Mexican Folk Art Bird: Oil Pastel Drawing and Painting Art Lesson for Children and Beginners | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Mexican Folk Art Bird: Oil Pastel Drawing and Painting Art Lesson for Children and Beginners

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Bird Mexican Folk Art Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Background and Outline

    • 3. Step 2: Apply Color to Painting

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About This Class

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

Designed with beginners in mind, this Mexican Folk Art Bird 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.

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

There are two steps in this art project:

Step 1: Background and Outline
Step 2: Apply Color to Painting

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. Bird Mexican Folk Art Introduction: Hey, friends. How are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be creating this really amazing piece of artwork. This isn't some Mexican folk art. And Mexican Fokker is actually one of my favorite kinds of art. So I really love this kind of this style. So I hope to see you in a minute and, yeah, come along with me and let's create 2. Step 1: Background and Outline: Alrighty. So for this Mexican folk art lesson, what we will need is up bowl or any type of a circle that you can use is a guide. I'm using a bowl. If you'd like to use a plate or if you have a piece of paper that you have cut out, you can use anything that you like. It just has to make sure you have to make sure that it's a circle and fairly large. We don't want something so tiny that you're not able to see it on your piece of paper. So the bulwarks well and you'll also need your oil pastel. So the first thing that we're going to do, we're going to put that aside for a few minutes and we're going to peel your oil pastel, your white oil pastel. And we are going to actually break this in half, and we're going to cover this whole entire piece of paper with your white oil pastel. And I always like to use the side of my oil pastel because it was a lot faster if you do that. So I like to start in the bottom right corner. You can start wherever you like, and I go pretty fast with this process because I've done it so much. If you need to slow, uh, if you want me to slow down a little bit, all you need to do is you need to pause the video, okay? And then you could catch up. So I'm just going to cover this whole entire piece of paper. Sometimes you're white will break because it's very soft. It's a very, very soft material that artists use to create this piece right here. So we cover this all in, and it's going to set us up for putting a lot of color on, but what's in it? What's neat about this project is some of the black he will still show. I'm sorry. The black paper will still show through, and that's what gives it a really neat affect, some almost finished. Thanks for sticking with me on this. Okay. All right. So now what we're going to do is we're going to creator outline, and we're going to be making, as I said before a folk art bird. So we're going to take our bull or a plate or whatever you have that's round and you're going to take a piece of your white oil past style and you're going to put your bull right in the middle of your paper is close to the middle as you can get. And you're going to press fairly hard with your oil past. Alan, you're going to go all the Rio around. You're going to use your bowl as your guide. See, where did I end up there. So I went all the way around, okay? Said that to the side. Now what I'm going to Dio is on the inside. I'm going to create my bird design. So the first thing that I'm going to want to dio is I'm going to want to make a shape. It has a curved line that gets a little bit bigger. Occurs back out. Oh, what kind of reminds me of a fish? If you could think of a different shape that you like for your bird, Go ahead Ankle for it. I put a V here. So this is going to be the bird's tail. I'm going to put some legs coming down and I'm going to give my bird a little and I'm going . Teoh decorated a little bit. And this is a nice project because with Mexican folk art, it's very colorful. And if you can think of any other designs that you'd like to put in the middle here, be my guest, Cayenne. And I'm going to make an I now to fill up the rest of the circle. I think what I'm going to do is make a moon. So that's a C followed up with another. See, And I'm going to color that in pretty dark with my white. Come on. What? That to really stand out. And then later on, maybe I'll put some stars and I haven't decided yet. Okay, the next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to follow this line right here with another line. Now, I'm not going to use a guide like I did. I use the bull for this. I'm just going to dio freehand. So I'm just going to go start going around. I'm going to go slowly, carefully, just like that. Now, on the inside here of these two circles, I think I'm going to put just some use coming down, and that will give it a little bit more detail and if you can think of something different that you'd like to put in here, I think you