Art for Kids and Beginners: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint Cuddly Lovebirds Step-By-Step | Em Winn | Skillshare

Art for Kids and Beginners: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint Cuddly Lovebirds Step-By-Step

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies Needed

      2:13
    • 2. Step 1: Draw Lovebirds

      9:18
    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Lovebirds

      6:40
    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Background

      2:50

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 Lovebird 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 two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw the Lovebirds
  • Step 2: Paint the Lovebirds 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:

Let's start creating!

Transcripts

1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies Needed: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. I'd like to introduce you to this drawing and watercolor painting Lovebirds project. This project was designed especially for kids. You do not have to have any experience at all with drawing or painting To be successful with this project, I will take you step by step through the entire process. I wanted to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is paper. I just used a thick watercolor paper for this project. If you have a thick paper, that would be great. That would work out perfectly well. Another thing that you'll need is a set of watercolor paints. I like to use a set like this because there are a lot of different color options available . Another thing that you'll need is a full of water and a paintbrush. I used this paintbrush for this project because I needed a little bit of a larger paintbrush. You might want to get a smaller paintbrush for this area if you'd like to, But if you're really careful, you can do it with a larger paintbrush. No problem. Another thing that you'll need is a permanent marker. Make sure that the ink is permanent, meaning it won't spread around if water is applied to it. Another thing that you'll need is a paper towel, just in case you have a spill or a cleanup that you need to take care of. And the last thing that you'll need is a mat to go underneath your workspace so that you can keep your area nice and tidy and clean. I'm really excited about this colorful lovebird project. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw Lovebirds: Hey, friends. So let's get started on the first step of our project. What we're going to do first is we are going to draw our lovebirds, and then after we draw them, we will paint them in the next step. So take your marker. Make sure that it's a permanent marker so that when we apply water, the ink doesn't run around. And the first thing that you're going to do is maybe come about four or 4.5 inches, maybe about six centimeters down from the top of your piece of paper, over slightly a little bit to your right. You're going to make a circle. Go slowly and carefully See you do your best work. Is your circle going to be perfect? No, it's not just like mine's not perfect. The next thing that we're going to do is we're going to move a little bit down diagonally to the left, and we're going to make another circle. Go slowly and carefully, so you do your best work. I already said the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to focus on this area right here. This is the smaller lovebird. It might even be a child lovebird to this lovebird right here. So it's we're going to focus on this one right here first. The first thing that you're going to do is you're going to make some curved lines, and the curved lines are going to be the body of our lovebird. So you're going to just go from the head. This is the head, the circle, and you're going to make a curved line down and then you're going to make another curve line down because this lovebird, the smaller lovebird, is going to be in front of the larger lovebird. All right, The next thing that we're going to do is we're going to add a little bit of detail to this lovebird. So we're going to add another curve line right here to the side, and that's going to be the wing of our love bird. And then on this side, we're going to go on to the inner part of our initial first line and we're going to make another curve line as well. Now let's go up to the face and let's make a little bill so we make a curve lying down and then a slightly curved line coming in to meet that initial curve line. And then underneath that we're going to make a smaller, curved line. That's his bill or his beak. Now let's make a curve line here and put some eyelashes on it because his eyes were closed . All right, now what we're going to do is we're going to go to our larger bird. So before we begin making the body on this for, let's make sure that we make our bill or are beak and we just do the same thing that we did on this one. So we have a curve line coming down and then we have a curve line coming in and then another curve allowing coming down. It looks almost like they're asleep, right, curved line. And then let's make some little eyelash is coming down, All right, so for this bird right here, this bird's going to be like I said behind this bird. So we're going to make a little line and we're going to bump into our initial bird. But that's okay. We're going to skip over that bird and then we're going to