Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Mandala Design for Children and Beginners | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Mandala Design for Children and Beginners

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Draw Mandala With a Crayon

    • 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint Over Mandala Design

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About This Class

Are you looking for a watercolor painting project for your child?

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching art to your child?

The Mandala 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 two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing the Mandala Design
  • Step 2: Painting the Mandala Design

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 and Supplies Needed for This Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we're going to do a fun project. It looks like this. This is not actually dry yet, so I am just going to tell you what the supplies and materials are that you need for this project. It's a fun project. We use Koreans and to make a design in the middle. And then what we do is we get our paper wet, and then we drop watercolor paints on tour paper, and it makes a really neat effect. The thing that I like about this is that once you drop the paint onto your paper, you have no control as to what it's going to dio. Sometimes it bleeds into each other. It spreads around, and that's what's really neat about water color. That's what I love about it the most. So what you will need for this lesson is a piece of watercolor paper. If you have it, that would be great. If you don't have watercolor paper, any thick paper will do, but you'll need a piece of watercolor paper or or regular thick paper. The next thing that you will need is a mat. Ah, Matt, underneath your paper. Or maybe some newspaper or a big drop cloth, something to protect the surface that you're working on. You will also need some watercolor paints. I like to use these paints because there's a lot of different colors in there. So grab your paints. You'll also need a paintbrush this time for this project. It's nice if you have a nice big paintbrush. So if you have one that's this large or even larger, that is such a good thing. Sometimes I work with one that's a little bit smaller about this size, so if you have this size that will work as well. You will need ah, cop horrible of clean water. The water must be clean, and we also need some crayons. If you have a variety you're going to use just the bright Kranz. We're not going to use blacks and dark reds and things like that. We're just going to use a bright colors today, and then you will also need ah, handy dandy paper. Telfer spills. Um, I think that's about it. So I'm excited about this lesson. You know what? This This is a good one. After it dries. If you could put it in a frame and pop it up on the wall, it makes really great guest. So, yeah, let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw Mandala With a Crayon: alrighty. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to find the center of our paper. The center of my paper is approximately right here. If you get a little off to the side or a little too far up or down, that's okay. Just try to find the closest that you can to the center. So my centers about right here. Now I'm going to choose to colors out of my crayons to Karan colors, so I would suggest that you choose light and bright colors, so I'm going to choose to colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. I'm going to choose orange and yellow, so other choices might be this really bright pink. Or this life's like green. Or maybe this light blue. Here's another pink orange is always good, maybe a bright purple, but I'm going to choose thes two colors. So the first thing I'm going to Dio is I am going to start in the middle with a dot, and I am going to press pretty hard sometimes when I press this hard my crayon brakes. But that's OK. I can still use my crayon even if it breaks after I do that, I am going to decide on a design. What I'm basically going to do is I'm going to draw a design in a circular manner until it expands out pretty much until maybe about this big, let me show you what I mean. I'm going to think of some patterns that I could put on this design. So I start with my dot and then I'm going to put some They kind of look like pedals just like that. Now, I think what I'll do next is maybe put a circle around it and impressing pretty hard. Then I think I'm going to put some little use that are hooked together around this circle. Then I am going to maybe make some lines coming out. Do you see how I'm going all the way around at the end of these lines? I think I'm going to put some dogs now. Yours is going to look different from mine. Even if you use exactly the same shapes, yours will look a little bit different now. What I'm going to do next is maybe puts some these at the end of my dots and what you can do is you can have fun thinking of shapes that you can put all around your design Next. I think I'm going to put since circles in between each one of my these. See how it's getting bigger and bigger what we want. Okay, Next. I think I'm going to put some use. Their hooked together looks like a flower at this point, pressing as hard as I can reason where you want to press hard is because when we put our water color paint on here, we wanted to We want the grant to resist the water color paint. Now, I think I'm going to expand this out with some long lines coming out like this. So coming out from each of the part that