Art for Kids and Teens: How to Draw and Paint a Space Alien | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids and Teens: How to Draw and Paint a Space Alien

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Space Alien

    • 3. Step 2: Outline the Design

    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Space Alien Design

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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun and unique painting project for your child or teen? 

Are you searching for an art project that will ensure artistic success and confidence?

Would you like an experienced art teacher guiding your child or teen through the creative process?

This Space Alien drawing and painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for first-time painters and children and teens ages 8+. By following along with me, step-by-step, the beginner artist will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Space Alien
  • Step 2: Outline the Design With Black Paint
  • Step 3: Paint the Design

The process used to teach this project is a step-by-step method that will inspire and delight the beginner painter into painting action! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the outcome.

Students will learn basic tempera and acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Space Alien drawing and painting project is designed to give beginners the skills they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

Supplies and materials needed for this project:

Let the creative fun begin!

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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 great day today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a drawing and painting 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. I will teach you step-by-step all of the steps that you need to take to be successful. I'd like to go for the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of white heavy paper. You will need a flat paintbrush. You will need a pencil with an eraser, and you'll need a paper towel. We are not going to be using water for this project. So we will need a paper towel to wipe our paint brushes off on. You will need a pallet to hold your paints. I like to use a paper plate. And you will need the following colors. You'll need black, purple, yellow, green, and white. If you don't have all of these colors, that's okay. Just use what you have. If you'd like to make this color green, I would try adding two regular green, a little bit of white, Amy, hello, and do a little bit of experimentation with your color mixing to see if you can come up with a pretty bright green. Already friends, I'm excited about teaching you this project. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Space Alien: In this step we are going to draw our alien. So we're going to start out with drawing with our pencil. And then we are going to be covering our pencil lines with some black paint outline. So let's get started. Go about a third of the way up your piece of paper and make a very small dot. I'm not even sure if you can see that dot here. Let me make it a little bit darker, but your dot needs to be pretty light. This is just going to be a guide dot for you to make your aliens had. So when you make your aliens head, it's going to be a teardrop shape that is upside down. So the point of the teardrop is going to be upside down as opposed to right-side up. So let me show you the shape of our aliens head. So what we're going to do is start here at the DOD. We're going to come up around and aliens have pretty wide heads. Come around slowly and carefully and we're going to end up at the dot. Like this. There's a little bit of a point here at the bottom. That is the aliens chin. Now I have to admit that eyes on the alien or a little bit tricky. So you'll want to use a very light touch with your pencil just in case you need to erase. So go to the middle of your head. And this is where the eye, the top of the eye is going to be. When you look at an alien, the eyes are a little bit lower on the head, on the face. Okay, so we're going to go in maybe about an inch or an inch and a half, that would be about two centimeters or so in. And you're going to make this small dot. My dots are going to be a little bit bigger because I want you to be able to see on the video, make that a little bit darker. But your dots are going to be pretty light because they're just a guide dots. All right, now for the bottom of the eyes, we're going to come down to about here. So halfway between this line for the dot of the eyes, the top of the eyes and the chin. So about halfway down, which on my piece of paper it would be about right here. I'm going to go in maybe about 2.5 to three inches, I would say. And that would be maybe about four centimeters. You're going to make another dot like this and like this. So coming in about three inches or four centimeters. So these are going to be the guide dots for our eyes. Now what we're going to do is we're going to make curved lines. And we're going to attach this dot to this dot. On this side, the bottom side and the top side. Let me show you what I mean. So we come down and then we come back up slowly and we stop at our bottom dot in the same thing on the top. And that'll make the shape of the eye. Like I said before, this is kind of tricky because the shape of the eye on Aliens is really important. And so you want to kind of get this right if you feel like you need to reshape the I go ahead and do it. Now for this one, I'm going to come out, come down, and then do the same thing on the bottom. Right. Now for their nose, their noses are pretty small. They don't like human noses stick out from the face. But for aliens, a lot of times you just see two nostrils and they're pretty small and they're more flat on their face. And then the aliens that I've seen haven't always been that happy. You can certainly make a happy alien if you want to, but mine is going to be a little bit more grumpy. So I am going to have more of a downturned smile. It's not even a smile, it's more of a base that he makes when he's not very happy. Okay. I'm going to put a little tiny bit of detail. Maybe under the eye, maybe a couple of lines like this. And I'm going to be painting in the eyes. So there's not going to be anything else like a pupil or an iris or anything on the inside of the eyes. Okay. All right, so now that we have our alien face in head, we're going to make his neck and his body. Now his neck is pretty long and thin. So we're going to come down with two straight lines and use a light touch with your pencil because you might need to erase if you by accident make your neck too thick. When I'm making an alien, sometimes that happens to me. I make the, the neck a little bit too