come out the bottom and then we're going to stop right there. Now we're going to pretend like we're making the line, but we're not actually going to go through this bird. We're going to come out the bottom, alright? And then we'll stop about right there. That's about the same length as thes other lines for the smaller bird. Now we're going to go back up to this space and we're going to make just a tiny, tiny little line in right here. What we're going to do is we're going to make a wing. It's going to be a bigger wing in a different wing than these. Let me show you what we're going to Dio. It's going to be a little bit shorter than these lines right here. So we make a curve line and then another curve line, and this is going to be a larger wing, okay? And then as we come down here, we don't go through the wing. We pick up our marker and then we come down the bottom just like this. So it looks like this line, this line, this line in this line they're all about even. Okay, So this is the child bird, and this is the moment or the puppet Berg. Some good, All right, so our birds needs something to sit on before we make their feet and their tails. So I'm going to make a branch that the birds air sitting on. I'm going to go slowly, carefully, but it's going to be a little bit. Will be because I wanted I wanted to look like it's a branch, and branches in nature are not super straight. All right, notice. At the end, I went up just a little bit. There's a reason for that. Let's start here again. We're going to kind of follow this branch, and at the end, we're going to go down a little bit. The reason why I did this on purpose is what we're going to do is we're going to put a V here, and that's going to be a little branch going branching off from each other. Do you see how that works? Now we're going to come down here to the bottom. We're going to make the tail feathers of our birds, so let's start here with a smaller one, and we're just going to make a very long letter V. So basically we come out, we come down and then we go way down. We do the same thing with this one. You see how that's a letter V Right there. Let's do the same for this mama or Papa Bird. So we come down and then we come down like this. This bird has turned a little bit more this way. Now let's make some little feet, Peter easy on birds because they just aren't curve little lines. And then these little lines are curved This way A little bit. There we go. Now, this is what I'd like you to Dio, I'd like you to think about what you like to put on the background for your birds. You can add some leaves. You can add some flowers. It's completely up to you. Just decorate the background that the way that you want to. I think what I'm going to do is I'm going to just put start putting some leaves, maybe a leave. How did the corner? And I'll maybe put some flowers? I haven't decided yet. Not sure if you can see that. If you can't, that's okay. Here, I'll make another one right here. Basically, I came out with a curved line, another curve line and a line like this down the middle for the vein. And then I just put some lines like this, all right, I might whom I might want to put another one up here line just like this. It's almost like there in the jungle. Maybe I'll even put some down here at the bottom. More of a curvy leaf. Whatever kinds of leaves you like to put or flowers, it's completely up to you. All right, maybe I'll put one over here. You might have different spaces on your piece of paper than I have, so you'll have to. You'll have to just do what you feel like is the right thing to Dio. I might even want to put a few little flowers here, so I think I'll put you Bill, put one more leave here off of the branch. I just kind of like to look at my painting and then go as I feel like I feel like going. I think I'm going to make this What type of a flower here. Maybe I'll make another one over here, maybe more like a little miracle flower. Maybe I'll make one down here. I'm not sure if you can see this on the video, but I'm making a little flower down here. Maybe you'll even make a small one right here. Look at her. Keep that IHS. I just wanted to make sure that I feel in my background space on my drawing because I wanted to be really, really colorful. I think I'm going to add one more leaf right here. Sometimes what I do is I just take a moment and I take a look at my painting or my drawing . And then I decide what I want to dio already friends. So I think I'm finished with my drawing. I added a little bit more detail to my background and I think it looks really awesome. I am looking forward to painting this in the next video. What we're going to do is we're going to start our water color painting, so I'll see you in just a minute 3. Step 2: Paint the Lovebirds: already friends of Welcome back and this step, what we're going to do is we're going to paint our lovebirds, So lovebirds have these really cool, colorful patterns on their bodies. So we're going to use the same pattern of color for our large one and are small one. And it's going to be a brown orange, yellow, dark green, like green in it, in a dark green again. And if you look at photographs lovebirds, you will see this particular pattern. Oh, and I forgot about the beak that's going to be read. All right, so we're going to start with our painting. We're going to start painting or love birds first. The first thing that you'll need to do