Art for Kids and Beginners: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Monarch Butterfly | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids and Beginners: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Monarch Butterfly

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

5 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies Needed

      1:24
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Butterfly

      3:46
    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Butterfly

      4:07
    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Background

      2:20
    • 5. Step 4: Outline the Butterfly

      5:33
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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?

Are you seeking an art project that will help to instill creative confidence in your child?

This Monarch Butterfly 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 four steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw the Butterfly
  • Step 2: Paint the Butterfly With Watercolor Paints
  • Step 3: Paint the Background
  • Step 4: Outline the Butterfly With Paint

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 Needed: Hi friends, how are you? I hope you're having a really great day today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a drawing and watercolor painting out butterfly project that I 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 teach you step-by-step all the steps that you need to take to be successful. I'd like to go with 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 some watercolor paints. You will need a bowl or a cup with clean water. And you will need two different size paint brushes. One larger paintbrush, and then one smaller paintbrush. This detail paintbrush right here is the paintbrush that we are going to use for our black outline. Then you will also need a pencil with an eraser and a paper towel just in case you have spills or cleanups. So go ahead and gather those supplies and materials and I'll see you back here in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw a Butterfly: In this step we are going to draw our butterfly with our pencil. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is we are going to draw the body of our butterfly right here in the middle of our piece of paper. We want to make sure that we leave enough room for his antenna. So we're going to start maybe about four or five inches from the top. And we're going to make sure that we do not press really hard with our pencil. Use a really, really light touch just in case you need to erase. Okay? So I'm going to start about right here. And I am going to press a little bit darker with my pencil so that you can see. But I would like you to use a light touch. So we're going to use thin body for our butterfly, and it's going to consist of two curved lines. So we're going to start at a point, come down with a slightly curved line, and then come down with another slightly curved line. It doesn't have to be perfectly perfect. Okay, now we're going to come back up to the top and let's create some antenna. So just some diagonal lines with a little dot at the top. Now what we're going to do is we're going to make a wing on this side and a wing on this side. All right, then we're going to find the middle part of our body. So if this is my body right here, I would say the middle of my body is about right here. So I'm going to make a little dot right there, just a tiny one that I only I can see but I'm letting you see it also because I'm instructing you how to do this. So I'm going to make a dot on this side and a dot on this side. But I want you to make sure that you make small, small dots, kinda like a secret dot that you can only see. Only you can see. Now from this dot, what we're going to do is make a diagonal line up almost to the end of your paper, but not quite. Then we're going to curve around and come down, curve around and close up. So it's going to be almost like a triangle with soft corners right here with soft angles. We're going to do the same thing on the other side. So angle up, curve around, come down, and then close up where we started. Now that we have our two top wings, we're going to make our bottom wings. So we're going to start about right here, maybe about two or 2.5 inches in from the end. And we are going to come down. And then we're going to come back up to that initial dot. Alright, same thing on this side. So we go in about two or 2.5 inches. That would be approximately four centimeters. And then we come down and then we come back up to that initial dot. So there is the body and the wings of our butterfly. Alright? So what we're going to do in the next step is we are going to apply some watercolor paint. So I'll see you back here in the next video. 3. Step 2: Paint the Butterfly: All right friends. In this step we are going to apply some watercolor paint to our piece of paper. What we're going to do is something a little bit different. We are going to get our paper wet first before we apply our paint. So we're going to use clear water to paint inside each of our shapes, inside each of our wings, of our butterfly. And we're going to use quite a bit of water. Now, the thing about it is you might not be able to see my water very well. You might not even be able to see your water very well, but just do your best to cover the entire inside of each one of your wings and trying not to go outside of your wings. Very much this part of your project, you're going to have to move pretty quickly and let me tell you why. Because we want the water to be really wet on our piece of paper. We don't want it to soak in too much because if that happens, then our paint won't be able to run around and spread around enough. So we're going to just do this part very, very quickly. All right, so now I have water on each of my wings and I can see that this water on this wing because I started this 1 first, it's starting to dry out, so I'm going to add a little bit more water to that. So make sure you have a lot of water on there. And then the next step is