thick and it doesn't quite look right. So I have to erase some, make it pretty thin and long, longer than a human neck. And then the shoulders are more narrow. So we come down like this. So we come out from the bottom of the neck. And then we come down in, these are the shoulders. And remember they're narrow, they don't go way out. Okay. And if you want to put clothing on your Ailene, you can do that. But I'm just going to have my Alien be completely green. The head's going to be green and then the body, the neck and the body are going to be green as well. Now let's put a little bit of detail in the background for our alien. I think I'm going to make a couple of stars. And if you want to put a planet, you can do that as well. Just keep in mind when you are making your drawings, we're going to be outlining with pain so they can't get too detailed in the reason why is because the paint will just cover up any detail that you make. So I'm going to make some stars. This is how I make a star. I make an upside-down V. And then I make two lines coming out, two lines coming in, two lines coming out, two lines coming into a point in the center. And that's how I make my star. I like my stars to be not perfect. So that's just my preference. And that's what, that's how I'm going to make a star. So I'm going to make another one over here, same way. And then I think I'm going to make one up here at the top. I'm not sure if you can see this on the video, but I'm just making the same type of star. And I think that's it. I think that's all I'm going to do. Now in addition to these stars, I will add a few more stars when I start painting. But for right now, I'm just going to have three stars. If you'd like to make more than three stars, you can go ahead and do that. And if you want to make a planet somewhere, if you have enough room, you can make a planet. Let me show you how to make a planet. In case you want to do that. I'm going to make the planet right here, but I'm going to erase it after I make it. And the reason why is because I'm just going to have stars. So I'm make a planet like this, like a Saturn type planet. So I make a circle. And then after I make this circle, I make a curved line like this. And it comes out the back, comes around the front, and then goes back around the back. If you'd like to make a planet like that, you can go ahead and do that. So that's a really cool way to make a planet. Going to erase that. But you are welcome to make planets or anything else that you'd like to make in the background. This is your art, so you get to pick whatever you want. All right, friends. When we come back, we are going to use our paintbrush to do some outlining our design. I'll see you back here in just a minute. 3. Step 2: Outline the Design: In this step, what I'm going to do is I'm going to cover my pencil lines with this black paint right here and my paintbrush. I'm going to go slowly and carefully so I do my best work. And when I get to my eyes, I'm going to fill them in with black because I want them to be nice and black because that's what I normally see when I see pictures of aliens. So I'm going to start at the top and I'm going to hold my paintbrush more vertically, straight up and down. So my line is a little bit thinner. It's not super thin. It's a little bit thinner than if I were to hold my paintbrush to the side more horizontally like this. Alright, so what I'm going to do is speed up this video. All right, friends, I'm finished outlining my design. What we're going to do now is we are going to allow our painting to dry. And when we come back in the next video, we will be adding more paint. So I'll see you back here next time. 4. Step 3: Paint the Space Alien Design: All right, friends, I'm back and my painting, my outline of my Ailene is dry. You want to make sure that your painting is completely dry. Otherwise, what can happen is your black can seep into your other colors so we wanna make sure that that's dry. Now I have my paints on my palette already. These are the colors that I'm going to use. If you want to use different colors, that's okay. This is what I am going to use. So I'm going to use a bright green. I'm going to use yellow. I'm going to use white and purple. And I'm going to use the green for the alien. I'm going to use the yellow for the stars, the white for some stars after the fact, and then the purple for this guy. All right, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to start with the lightest color besides white, which is yellow. And I'm going to start by using that color first because we aren't using any water. It's a good idea to try to start with the lightest color if you can, if you can't do that, that's okay. But I always try because when I clean off my paintbrush, It's a lot easier if you start out with the lightest color. So I'm going to just try to stay in the lines and I'm going to know if I go a little bit outside of the line is going to be okay. And it'll make the painting look more, that much more human-made. So I'm going to paint those stars yellow. And then the next brightest color, the next lightest color I should say would be my green. So to get my paint off of my paintbrush, I'm just going to put it onto the paper towel right here and then maybe give it a little squeeze, a little hug. Most of it will come off. Not all of it, but most of it will come off. And then I'm ready to go on my next color. So I'm going to use my green. And this is a really, this is a really cool color, green. If you don't have this color gradients, this is more of a fluorescent green. Then you can make a brighter green with a little bit of regular green. And I'll maybe a little bit of yellow and a little bit of white. And that will lighten up your green. So I'm going to speed up this video after I paint my alien green, what I'm going to do next is I am going to paint the sky, paint the background. And remember if you need some more paint, just get a little bit out at a time. That way we won't be wasting much page, right, friends. I will see you back here for just a minute. All right, friends. So now I've finished painting my stars, my alien, and my background. What I'm going to do next is I am going to take my white and with the back of my paintbrush, this part right here, I'm going to just dip that into the white. And then I'm going to create some little stars all around in the background. And I want them to be pretty round. That's why I'm using the back of my paintbrush. So if you want to skip this step, you can go ahead and skip it. It's up to you. This is your art work, so you should do what you want to do. But I'm just giving you an idea about what you can do with the white paint in. You can add a few little stars. Already friends, I really hope that you enjoyed this project. I'll see you next time.