should do that. Now. I hope that you can see what I'm doing. I know it's kind of tricky because I'm using a white oil pastel on basically white oil pastel paper. So it's a little bit more challenging to see, but I hope that you can see we're going to be coloring all of this in. So this is basically just the outline, All right? I think I'm going to put some designs on the very outside of my circle, so I'm going to just make a series of use, but they're not going to be hooked together. I'm going to put keep a little space in between each one. So if you'd like to use a different shape or you have a different design that you'd like to use, that would be wonderful. You could use that. We'll see. I hook these together here, See that? I started out with the space here, and then I hooked them together. Probably because I'm so used to doing this. I do this a lot. And then I changed back. Okay. In artwork, you just kind of go go with it. Go with the flow. So if you do something like this no problem. It's OK. Alrighty. I think I'm finished with this part. Actually, actually, let me put these little lines here too, so I can make them his little feet, his little legs a little bit thicker. Now I think I'm done. So in your next video we'll show you how to color him up. Alright, CIA. 3. Step 2: Apply Color to Painting: Hey, friends. Welcome back. Okay, so here we have our drawing of our Mexican folk art bird, and I'm going to put some color on this beautiful piece of artwork. So I have a lot of choices here. These are the choices that I had in my kit, my oil pastel kit. So I decided to choose thes colors. I'm not sure if I'm going to use all of them, but I'm just going to kind of work as I go now. Some people, when they are creating ah, piece of artwork, they like to plan everything out, which is fine. But I think what I'm going to do is I'm just going to go step by step. And what I will dio is I'll start out and I will give you some tips and some tricks. And then I will speed up the video. You can either watch me finish up my painting. They call it a painting. Some people call it a drawing. You can watch that as I do, since speed applying of the oil pastel, or you can go ahead and start your own. So basically, what I'm going to do is I'm going to fill in my beautiful piece of artwork with color. And then at the end, I am going to outline everything with this black. Okay, so I'm not going to at least I'm not going to use black until the very, very end you can use as many or as few colors issued like yours is not going to look exactly like my But that is actually a really, really good thing now with oil pastels, Sometimes you might just see me rubbing things in. And that's just because with oil pastels, as I've said before, you can kind of smear them around. And that's one of the really neat things that you can do with oil pastels. They're very plentiful, right? So I'm going to get started. I think what I'm going to do is start out with my bird because it's on the inside and I'm going to clinical out. Okay? I already know I want my sky to be this purple color, and I might even add ah, little bit of blue to that. But for right now, I'm just going to start out with my bird, and I think I'd like my bird to be really bright colors. on thinking red orange in yellow for my Gert. So I'm going to get started on that. And I think I'm going to start out with the red and notice that I'm going along. That the line that I've already made the outline And instead of using the side of the oil pastel as I've showed you how to do before I die, I want this to be super duper bright. So I'm using it very firmly, impressing down pretty hard, and I am going to be actually using the tip. Okay, I just kind of like you do agree on somebody to fill that in, and I'm going to speed up this video, and, uh, I'll see. - All right, friends, I'm finished with the coloring part. What do you think? I really like the way that this has turned out. I wanted to mention a couple of things. Oil, pastels, air, very messy. That's one of the wonderful things about them. And, um, yeah, if if you like to get messy than this is a project for you. What I did is I just used a bunch of colors that I thought would look great on this piece of artwork. Uh, this is Mexican folk art. So, um, that type of art, it tends to use a lot of bright colors, a lot of bright colors. So what I also decided to do is I decided to mix my colors a little bit. So I started out with orange here on this part of the project. And then I added a little bit of red and then for the outside out here along the edges, I used to blue, and then I went over it with a purple. I think that looks really nice. And with oil pastels, it's really easy to do layering so you could have different colors. And what I like about it, too, is a little bit of the black is showing through. That's it makes it look so cool. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to take my black marker. I'm sorry. Not a marker black oil pastel. And I am going to start making an outline with my black oil pastel. - Okay . What do you think? I think he looks great. So I hope you like this project and I hope you come back for more. Let me know what you think. Yeah. Talk to you later. Bye.