Learn How to Draw and Paint a Desert Cathedral With Oil Pastels: Art for Children and Beginners | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Learn How to Draw and Paint a Desert Cathedral With Oil Pastels: Art for Children and Beginners

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Desert Cathedral Oil Pastel Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Background and Outline

    • 3. Step 2: Apply Color to Oil Pastel Painting

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Follow along with me as we create a fun and fabulous oil pastel masterpiece!

Designed with beginners in mind, this Desert Cathedral oil pastel project is perfect for children ages 8+. Students will learn basic oil pastel techniques and apply these techniques to complete their project. This project is designed to give children the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

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The teaching process used is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight your child into painting action!

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. Desert Cathedral Oil Pastel Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you today? I hope you're having a great day. I am excited about this lesson. Today we are going to be creating this oil pastel painting of this beautiful desert cathedral. So, yeah, we'll be using a lot of bright colors. Remember that this project can get a little bit messy. So you'll want to put a little mat underneath your work area and, um, let's get to it. 2. Step 1: Background and Outline: Alrighty, friends, before we begin to draw our desert confederal, what we're going to do is we're going to take our oil pastel, and we're going to peel it. I want to get all that paper off. Just like the match. Sometimes they're a little bit tricky to peel up. Got it. Okay. And then I also want to break it in half. Okay? Said that half its aside with my other little pieces and what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill this whole entire piece of paper up with this oil pastel color, this white oil pastel. And instead of just going like this, which would take a very long time if you if you want to do it like this, it actually gives you a lot of coverage. But a faster way to do it is if you put your oil pesto on the side push kind of firmly. You just cover this way. It goes a lot faster. This is going to be all covered up by a colors. So it really helps if you have full coverage of your white first. So did you see how that broke? A little bit. That's very common with these oil pastels. They're very soft. They're softer there, even softer than crayons. So if you decide to work with these a lot, you will find that they used up very quickly. It's actually one of my favorite mediums to use. I just love the effect that you could get with oil pastels. Kids love them, too, because they're really messy. That's just one of the reasons why they love them. But they're really messy. If you look at my hands, how messy they get, they feel really cool. They feel almost oily a little bit. Okay, I I'm just about to run out of this one. See how small it iss very small. But what I like to try to do is I like to try to give the whole thing. So just pushing around here, it's kind of smudgy. And that's the beauty of oil pastels You compared to smudge it around. Okay, that's getting a little small there. Put that down. Was this other piece Oh, hi, I'm Stan. Now, if I get going a little bit too fast for you, I would suggest what you can Dio. Yes, you could put this video on pause, but the video on pause and then you can work your own paper because I do this pretty quickly, and sometimes it takes kind of a long time. So it's up to you. Okay, so that part is done. Now, what I'm going to do for my desert cathedral is I'm going to make an outline. So basically, this part of the lesson is just going to be the background and the outline Okay, the background in the outline. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to start at the bottom and I'm going to make a line going fairly straight across maybe about three inches up, and then underneath that, I'm going to make another line, and then I'm going to make a zigzag line, just a Siris of these hooked together. And then I'm going to make another's exact line following along that first zigzag line. It's like that now I'm going to start the actual computer ALS. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to have some different shapes. Most of the shapes will eat every semi circles or rectangles or squares, so I'm going to start here, and I think I'd like to put a rectangle about right here and then on top of that rectangle , I'm going to put a semi circle like a dome and then inside, I'm going to put another. I guess it would be an upside down U and close it up at the bottom. And then for some doors, I'm going to make us a couple of upside down use. So that's my 1st 1 and these might be kind of hard for you to see, and I apologize for that. But that's just the nature of this project. So we have our white background and I'm adding more white on top, a white outline. Now I'm going to skip the middle part and I'm going to move over to the side. I would say the middle a little bit more to the left, so I'm going to make another smaller rectangle with another semi circle on the top and then inside. You can decorate this anyway, that you like. I think I'm going to put a couple of triangle in a couple of other triangles down here, that bottom now right in the middle and going to make a a larger part of the building, So I'm going to go like this. So I'm attaching a line to this part of the building right here, coming over across and then coming down and hitting this one right here and then for the top here. Now, this is kind of a tricky shape, but it's a really cool shape. It's It's almost like a different type of a dome shape. So we put it a daughter here at the top. We come down and Reker come down and we curve this shape right here. These these curved lines you might have to take, uh, you might need a little bit of practice with that because it is kind of a difficult shape to to master. Okay, for the windows, I'm going to make some upside down use and close them. Do you see how this window ran into this part of the building? No problem. And then on the inside of that, I'll make some more upside down used and then I'm just going to think of ways that I can put a little bit more detail on here and you could come up with something totally different and unique to you. It's up to you. And again, if I get going a little bit fast, please know that you could just pause this and take your time. Okay, so I see that I have this area pretty much filled up. But I think I'd like to put something over here, and I'm going to maybe make one more rectangular part of the building. And it's it's actually behind this little section and attached to this section, and then I'll put another upside down. You Maybe I'll put a little bit more detail on that roof. If you could fit something in here, you can put something right there. That would be cool. Alrighty. I really like the way that this is looking. I'm thinking I'd like to have a few more details coming out of the side. So I think what I'm going to do isn't because this is in the desert. I'm going to come out with some curved lines like this, and I'm going to make some palm trees. Okay. Then I'll do the same thing on this side. So if you don't have room or if you would like to put something else here, my guest says your artwork. Okay, I'm really happy with the way that this looks. And in the next video we will color this in O K. C in a minute by 3. Step 2: Apply Color to Oil Pastel Painting: all right, so let's get started on our desert cathedral. What I'm going to do is I'm going to take a look at my piece of artwork, might outline, and then I'm going to kind of loosely decide where some colors are going to go. I know that I'd like my palm trees to be green and brown, so I want to make sure in this guy that I don't put green or brown, I think I'm going to put a purple or blue in the sky, and maybe I'll just fill in various colors. You know what? Maybe I'll use the warm color. It's more like reds and oranges and yellows for the buildings, but I haven't quite decided yet, and that's okay. So take a look at your own drawing its a drawing at this point, and then you can decide where you'd like to start applying the color. So I'm going to start applying the color and you can either watch me. I'm going to speed up this video or you can start on your own project and all right, friends. So there you go. There's the painting. I am deciding not to outline this one in black because I like the way that it looks right now. So some people will choose to outline in black. And that's fine. It just depends on what you the look that you're looking for, the for the particular project. What I am going to do, however, is I'm going to kind of smearing smudge the edges of each a little part of the building. So I'm going to just take my finger. It gets very messy, but I really like this look. And I'm very, very much excited about this project. I think it looks fantastic. So I hope you enjoy this lesson, and I hope to see you in the next lesson. All right, talk to you later, all right?