is put a small drop of water in each pan of paint. And what that does is it gets the paint ready for you to use it. So we put a small drop of water in each pan of paint, and it just takes a moment. But it really helps the paint to dissolve and soften up a little bit Already. My paints have been sitting here for just a couple of minutes, and it looks like I'm ready to start painting. The first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to make some brown paint. So the way that you do that is you put a little bit of water in your palette in one of the wells and you just add a little bit of brown. Make sure it's pretty light because on lovebirds heads they have a pretty light brown. So I'm going to just put the brown just right here at the top of the head, and then the next color down, typically on a lovebird, is orange. So I'm going to rinse my cape, rush out, and then I'm going to use an orange. Oh, look at that. That's a bright orange, isn't it? That's really pretty. So I used orange right here. I might even go down a little bit into this area because I think that that looks cool. Let's get some orange over here on this little guy and then go down a little bit because I want my colors to blend into each other a little bit on this particular project. Now the next step is going to be yellow. The next color is going to be yellow And did you see what I did? I just ran it right there into that orange so they can kind of blend together. So orange neck in a little bit of the belly. And I'm going to keep my paintbrush off of the wings because of my wings. Air going to be green. Come down a little bit. Now I'm going to go into green. I'm going to go into a light green and I ran right into the yellow. Did you see how I did that? Went right into the yellow. Be a little bit more agreeing on there and I'm going to come and bring the green down a little bit on the tail as well. And then I'm going to put some green on this little guy too, with watercolor paints. You don't really have to be that careful, because they just have a beautiful way of blending into each other a little bit down here. And then the next color is a darker green, which I have right here. So it's going to blend right into that lighter green, and then I'll put some here on this little I and then also I'm going to put some green on the wings, some dark green on the wings. Here we go. And then, as far as the beak goes, I'm going to Pete. That read. My paintbrush is a little bit big for this, but I think I can do it. If you have a smaller paintbrush available to you, you might want to use a smaller paintbrush. If not, just be really careful. Go slowly and carefully, and if the red kind of seeps out into the other colors, that's okay, too. All right, So I have my love birds all painted and I'm going to go back down to the branch and I'm going to paint that in brown. I'm going to try to stay in the lines on this one, this branch, and I'm going to go slowly, carefully, So I do my best work Perfect already. So what I'm going to do next is I'm going to let this dry for just a couple of minutes and let me tell you why. Because I am going to be painting the background next, and I'm choosing to let it dry a little bit so the colors don't go from the bird into the background. or from the background into the bird. In other words, if you started painting right now, when the birds are really wet, what can happen is the background color could go right into your bird. Because that's the nature of watercolor paints. They love to travel around and nuts, actually, the beauty of them. But for this particular project, I'm going to wait a few minutes. So my birds contrive just a little bit. And then there will be less likelihood that the colors will run into the bird. Okay, so help see back here in just a few minutes. 4. Step 3: Paint the Background: already friends I back. So my birds have dried a little bit and my branches tried a little bit and I'm going to start painting the background. I think I'm just going to paint the leaves green and the sky, maybe blue or purple and the flowers? I'm not quite sure yet. I'd like to add some pink in there if I can now. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to just start painting and you can start painting with whatever colors you'd like. Teoh. It's completely up to you. I am going to speed up this video for this part of our lesson. You can either watch me or you can get started on your own project. It's completely up to you. I'm going to be speed painting, so I will see back here in just a few minutes. - Already . Friends, I'm back and I love how this turned out. It's so cool and colorful. I hope that you enjoyed this lesson as well. I wanted to show you a couple of things. This is what I was talking about. So I painted the flowers of the background a little bit of an orangish reddish combination and what happened? Waas? I didn't wait for the paint to dry. And so when I applied the blue sky paint what happened was it kind of went into the sky that the paint went into the sky. I'm going to leave it though, because I think that it looks pretty cool. It happened here with the little leaf is Well, if you don't want this kind of thing though happening on your piece of paper, you could just take your handy dandy paper tell Give it a little dab and it will help lift off some of that paint. Alrighty, friends. I hope you enjoy this lesson. I'll see you next time.