we're going to drop some paint into our triangles, into our wings. So I'm going to choose the warm colors which are orange, yellow, red, and maybe even some pink. I'm just going to apply color onto my piece of paper and notice just a very small dot will create a lot of color. So I'm just going to be doing that. And then I'd like you to also do this as well. I'm going to start out with one color and then I will move on to another color. All righty friends, as you can see, my colors are starting to spread around and run around with each other and that's exactly what we want. We applied our water first, so this would happen. So this is actually a really good thing. We're not quite sure what the watercolor paint will do in the end. And that's the fun part about watercolor paint because sometimes it's pretty unpredictable and it just kind of does what it wants to do. So make sure that you have most of your triangles and your other Bottom Wings filled with color. Make sure the edges get color because sometimes you might forget a little bit of color on the bottom part like I did right here, you can just add a little bit more color because it's important to get all the way to the end. Alright, these need to dry before we start our second part of our painting. So go ahead and let those dry. So I'll see you back here next time. 4. Step 3: Paint the Background: So now that we've allowed the paint on our butterflies to dry, we're going to add some watercolor paint to the background. Color that you choose is up to you. But I would suggest maybe a lighter color because we are going to be painting our outline of our butterfly with black. And we really want that black too stand out to pop out. So take a look at the colors in your butterfly and then make a decision on the background color. Keeping in mind that we are going to outline with black as soon as the background dries. So I think I'm going to choose green because I think that it would go really great with these colors. And I'm just going to start painting with my larger paintbrush. I'm going to start painting the background and I'm going to be very careful not to get my paint onto the space that's already painted or onto the body of my butterfly. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. And I'm just going to speed up this video so you can watch me and I'll be back here in just a minute. All righty friends. I'm finished painting the background and I'm going to want it to dry a little bit because when I apply my black water color paint to the outline, I wanna make sure that that doesn't spread around. So if you can make sure that your background is pretty dry, that will work the best. So I will see you in the next video. 5. Step 4: Outline the Butterfly: Now that our background is finished drawing, what we're going to do is we are going to apply some black paint onto our pencil lines to create an outline for our butterfly. So let's go ahead and do that. So I'm going to use my smaller paintbrush. Your papers needs to be pretty small. If you'd like to have a thin line. If you'd like to have a thicker line, you can use a larger paintbrush. One thing that I'd like you to keep in mind when you're using your paintbrush. Make sure that you use your paintbrush going straight up and down vertically like this, that will create a thinner line. So I'm going to be using my water and also some black paint. My black paint is right here. I'm just going to dip just a little bit of paint onto my paintbrush. And I'm going to start by painting my body first. And I'm trying to go slowly and carefully right on the pencil line. And if I feel like I'm running out of paint, I go ahead and I dip my paint brush into the paint again. I load more paint onto my paintbrush. So I'm going to try to go slowly and carefully. And I'm going to take my time in covering all of my pencil lines with the black paint. But it will look like I'm going pretty fast because I'm going to speed up this video. So you can watch me and then we will get started on the second part of what we're going to be doing with our black paint in just a moment. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. All righty friends. Now that I'm finished with my outline of my pencils, I'm going to go ahead and fill in this space right here, the body part, my butterfly. All right, friends, now that I have my body filled in black, I'm going to start creating some designs within my wings. And I think I'm going to make some designs similar to a monarch butterfly. But if you would want to make any other designs, go ahead and do that. So keep in mind when you are creating butterfly designs, you need to make sure that they are symmetrical, meaning that one side is the same as the other side. So if you put a circle on this side, then you need to put a circle on this side. Let me show you what I mean. So I'm going to start here with the circle and I'm going to make sure that I have my paintbrush held straight up and down. That way my line is a little bit thinner. So I have my circle here and I want to make sure that I make a circle over here on this side. Now, it's okay if your circle is a little bit bigger or a little bit smaller than your other circle. Don't worry about that too much. I'm going to put a dot in here. And so that means I need to put a dot in here because they are symmetrical. These two wings are symmetrical. Now, if I want to bring some lines coming out from this circle, then I need to make sure that they're similar, that they're symmetrical. So I'm going to go ahead and work on some lines to design my butterfly wings. And remember, your butterfly wings are probably going to look completely different from mine. And that's a good thing. It's good when we all have different or at work. Already friend's unfinished with my design and I'm really happy with it. I tried to stay as symmetrical as possible. Is it completely symmetrical? No, it's not because I'm a human being, so some of my lines are going to be a little bit different, but I did try my best and that's the important thing. So I hope that you enjoyed this lesson. I will see you next time.