Art for Kids and Beginners: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Giraffe | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids and Beginners: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Giraffe

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Giraffe

    • 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint a Giraffe

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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 Giraffe Watercolor Art 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 Giraffe
  • Step 2: Paint the Giraffe 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:

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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: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. I'd like to introduce you to my project. This is Ah, watercolor painting project that features a cute little giraffe. So I wanted to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing you'll need is a piece of paper. I like to use thick paper for my bolt watercolor paintings in the reason why is because they hold watercolor very well and water. And if you don't have water color paper specifically at home, that's OK. You can use a different paper as long as it's pretty thick. Another thing that you will need is some paints. I like to use a set like this because it has a lot of different color options. But whatever you have available to you is just fine. Another thing that you'll need is some clean water and a paintbrush. I like to use a larger paintbrush. That way I can use a lot of pain and a lot of water and move that paint around really well and get a lot done in a short period of time. Another thing that you will need our oil pastels or Kranz. It's up to you as to what you'd like to use. You might not have oil pastels. They're more of a specialty art supply. But if you have Kranz that work, Justus well Ah, the line might not be quite as dark in his wide, but crowns do work very, very well. You'll also need, ah, handy dandy paper towel because you might have smudges. Or you might have paint that you need to clean up. So it's important to have a little towel ready, just in case you need it. And the last thing that you'll need is a mat. I have a mat underneath here, and it keeps my space nice and clean and tidy. This project is for everyone. You do not have to have any experience at all to be successful with this project, So come on in and let's get started 2. Step 1: Draw a Giraffe: already friends. So let's get started on our draft drawing. The first thing that you want to dio is grab uh, on oil, pastel or a crayon. And what we're going to do first is we are going to come a little bit down maybe about 1/4 of the way down on your piece of paper, and you're going to draw a shape that looks like this. It's going to be kind of a square, but it's also going to have the soft corners, so they're not going to be really angular, so I mine is not perfect, and that's okay. Whatever you can come up with is fine. So that's going to be the face of my draft. And then I'm going to put a slightly curved line at the bottom and then for the ears. I'm just going to make them up here just to curve lines and then for the horns. I'm going to go like this two lines and then a circle at the top. Hopefully, you can see that on the video, right? The next thing that we're going to dio is makesem eyes, just some wide set dots for our eyes, and then two little curve lines down here at the bottom for the nose, for the nostrils. All right, so let's go down here for the neck of our giraffe and my drops going to have a little bit of a short neck because I need to still fit his body in his legs here. And I'm running out of paper. So it's OK if you have a short neck on your draft. I know that they normally have long necks, but because this is more of a cartoon draft and not, ah, realistic, drowned. You can make it anyway that you'd like to. So I'm going to make his neck, which is just going to be two straight lines. And if you have more paper, you could make your lines longer. And then I'm going to make his body, which is just mm, I guess, a rectangular shape. And then I'm going to make a little tail. And those were just going to be some curve lines. And then I'm just going to make some straight lines for his legs. How many legs does he have? He has four, so I'm going to make four legs coming out from the bottom of his body. And then I want to put some hoops on the bottom, and those are just small squares, all right, I'm going to go back up into his body, and I'm going to add a little bit of detail. I'm going to add some shapes here for Hiss spots. Giraffes have spots a pattern on their bodies, and now that we're finished with the draft, we could make a background. So for my background, I think what I'm going to Dio is I'm just going to make a straight, relatively straight line, and I'm going to jump over those likes like this and then maybe often the distance I'll put a tree. So I put a curved line in a curve line and maybe some leaves that come out like this, just organic shapes. And then we'll hook all of those shapes up to the main trunk like this. Do you see how I did that? So I made my organic shapes. An organic just means they're kind of flowy. And then I connected those shapes to the trunk and then in the very background, I think I'm going to put some hills so I make a curved line. I jump over my draft, me and I make another curb line like this just slightly curved. And then maybe I'll even make another hill in the very back. If I want to make something some detail up here in the front, maybe I'll make a little bit of grass. You get to do whatever you like on this part, maybe a couple of clouds. Or if you want to make a son, that would be fine. It's up to you. Maybe I'll even put a cloud over here already. Look how cute he looks. I'm excited about this one. I hope you had fun with the drawing portion, and when we come back, we will do some water color PT CIA in the next video. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint a Giraffe: Hey, friends. So welcome back to this project. What we're going to do in this video is we're going to be painting our cute draft. So the first thing that you want to dio is you'll want to take a drop of water and you want to put that water inside each of the little pans of paint so that it kind of wakes up the pain. It gets it ready for our rash so that we can have a lot of, um paint on her paintbrush. It dissolves the paint just a little bit, so we're ready to use it. I'm not going to put any in the white because I'm not going to be using the white today. All right, so the first thing I'm going to do is I'm going to take a look at my drawing and I'm going to kind of make a decision on what colors I want to use. I think I'm going to use pretty standard colors blue for the sky, maybe brown for the hills, green for the tree, brown for the trunk, green for the grass in an orangish yellow for the draft, and maybe some brown for the spots I'm not sure yet. And maybe some brown for the horns and I'll have to think about the face, so just kind of have an idea about the colors that you'd like to use, and then you can just start painting. If you'd like to mix some colors, remember, you take the color that you'd like to mix, and you put it in your little tray and you could mix it up into a new color. Or you could make the colors lighter or darker. The way that you make a color of lighter is you use more water, and the way that you make a color darker is you use more paint. OK, so I'm going to start with my draft. I think I'm going to start with an orange and that's a little bit light. I'm going to use a little bit of a stronger orange. And on this one, I'm trying to stay in the lines. If I go a little bit out of the lines, that's okay. No problem. Yes, down here, here we go. See how I went a little bit into his spot? No problem. All right, let me make sure that I remember to paint the legs. We go. All right, I think for this part of his nose in the spots and his horns I know they have another name for them, and I can't remember what the name is right now. Anybody remembers the name for those horns on a draft? Could you please let me know those air called? I think it starts with the letter. Oh, okay. So dip that in there we go sometimes with watercolor paint. The water is just kind of blend with each other on the piece of paper, and that's fine. If that happens, There we go. Look at how cute he looks right now. I'm going to move down to the grass and for the grass. Sometimes I used to different colors for the grass. I use this lark lark. Excuse me, lighter color. And then I used a darker color. So I have two shades of green. He's a lighter shade in a darker shade. It's up to you. You can even make the grass purple, or you can make it black, or you could make it brown. It's whatever color you'd like to use is fine. I think what I'm going to do is speed up this video so you can watch me. Or you could go ahead and get started on your own painting, right? I'm going to speed this up a little and I'll see in a minute already . Friends, I'm back. And I really like the way that this little draft looks. So I wanted to mention a couple of things I used to different shades of green in the grass . I think it just gives it a little bit more detail. And, um, just makes a little bit more interesting for this trunk right here. I'm going to show you something. I'm going to mix a little bit of brown and a little bit of black with the brown because I want this trunk to be a little bit darker. I don't want it to be completely black, but I'd like it to be a little bit darker than the mountain. Because if you just made everything brown, then the tree might not stand out that much, So I wanted to use a little bit of black. Let's see how that looks. Oh, yeah. See how that looks a little bit darker. It's exactly the look that I'm going for. Alrighty. I hope that you enjoy this lesson. And I hope that you have fun with your draft. I look forward to seeing you next time.