background, which actually I like that idea. But for this technique, we're just going to let it dry first, so we will come back and we will add some paint to the background and even a little bit of salt, so I'll see you back here in a minute. 4. Step 3: Paint the Background: already friends. I'm back and my seahorse is completely dry. He has no witness left on him, so he's ready to go. We're ready to paint our background. So what we're going to do next is we are going to use a larger paintbrush, and we're going to put different colors other than the colors that are on our seahorse onto the back. So let's say you have a purple and blue sea horse than what you want to do is maybe use different colors other than purple or blue. That way your seahorse will really stand out. Okay, so that colors that I've chosen our upper bowl, a blue and maybe a little bit of green and who that's pretty dark. I'm going toe lightened that up a little bit. The way that I lightened my colors up is I just add more water, so I'm going to just dip and I'm going to get water on there and go. That one's pretty dark, too. Just lightened that up a little bit and I'm just going to go around and I am going to paint around my seahorse now. What I also wanted to show you is that we're going to add a little something extra to the background of our seahorse. We're going to add a little bit of salt, and we're going to add the salt to the background. And what's going to happen when we at the salt is salt is going to absorb some of the paint and some of the water and you'll get a really meet pattern. So what you'll do is your poor, your salt on a paper plate or something flat. And then you poor salt onto your paper where the paint is wet. So what I like to dio is I like to paint a little bit and then I like to add my salt, and it might be a little bit challenging for you to see the effect of the salt on my P eating. But on your own painting, you should be able to see it fairly well pretty quickly. So I'm going to add water and paint, get it pretty wet, and then I'm going to add my salt, okay? And it, like I said before, it adds a really meet effect to the paint because it absorbs some of the paint. So I'm going to go ahead and speed up the video and you can watch along with me or you can get started on your own tainting. I'll see in a minute. - All right, friends. I'm back and I'm really happy with my painting. It's still really, really wet, so I'm not going to touch it until it's completely dry after it is completely dry. What you will notice are some little patterns that the salt has made. It's starting to work its magic, actually, right here. I'm not quite sure if you can see that, but it's working its magic there. And what will happen is throughout the whole painting, wherever there was salt placed on the water color, you will see little patterns, and it looks really, really cool. So I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and I hope to see you next time. Bye.