Art for Kids and Beginners: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Little Guinea Pig | Em Winn | Skillshare

Art for Kids and Beginners: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Little Guinea Pig

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Art for Kids and Beginners: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Little Guinea Pig

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (11m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need.

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Guinea Pig

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Guinea Pig

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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 Cute Little Guinea Pig Drawing and Watercolor Painting 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 Guinea Pig
  • Step 2: Paint the Guinea Pig 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 really good day today. I'd like to introduce this project to you. This is a pet guinea pig project and it was designed especially for kids. You do not have to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project. I will teach you step-by-step exactly what you need to do. 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 paper. If you have watercolor paper or a thick paper, that would be perfect. So why don't you go ahead and use that. Then you'll need some water color paints. You will need a paintbrush. You will need a cup or a bowl of clean water. You'll need some oil pastels or crayons. If you don't have oil pastels available to you, you will need a paper towel and I'm Matt to protect your workspace. So go ahead and collect all of those supplies and materials, and I'll meet you back here. Let's start this project. 2. Step 1: Draw a Guinea Pig: So in this step, what we're going to do is we are going to draw our guinea pig. So let's get started with that. What we're going to do is we're going to take a dark color of our oil pastels or crayons. I'm choosing black because I know you'll be able to see that on the video, but you can choose whatever color you would like. I would suggest that you use a darker color, so it really stands out. The first thing that we're going to do is go about a third of the way down on a piece of paper. And we're going to start by making our guinea pigs ears. In our guinea pigs, ears are going to be pretty small because guinea pig ears are pretty small. So we're going to make a sideways letter you, or a sideways and letter C. And then we're going to go a little bit over to the right. And we're going to make another sideways letter C or the letter U. So you see how I'm not touching that edge. I'm giving a little bit of space, but I am pretty close to the edge. Alright, what we're going to do here is we are going to connect these two little lines, these curved lines with some philosophy for just like that, some guinea pigs are pretty smooth and some are pretty fluffy. And for E, So we are going to make the floppy kind. Alright, now we're going to make some more lines here in front of the ears, a little bit smaller. This will just add a little bit of detail. Now we're going to come down here in kind of a U-shape. But instead of making just a smooth letter, you were going to make our letter you in, it's going to look like fluffy guinea pig for, okay, so watch what I do. I start coming down and I'm thinking about a U, the letter u shape as I'm coming down, I'm coming due like I'm making a Ferrari letter U, and then I start coming back up and then I close up at the ER. Did you see how I did that? So if you think about it, this kinda looks like a letter you, Alright, let's go into the inside of our guinea pigs face and add some details. Let's add some little eyes. Their eyes are pretty BAD. Soon I'm going to add some little eyes. And then their nose kinda looks like this, two little lines. And then their mouth, I'm going to make kind of a smiley face for mine. Two curved lines like this hook together in the middle because I want my guinea pig to appear as if he is smiling. Now that we're finished with our guinea pigs head, we're going to make his body over here on the right hand side. And the body is going to be similar to the head in that it's also going to be fluffy. So I'm going to do that and I'm going to kind of follow a guideline of this right here. Okay. Because their bodies are shaped, kinda like this. They're not completely circular. They're more like oval shape. So watch what I do and then you can follow after you watch me. So I'm just going to come up and down with my lines and I'm going slowly, carefully. So I do a really, really good job and doing the best job that I can. Remember. Yours is not going to look exactly like mine and that's a good thing. We want your still look like yours. So I just keep going back and four up and down. And where I'm going to end up is right under the chin of my guinea pigs. Little, little face, little head. Okay. So there's his body. Go ahead and do that if you haven't already. All right, now that we have the guinea pigs face and his body, we're going to add some feet. And their feet kinda look like this. They're straight lines. And then they have little toes that look like this. So there are two lines coming down and then their little toes that come down like this. They're pretty covered up by the for. But if you look at them underneath the for, this is what they look like. So I'm going to make four of those retell. Now what we're going to do is we're going to make our guinea pig on some grass. So let's make some grass this side and this side. And if you'd like to add a few little whiskers, go ahead and do that. I just like to add maybe two whiskers because guinea pigs do have whiskers are right, that's our guinea pig. Now what we can do for the background is we can add some detail down here. I think I'm just going to add some grass that looks like this. But if you can think of something else that you would like to add, go ahead and add it, because this is your artwork and you should be able to add whatever you want to it. I'm going to make some fluffy clouds up in the sky because it's my favorite thing to put in the sky. Just like to make them super fluffy. You can add whatever you want. You can add birds, you can add a moon, you can add a son, you can add whatever you want already friends. So I'm finished with my drawing. When we come back, we will be watercolor PT, our guinea pigs. So I'll see you in the next video. 3. Step 2: Paint the Guinea Pig: In this step, what we're going to do is we are going to paint our guinea pig and its background with our watercolor paints. The first thing that we'll want to do is we will want to put a drop of water with our paintbrush into each pan of paint. What this does is it gets her paints ready for us to use. It dissolves the paints a little bit, softens them up so they are ready for us to use. So that's what we're going do, is we're going to take a minute to do that. Doesn't take long. Now let's talk about our drawing that we're going to be painting. I'm deciding to paint my guinea pig Brown. And the reason why I'm painting my guinea pig frown is because my family used to have a guinea pig and she was Brown and her name was Pinky. And we loved her very, very much and she actually like to go on the grass. So I'm going to paint my guinea pig Brown. You can paint your guinea pig whatever color you want. You can paint your guinea pig or orange or green or yellow. It's up to you because this is your artwork, so you get to do what you want to do. But I'm going to paint my guinea pig Brown in honor of picky. I think I'm going to paint my grass, maybe Green and the sky. I haven't decided yet, maybe blue or purple. So I'm, that's what I'm going to do for my colors. Now when I am getting my paints ready, I'm not going to use my paints directly out from the pan onto the piece of paper. I am going to get them ready by creating some lighter colors. In the way that you do that is you add some water into the well area and a little bit of paint. The paint isn't too dark on my piece of paper. You will see me do this as I am working on my project. I'm going to speed up this video so you will be able to watch me create pate In this section in the wells as I am working. Okay. Remember, if you want lighter colors on your piece of paper, you use more water and less paint. If you want darker, more vivid colors, you use more paint and less water. So I've made some brown paint here. I'm going to test it out on this area. I think I'd like that to be a little bit darker, so I'm adding a little bit more paint. Perfect. So I'm going to spread this around. I'm going to try to stay inside the lines. I'm going to go slowly and carefully. And I'm going to speed up this video. So I'm looking at this, going to look like I'm painting really fast, but I'm not. I'm going to be going slowly and carefully so I do my best work. So you can watch me or you can get started on your own. I will see you back here in just a minute. Already friends. I'm finished and I'm really happy with my guinea pig playing in the grass. And I hope that you enjoyed this project. I'll see you next time.