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Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Jungle Elephant for Kids

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Jungle Elephant for Kids

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

      2:06
    • 2. Step 1: Draw a Jungle Elephant

      10:06
    • 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Elephant

      10:22
    • 4. Step 3: Add Detail to the Elephant

      1:22
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Are you looking for a fun watercolor painting project for your child?

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Jungle Elephant 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 three steps in this art project:

Step 1: Draw an Elephant

Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Elephant

Step 3: Add Details to the Painting

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:

  • Watercolor Paint
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Pencil With Eraser
  • Paint Brushes
  • Permanent Marker
  • paper towels
  • bowl of water
  • mat to protect work area

Let's start creating!

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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 and Supplies Needed for This Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be creating this elephant in a jungle scene watercolor painting project. I'm really excited about it. So cute and colorful. I wanted to go over some supplies and materials that you'll need for this project so you can gather them up before we begin. The first thing that you'll need is paper. This is a nice, thick watercolor paper that I have here. If you do not have watercolor paper specifically, what you could do is just find a nice, thick piece of paper, and that should work just fine. Another thing that you'll need are watercolor paints. I like this set because there are a lot of different color choices, but just use what you have available to you. The next thing that you'll need is some clean water and a brush, so I use a brush about this big for this project. If you have a little bit of a smaller one or a larger one, that's okay, too. You'll also need a marker, a black marker. It could be permanent, or it could be a regular kid marker for a little bit of detail work that we're going to be doing. You will also need a pencil with an eraser, and you will need a scrap piece of paper so we can test out a few different colors on their And it's always a good idea to have a paper towel available that way. If you have a spell or a cleanup that you have, then you can just grab your paper towel and it's just comes in handy. Sometimes the last thing that you'll need is a little Matt or something to cover your work area so that it stays nice and clean for you underneath your your beautiful artwork. So that's it, Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Jungle Elephant: already friends. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to grab our pencil and we're going to place our paper horizontally, which is going this way landscape. It's not the up and down way. Okay, so it's going this way, and we're going to create our elephant right in the middle here and then around him is going to be awesome. Foliage, some trees, some flour, some plants. So let's get started. We're going to make our elephants in the middle. So what you're going to dio is you are going to draw with your pencil. You are going to draw a relatively lightly. That means you're not going to press down really hard. I am going to press down pretty hard because I want you to be able to see my markings, so I will press hard, but you don't have to. Okay, so here we go. We're going to start towards the bottom of our paper, Um, maybe about two or 2.5 inches up, and that would be maybe about four centimeters. So we're going to go up, square off, go across and come down at about the same spot on the other side of your paper. So this is going to be our elephants trunk. And this is going to be our elephants high in the leg. OK, so the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to make a small line coming out from this initial line, and then we're going to bring that line up just like that, Not all the way up, just maybe about halfway up. Now what we're going to do is we're going to come over with a slightly curved line pretty small, and then we're going to make a straight line down, and it's going to end up about the same like as this one. We could make this one a little bit longer. Okay, so it's about the same. They hit about the same point. Now what we're going to do is we're going to make a short line and then we're going to come up. This is going to be our elephants front leg. Then we're going to go over a tiny a bit and then we're going to come down with a straight line and they come over and then go back up and this line is going to be a little bit longer than this line. And I see that I need to erase a little area right here. There we go. That's the neat thing about using a pencil. You can erase certain areas. Now, What we're going to do is we're going to carry this line over to about right here and then we're going to come down and this is going to be a hind leg of our elephant. Come over and then we're going to come up almost to the same distance. Is this one? Come over, come down and they close up. So, do you see that? Here's our trunk here, front legs. And here are our back legs. Then let's put some toenails on our elephant. He has big oh toenails, and those are just upside down use that are hooked together. You can put two or three, however many fit on your elephants leg. Then right here, let's make a couple of little lines here for his trunk, and then we can even make a couple of curved lines here at the bottom of his trunk. Now, right here, we're going to make a tusk. So a tusk is