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How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Sugar Skull

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction to Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Sugar Skull

    • 2. Step 1: Draw Sugar Skull With Pencil and Outlining With Crayon

    • 3. Step 2: Paint Sugar Skull With Watercolor Paints

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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 your child?

The Sugar Skull 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 Sugar Skull With Pencil and Outlining With Crayon
  • Step 2: Painting Sugar Skull With Watercolor Paints

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:

Let's start creating!

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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 Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Sugar Skull: Hey, Brands, how are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be completing this beautiful sugar skull. And I am really excited about this because I love sugar schools. So this is our sugar school. We're going to be outlining it with black crayon after we do some pencil lines. And then I'd like to go over the supplies and materials that you will need for this project . The first thing that you'll need is some watercolor paper. This is a pit thick paper that will stand upto water. And if you don't have any watercolor paper specifically, if you could find some just in plain thick paper, that should dio. You'll also meet a mat or a cloth for underneath your painting just to keep masses at bay. You will also need some paint, some watercolor paints. I like to use thes because there's a lot of different colors in there. You will also need a paint brush with some clean water. You will also meet a crayon in the grand that you will need is a black crown. So you only need a black crayon for this project. And then the last thing that you will need is a paper towel or a rag for cleanup. So, yeah, I'm really, really excited about this project. It has a lot of color. It's very vibrant and fun. And the thing about it is you get to create the designs that you want to create inside of your sugar school. I will give you some examples, but the main thing that you realize is that you get to do what you want to dio because this is your artwork, so let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw Sugar Skull With Pencil and Outlining With Crayon: Hey, friends. So the first thing that you need to do is grab your pencil with your eraser and what we're going to do is we're going to sketch out our sugar school. So on your piece of paper, you'll go about halfway down, and what you're going to do is you're going to make on upside down squarish. You similar to this, then what you're going to do is you're going to go back to one of the sides and come in just a little bit with a curve line and do the same on your other side. And then what you're going to dio is you're going to come down, come over and go back up. Now this is kind of a tricky shape, and that's why I'd like you to start out in pencil if you have a pencil, because you might need to do a little bit of your racing to get the shape the way that you want it, OK, some people like to do their make their schools a little bit flounder. Some like to have their jawline about a little bit rounder. It's all in what you want, OK, after you get this part, finish the outline of the school. Then let's put some very, very large circles for our eyes. Very large. They're not exactly the same, Dr. Okay, I tend to like things that aren't exactly the same. Okay? And then let's do a nose and down here for our mouth, we're going to make a straight line, and then on top of the straight line, we're going to make some upside down use. And those are going to be the teeth. And then underneath you're going to do the same just like that. Okay, so the next thing that you're going to dio is you're going to take a look at your school, and you were going to decide where you would like to put certain elements. You can use hearts. You can your you swirls. You can use diamonds. You can use flowers in the trick about creating a sugar school is whatever you put on one side, you need to put the same thing on the other side. Okay, let me show you what I mean. So in the middle here, I'm going to start out with a circle and maybe make another circle. And then I am going to turn it into a flower. And that's going to be right in the middle of my sugar schools, huh? Then on either side, I'm going to create a leave. So a leaf on this side. If I have one leaf on this side, I need to make a leaf on this side. All right. Now, if I want to put pedals around my eye sockets on one side, guess what I have to do on the other side. Yes, the same thing. So I have my pedals here, and I'm going to put them on this side as well. No chi. So I see an area down here in here that needs a little bit of color. I think I'll put some hearts there and putting in a hard on this side. So I need to put a heart on this side. Alright. How about over here? How about a little mustache? That sounds like fun. So mustache here in a mustache here. And let's close that up. Okay? I see some areas down here that could maybe use a little bit of attention. Maybe a circle here in a circle here. Maybe some wavy lines here circle Circle Circle. What else do you see? Maybe a swirl. If I put a swirl on this side, I need to put one on this side as well. See how that works. Now, I think I'd like to put something on the inside of the eyes. I think I'd like to put another lower, so I'm going to put a circle here, and then I'm going to put some panels. But if you can think of something different that you'd like inside of your eyes, go for it. This is your artwork. And so it should reflect what you would like to dio. I'm just giving you some examples. Oh, I think I'm happy with that. So I think what I'll do next is I'd like a little bit of detail in the outside area, so I'm going to make some Mexican flowers. So I have a circle, another circle, maybe just a flower that looks like this. Very simple, with simple use. So let me explain this one again. Circle with an outer circle in a kind of zigzagging line. Softs exact all the way around. Curve line, curve line. And then maybe a couple of beans. Okay. And then over here, maybe the same thing Circle Circle, sausages AG realize. And and then maybe I'll do one more thing up here. Maybe I'll do another lower in organic shape. And, Ellie, what do you think? Anything that looks pretty cool. All right. I'd like you to look at your own. And if you see any areas that you'd like to improve, go ahead and do that. Now, if you feel like you need to do any racing, you want to change something around, that's fine. Do that right now and I'll be back in a minute, and then we will online already, friends. So I'm back and I have my sugar school here with the flowers, and the next step is going to be to get my black crown out of my grand box. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to cover all of my pencil pencil line with black crown . Now, if you do not have a black reon, any dark crayon would dio All right, so if you have, like, a dark purple or dark blue, just something that you can outline these lines with, So I'm going to be working on that I'm going to speed up this video so you can either watch me or you can get started on outlining your own sugar school. So I'll see you in a minute. Already. Friends, I'm back. I really like him. I think he's really cool. And I can't wait to apply some watercolor paints on here. So join me again in the next video for the finishing up off this lesson. 3. Step 2: Paint Sugar Skull With Watercolor Paints: all right, friends. I'm back. So what we're going to do now is we're going to paint our sugar school, and I kind of have it worked out in my mind. The colors that I'd like to use sometimes I don't really think about it a lot, and I just go for it. But I think I'd like my actual sugar school to be pink, the main part of the sugar school to be pink and then blew. Maybe on the outside, maybe mixed in with a little bit of purple. So what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to start painting and speed up the video. But before I do that, I'd like to show you a trick. And I've mentioned this before. What you want to do before you start painting is put one drop of water into your paints and that will wake them up and get them ready for you to use. So that is a really good tip, and then I'm going to start my painting. All right. - Hey , friends. Okay? I'm finished with my beautiful sugar school. It turned out great. I'm really happy with it. Took me a while because of the little tiny areas that I needed to paint in. But that's okay. I'm really happy with the way that it turned out. There are a couple of places that I wanted to keep white because I wanted this flower and this flower to really stand out. So I wanted the eyes to be white and the teeth as well. So I hope you enjoy this lesson and I'll see you next time.