Art for Kids and Beginners: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Polar Bear on an Iceberg | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids and Beginners: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Polar Bear on an Iceberg

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Polar Bear

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Background

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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 Polar Bear on an Iceberg 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 Polar Bear
  • Step 2: Paint the Background with Watercolor Paints

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.

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: Hi friends, how are you? I hope you're having a really good day today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a cubed polar bear 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, we are going to be drawing and painting this cute polar bear in honor of winter. So let's go over the supplies and the materials that you will need to create this polar bear. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of watercolor paper. You will need some watercolor paints and a paintbrush. You will need some water in a bowl or a cup. And you will need a black oil pastel or a black crayon. The last thing that you'll need is a paper towel for quick cleanups. So go ahead and gather your supplies and materials and I'll see you back here in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw a Polar Bear: All right, friends. So the first thing that we're going to do is we are going to draw our polar bear with either our oil pastel or our crayon, preferably an oil pastel if you have it. So what we're going to do is we're going to try to fill up this entire space with our polar bear. Okay? What that means is you're not going to make a really small polar bear pups, small polar bears are so cute, aren't they? They're really cute. But for this project, we're going to fill up the whole space. So if you're looking at your artwork from across the room, you will be able to see it, okay, so keep that in mind when you are drawing your polar bear. All right, so the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to make a giant upside down U. And remember, we're going to try to fill up our whole space. So watch what I do. We've come up a little bit from the bottom, maybe about a hand or maybe four fingers. We're going to start here. Watch what I do. I'm pushing pretty hard. I'm going up. I'm coming around and I'm coming down like this. So that's a giant upside-down you. The reason why we want to make it that large is because we want enough space for his head and his face details. All right, down here at the bottom, we're going to create his feet first. Remember, polar bears have these really giant feet. So we're going to make some upside-down use again, curved lines. And did you see what I did? I started right here at the end and I came up slowly and I pushed pretty firmly with my oil pastel and then I came back down. I'm going to do the same thing on the other side. If they're not exactly the same, That's okay. Don't worry about that. All right. Now I'm going to close up those use at the bottom to make semi-circles. Now I'm going to put a little bit of detail in top inside of each foot. Just make a couple of little toes which are just lines. And then I'm going to go to this space right here between the feet. And I'm going to make another upside down U. There we go. So this is the under part of our polar bear, his belly. So in this space right here, we're going to make our Polar Bears head and face. Remember we're not going to be making a small face. We want it to be big because we want to be able to see the features inside of his face. So we'll make a shape that looks like this. It's a little bit of a cross between a circle, an oval, and a square. All right, so just create a shape. It kind of looks like a circle, but it has a little bit more squareness to it. So you just make whatever kind of shape that you like. This is the type of shapes that I chose. So go ahead and make that the head of your polar bear. Next we're going to make his ears, and they're going to be at the top a little bit to the side. And we're going to make them pretty small because surprisingly, polar bears have smallish ears. And then inside his ears, we're going to make some smaller upside-down u's. And then we're going to fill those in just a little bit with our black oil pastel. Now we're going to move down here closer to the bottom. It's about halfway down his face. And we're going to make a shape that looks similar to this. And if yours doesn't look the same, That's okay. This is part of his nose. And then inside of here we're going to make a lie about it. The midpoint with a letter you attached in, we're going to fill that in. If you want to leave a little bit of a shine mark at the top, that would be fine or you could just fill it in with your black oil pastel either will work. That just gives a little reflection mark from the sun. Now let's make some eyes in their eyes actually aren't that big. There we go. All right, so let's come down here to the bottom and let's make some snowdrift that he standing on block of snow. You can make this however you want. Alright, so this is this know that he's standing on. And then this is this guy behind him. When we come back, we're going to be painting the sky behind him. But for right now, go ahead and put your oil pastel down. And we're going to do something with our finger. Now remember, oil pastels can get kinda messy and that's one of the really good things about them. We're going to just push a little bit of that black towards the inside of our polar bear. Just very lightly. You don't have to press really hard. It just gives it a little bit more of a Ferrari. Luck. Just barely touching. When you look at polar bears, they're not completely white. So this just gives it a little bit more detail. I think I'm not going to choose to touch my eyes. I want them to be nice and crisp. But if you want to touch the eyes, you can go ahead and do that. I'm also not going to touch my snowdrift down here at the bottom either. Okay. Now you'll notice once you're finished with this part, you're going to have a little bit of black on your finger. So go ahead and wipe that off on your handy dandy paper towel or your tissue because it can get pretty messy with this black. Keep in mind, if you did use crayon, then you won't be able to do this step because this step needs oil pastel, because crayons don't smear around, like oil pastels do, so it wouldn't come back. What we're going to do is we are going to start applying some watercolor paints. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Background: Already friends in this step, what we're going to do is we are going to apply some paint, some watercolor paint to the background, which includes this space here around our polar bear and underneath our polar bears body. So we're not going to apply color to the snowdrift right here or to the polar bear, all right, because they are white. So the first thing that we need to do is we need to prepare paints. So I'm going to put one drop of water inside each of our pans of paint. And then you can use whatever colors you want to paint the background. It is up to you. I think I'm going to use maybe blue and some purple. So if you want to make stripes or snowflakes or whatever you'd like to do. Go ahead and do it. Okay, because this is your artwork. I think I'm going to start out with Symbaloo and then I will kinda mixed, set up a little bit with some purple. Think that's what it would look really good on my piece of paper, but you get to use the colors that you like. So I'm going to do that and you can watch me or you can get started on your own. Already, friends. I'm back and I'm finished with my background. I think mine looks really, really cool. I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and I'll see you next time.