just a curve line coming down and then a curved line coming down again and they touch at a point for his ear. It's just a letter C that is upside down. And then elephants have fairly small eyes. So we're going to make a solid I right here. If you'd like to put eyelashes on him, that would be fine. Couldn't even turn it into her. If you'd like. They have small tales. So curved line with a couple more curved lines coming out there we go. So basically, that's our elefant. Now what we're going to do is we're going to create some trees and some plants and maybe even a few flowers around our Elefant. So I'm going to start here on the left hand side of my paper and I'm going to make a palm tree and then I'm going to make a palm tree on this side as well. So it's kind of symmetrical kind of matches. All right, so for a poem tree, what you're going to do is you're going to make a very slightly curved line and then follow another one up running parallel to the first. That means right alongside it. Then what we're going to dio is we're going to make a curve lying down, come back up and we're going to do the same thing with their curved lines all the way around our palm tree trunk just like that. Then what we're going to do if you like, We're going to put a couple of coconuts here and maybe a little bit of detail on the inside of our trunk of our poultry. Now, on this site, we're going to do the same thing. So we have curved line, come up, curved line, come up running parallel, and then we're going to make some leaves on this poultry as well. So curved lines coming out and then going back it all the way around whips. I just went off my paper. That's okay. Makes it actually a little bit more interesting when you go off your paper. So if you'd like to do that, that will work out just fine. And then I'm going to put a couple of coconuts here and a little bit of detail. There we go. All right, so let's make a couple of other types of plants I'm going to make Ah little bit of grass coming out from the bottom of my palm trees. So this is a thick grass, so basically it's a curved line coming to a point and then coming down from that initial point, we come down and then I'm going to do the same thing on this side. And then if you can think of other plants that you would like to put on your paper, you could go ahead and do that. Right now, I'm also going to make a couple of flowers, so I think the flowers that I'm going to make are going to be in front of my elephant. So I'm going to come like this and like this. So I went right on top of the body of my elephant, and I'm going to create a flower. So this is the type of flour I'm going to create. I have three oval shapes, and then I come out from my stem of my flower and I create. It's almost like, um, a cloud shape. I'm going to do the same thing over here. So three oval teardrop shapes and then coming out from my stem, I'm going to make a cloud shape. I'll put a few leaves on here, and what I'm doing right now is I'm just kind of going a long and I'm not really thinking a lot about what I'm going to dio. I just look at my artwork and then I make a decision on where I want things to go. Okay. All right. So let's see, I think over here, we need a little bit of something. So I'm going to put some tiny flowers. Let me show you what kind of flowers. So I make leaves that are similar to these, and then I'm just going to put some sorely flowers on top of those. Just like that. Um, that looks pretty good to me. I think I might put something over here. Maybe. So long grass, some long grass, maybe a few leaves on there. So I guess it's more of like a stem. Could you put this here? And if there's anything else that you feel like you'd like to put onto your are working house the time to do it. You know what? Looking at mine. I think I'm going to put some grass down here at the bottom, so I'm just making some straight lines all along the bottom at a little bit more detail. And then maybe I'll just put a little bit of a line here just to show where the grass is. And then up here at the top, I feel like I want a meeting puts and vines. So the way that I make binds is I just make a squiggly line just like that. And I think I'd like to put some leaves, give it a little bit more color and detail. How does that look? I like it already. So again, if you can think of something else that you'd like to put on your artwork, you can do that right now and then the next video. What we'll do is we'll come back and we'll start painting, see in a minute. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Elephant: Hey, friends. Okay, so I'm back, and what we're going to do right now is we are going to start painting. The first thing that you'll want to do before you start painting is take your paintbrush and drop a drop or two of water into each pay pan. And what that will do is it will wake up your paints, meaning that it will prepare your paints for you. Painting with, um just makes it a lot easier, and the colors are usually more vibrant. So that's important to Dio. So what we're going to do is take a look at our beautiful drawing, and I see right here that I'd like to erase this line because this flower right here is going to be in front of my elephants. So I want to erase that line. And then there's another little one right here, so that looks like it's about it on my piece of paper. So if there's any anything else that you'd like to add or anything you'd like to erase, go ahead and do that before you start painting. Okay, so what I'm going to do is I'm going to try to stay inside the lines. If I go out a little bit, that's OK. And watercolor paints are notorious for running into each other and spreading around. And actually, that's what one of the beautiful things about them. But I'm going to try to stay in inside the lines somewhat. I know that I want to create some color