goes in, I'm going pretty quickly. You might not go this quickly, and that's okay. Maybe some circles at the ends this man, I think what I'll dio is maybe I'll add a couple of little lines here like this on the inside of these lines, but who I think I like the way that that looks. If you want to expand all of these designs until the whole thing, your whole paper is covered. That's all right. That's up to you Now. I think I'm happy with this. What I'm going to do next with my yellow is I'm just going to choose certain areas to cover . Excuse me to color in with my yellow. Maybe here. I'm going pretty quickly so you can get started. That's why you wanted to go quickly so you can get started on your own artwork. You might want to take a little bit more time. And remember, I'm pressing pretty hard. Here's another little area right here that I'd like to color in with my yellow. Okay, so I'm really happy with that. I think that that looks really, really great. I think I'm going to do one more thing, and you might not be able to see this very well because the yellow is pretty light. But what I'm doing is I'm just making, like, a little curved line. One zigzag e line. I think that looks perfect. All right, So what we're going to dio next is we're going to cover this piece of paper with water in the next video. Beyond Yeah, let's get started. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint Over Mandala Design: alrighty, friends. So the first thing that will want to do is you'll want to take your nice, clean water and you'll want to drop one drop of water into each little pan of paint. And what this does is it wakes up the paint's so they are ready for you to use. And where did make were little drop in each of our pans paint. Now, if you get more than one drop in there, that's okay. So the next thing is with it's a fairly large paint brush. So what you're going to do is dip it in the green water and you're just going to start painting with the clear, clean water all over your piece of paper. And you might be thinking, Why do we need to do that? We are not able to see any color, but there is a reason behind this. So you want to get this very, very wet, very, very wet all the way down, and what I like to do is start at the top and work my way down that way. I know that I can get all of the areas on my paper. I'm almost time. This doesn't take long at all, and sometimes it's even kind of hard to see where you've been. So you might have to move your head around to see if you've missed any spots with the water . All right, so there we go. Our our piece of paper is completely wet. It's going to be very hard for you to see, but I can see that it's wet. Now, we're going to do this next step very quickly. We're going to start dropping paint on to our piece of paper. And what you're what you're going to dio is you're going to get a lot of paid on your paintbrush and your paintbrush is going to be pretty wet and you're just going to start dropping. And if it doesn't come off like on this one, it didn't come off is easily with the orange. You just can't touch touching little spots. So if it doesn't come off if you shake it a little bit, then just touch. If you want to switch the colors, go ahead and switch and you just kind of go around and you shake. Make sure you get a lot of water on there and remember, if it doesn't come off of your paintbrush. You just kind of drop it on. OK, drop it on your paper. I forgot to put pain on a that time. Okay. It's unlike ing how this looks so far. You do some of this really light orange. Well, water on there. Some over here, you're Maybe I'll put some greed on there as well, Like a screen that looks where this is not a project where we're smearing the paint around , you're just basically dropping it or dotting it onto your piece of paper. Okay. And what's going to happen? What you're going to notice is that your colors are going to start running together because there's already water on your piece of paper. And what's going to happen is it's just going to kind of bleed. It's called bleeding into each other. And that's actually what we want. We want it to bleed into each other at all of the different colors. You put some little in here. That's pretty cool. I think us this blue is so pretty. It kind of reminds me of the sky. You love the sky. Okay. What do you think? Oh, my gosh. A think that circle? I think we're missing a color, though I like to use all of my colors on this project. Well, I want to get some purple in there. OK, drop it right on. Right on in there. And if it doesn't come out, doesn't come off of your paintbrush. Just could dab it on there. Now, keep in mind, I'm going to stop there. Because if you do too much, then what happens is your paper might get a little bit muddy. And what that means is that if you see this area right here, it's starting to just all All the colors are starting to mix together into ah, color. That kind of looks like brown. And so unless you really want your picture to be brown and actually brown is one of my favorite colors, But not for this. Um, you have to stop at some point. So it's your decision as to win. You want to stop? Um, but I think with with my project right now, I'm going to stop right there. And what's going to happen is thedc colors are going to continue to spread around and make their own designs. And in What's beautiful about watercolor is you don't really have that much control over what goes on after you drop the color onto your paper. So I'm going to let this dry. And I hope you enjoyed this project. I hope. Teoh See you in the next video. All right. Take care of things.