Art for Kids and Beginners: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Gecko Lizard Step-By-Step | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids and Beginners: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Gecko Lizard Step-By-Step

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need.

      1:17
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Gecko

      6:42
    • 3. Step 2: Add Color to the Drawing

      2:16
    • 4. Step 3: Apply Watercolor Paint to the Design

      3:34
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About This Class

Are you looking for a 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 Gecko Lizard 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 6+.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Gecko Lizard
  • Step 2: Add Oil Pastels to Drawing
  • Step 3: Apply Watercolor Paint to the Design

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

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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 good day today. I'd like to introduce this project to you. This is a drawing and watercolor painting 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 the steps so you will know what to do. Let's go for the supplies and 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 watercolor paints. You will need a paintbrush and a cop or a bowl of water. You will need some oil pastels. If you don't have oil pastels, that's okay. Just use crayons. You will need a pencil with an eraser. You will need a paper towel and I'm Matt to protect your workspace. So go ahead and gather all of those supplies and materials. And I will see you in the first step. 2. Step 1: Draw a Gecko: Or ready for it. So let's get started on our first step of our Gecko Lizard drawing. So what we're going to do first is we're going to take our pencil. And we're not going to press really hard with our pencil. Because if you need to erase and you press really hard with your pencil, it's harder to a race. I am going to press pretty hard because I want you to be able to see my drawing on the video. Alright, so what we're going to do first is we're going to come about a quarter of the way down our piece of paper. And we're going to make a line in, it's going to be the face and the head of our lizard. So let me show you the type of line I'm going to make. I started about right here about a quarter of the way down on a sheet of paper. And then I'll make a line coming up, curving around, curving around again, curving around again and stop. We're not going to close up to make this a shape. So go ahead and make this type of a line. If you're lying, looks a little bit different than mine. That's okay. No problem. After we make this line, what we're going to do is we're going to make the body our get-go. So we're going to just mix two curved lines, one curve line coming out this way, and then another curve line coming this way. And notice how I didn't close this up because this is where the tail of the lizard is going to go. Alright, so now we have this space down here that we're going to fill up with a really long tail. And basically the tails just going to be a series of two lines. So we're going to make a curve line coming down around and backup and stop about right there. Now, you might not have the same amount of space that I do. So just work with the space that you have. For the other line to create the tail, we're going to go along and pretty much stayed close to this initial line. But as you're going along, you're going to start out a little bit further away and you're going to get closer and closer as you get to the bottom of your tail, to the end of your tail. So become around, I'm going to slowly and carefully. And as I'm going, I'm getting closer and closer as the tip approaches. Alright, so it starts out a little bit further apart, those two lines do. And then they get closer and closer. Alright, now what we're going to do is we're going to come back up to the top. And we're going to create some detail in our geckos face. So first of all, I'm going to give them a little tongue that's sticking out. And then I'm going to create an area that looks like this for the eyes. So they're just, it's a line and it has a bend in it. Alright. So that goes on either side of his face. Inside there I'm going to make some circles and adopt. There we go. Now I'm going to move onto his legs and his feet. So they have pretty long legs. So I'm going to make some straight lines coming out from the body. And then I'm going to bend them just like that. Alright? And then at the end, I'm just going to put some toes, some really long tos the heat can go rip. And at the end of those toes, I'm going to make some little paths. Same thing on the other side. So line, parallel line, lines and then tos. Oops, there we go. And then put some pads on the end. And then for my back legs and v. I'm going to have to work with my piece of paper because I'm running out of space right here. Toes. This term right here is kinda going off the piece of paper. And then my last allied intos and little pads. Alrighty. Now I'd like you to think of some different designs that we can put inside of our lizards body. I think what I'm going to do is I'm just going to put a series of dots coming down. I think I'm going to go all the way into the tail. These are actually very small circles. If you can think of any other shapes that you'd like to put on your lizard or any types of patterns. You can go ahead and do that. Do exes, you could do squares, any shapes that you'd like. The last thing that we're going to do is we're going to create a background for our lizards. So I am going to just make some little rocks that are kind of spaced out, not too close together. Medium sized rocks. This just adds a little bit more interest to my artwork. So I'm going to go ahead and do that already. I think I'm finished. If at this point you feel like there's anything else that you'd like to add to your drawing. Go ahead and add it now before we apply our oil pastels in the next step. And I'll see you in the next video. 3. Step 2: Add Color to the Drawing: Already friends. In this step, what we're going to do is we're going to cover all of our pencil lines with oil pastels. You get to choose the color of oil pastels that you would like to use to cover your pencil lines. I am going to use a green, bright green for the lines on my actual lizard. And then I'm still deciding maybe a purple on the rocks. I'm not quite sure. And then I'm also going to be adding some different colours to the designs on my GET goes back. So why don't you go ahead and just watch how I cover my pencil lines with my oil pastels. And I'm going to speed up the video. So it looks like I'm covering these lines are really, really fast, but I'm really not. I'm taking my time. I'm going slowly and carefully. So I do my best work. Rid friends. I'll see you back here in just a minute. Alrighty friends, I'm finished adding my oil pastels too, my gecko. And I wanted to remind you that if you swipe oil pastels or if you touch them a lot, they will smear. So you'll have to be very careful about that. Okay? In the next step, what we're going to do is we are going to add some more color. We're going to add some water color paints to our deco drawing. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. 4. Step 3: Apply Watercolor Paint to the Design: In this step, what we're going to do is we are going to apply some watercolor paints to our get-go drawing. So the first thing that we're going to want to do is put a drop or two of water into each pan of paint. And what this does is it dissolves the paint and gets it ready for us to use. It's just a step that you can take to prepare your paints for use. Okay, so let's talk about our drawing here. So I'm going to choose certain colors. I'm going to choose green for my deco, I'm going to choose a grey for the Stones and for the background. I'm not sure yet, maybe an orange. You get to choose the colors that you like to use. This is your artwork, remember that? And you'll get to choose the colors that you want. You don't have to choose the same colors that I do. Alright? So what I'm going to do is I am just going to start painting. And when I'm painting, I'm not going to go straight from my pan of paint to my artwork. I am going to do one step. I am going to put some paint in one of my wells with some water. And I'm going to remember that if I want a really strong and powerful color, I'm going to use more paint. And, and I want a softer color. I'm going to use more water. Oh, I like that color. And then I'm going to paint. I'm going to go ride over those little fits, those little circles of oil pastels. And I'm going to notice that those little bits of oil pastel, they resist my watercolour paint. Resist means push away. So because those oil pastels are made with wax, they push away that water. Let me create a really cool look. Alright friends. So what I'm going to do is I am going to paint my whole painting. And then I will be back to show you the results. Before I do that though, I am going to show you one more thing. To make the color caret. I'm going to just use some black, put it in my pan with some water. And then I'm going to test it out on one of my stones, perfect. And that's how you make grey. So gray is basically just black, but it has a lot of water in it. Okay. Just wanted to let you know that recipe to make Gray are righty friends. I'll see you back here in just a minute. Alrighty friends. I'm finished with the my painting. I'm really happy with it. I hope that you have fun with this project and I'll see you next time.