down here, some green grass or maybe some brown grass, but I think I might keep my sky white. I'm not sure about that, but that's something that I'm thinking about right now. So what I'm doing is I'm kind of planning out the colors that I'm going to be using. I think I'm going to be using green for my poems and maybe some brown for the trunks and some green for the flowers and maybe some bright reds. And then for my elephant, I'd like him to be ah, grayish color. So I'm going to paint my elephant last and I'm going to paint the foliage, which are the trees and the flowers and the plants first. Still not make it started with that. I think I'll start with my green. You don't just start painting, and as you can see, I'm trying to stay in the lines, but if I go out a little bit, that's okay. That's actually one of the great things about water. Color painting is sometimes the paint just does what it wants to dio, and that's a good thing. Okay, so, down with that, I'm going to move over to this one, and I think what I'm going to do at this point is I am going to speed up the video so you can either watch me or you can get started on your own painting. Keep in mind, we're going to paint our elephant last and let me tell you why. One of the reasons is because for the elephants, I'm going to use black, and I'm going to water down the black quite a bit. And so I'm going to come back before I finished the whole painting to show you how I'm going to water down that black to make it more of a grayish color, but also because this elephant is behind these flowers. I wanted to paint the flowers first, so they're nice and bright, and then I'll paint this last so I'll be back in just a minute. Already, friends so I'm back. And I really like how my painting is looking so far, I might change my mind about the sky. I am going to see how my painting looks after I have my elephant finished and I thought I wouldn't paint this guy. But with art, you can always feel free to change your mind. So I'm going to see how my feelings change as I work on this project and I might change my mind. So let me show you what we're going to do for our elephant so far. Elephant. We're going to paint him a light gray. So the way that you make a light gray is you take your black and you put some on an area on your palate, and then you just add a bunch of water and you mix it in really, really well, Do you see how I'm doing that now? What I'm going to do because still looks pretty black, but I don't know what it's going to look like on paper is I am going to use a test piece of paper to see how this black looks. Oh, I love it. See, when you move the paint around. It's pretty light, so it starts out pretty dark. But because I added so much water, it turns into a gray color. I think I like that a lot. So what I'm going to dio is I am just going to start painting this elephant grey to see if you could see this. I'm going to turn this around so that you can see my great paint. It looks black, but it's really gray. All right, Erica. - Already friends. So I'm back. So what I'm going to do right now is I am going to make a decision on the sky. I have decided that I would like to put a little bit of color on this guy. I think I'm going to put maybe a blue, maybe a little bit of a purple. So I'm going to go ahead and do that right now. So I'm going to mix up some blue and some purple on my palette, and I think it will be pretty happy with that because I feel like my painting needs a little bit more color. So if you feel like you're painting needs a little bit more color as well, you might want to consider this. I think what I'm going to do also is I'm going to make my sky fairly light. So it's not going to be a super super dark sky. I'm just going to go around, are going to try not to touch my other colors too much. But if I do, that's okay. And I'm just going, going to go around my home trees. I'm going to go around already . Friends, I'm back, and I'm really happy that I made that decision to include the blue sky. I just think that my painting looks so beautiful and colorful. There is one area that I forgot to do for some reason these little flowers. I'm not sure why I forgot to do that, but I'm going to add a little bit of orange into this area down here. And then I wanted to mention that I am choosing to leave my task white. I am choosing to leave my toenails white and after my painting completely dries, I am going to put a dot right here for his I and I'm going to do that with a marker so it can be any color marker. I usually use black and I usually use a permanent marker, but because we're not going to get the marker, what you can use any marker at all. But I think that his I would stand out a lot more if we used Ah, marker on it, so I'll be back in just a minute. 4. Step 3: Add Detail to the Elephant: already friends. I'm back and I'm going to use my handy dandy marker to make his eye. So it stands out a little bit more. So what I'm going to dio is I'm going to come in and I'm just going to make a nice round circle. And then if you'd like to add eyelashes, that would be fine as well. Now there's anything else on your picture that you would like to stand out a little bit more than you can go over it with Marker, if you like. I think I am. I think I might go over his tail a little bit. You see that? How that helps it to stand out a little bit more. I might even go over his ear. Just make just fall along that pencil line just like that. So I think that I'm happy with that Now, if you'd like to go over all of your pencil lines with your marker, that would be nice as well. It's up to you, but I kind of like how the pencil line looks with just a little bit of marker. That's my decision in my choice, but of course this is your artwork so you can dio what you'd like. So I hope that you enjoyed this project and I'll see you next time.