Painting a Desert Landscape with Acrylic Paints: Techniques for Children and Beginners | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Painting a Desert Landscape with Acrylic Paints: Techniques for Children and Beginners

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Desert Landscape Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Outline Desert Landscape

    • 3. Step 2: Paint Desert Landscape

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About This Class

Are you searching for a fun and unique painting project for your child? 

Are you looking for an art project that will ensure artistic success and confidence?

Are you seeking an experienced art teacher to guide your child into the wonderful world of acrylic painting?

This Desert Landscape Painting Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 8-12 years old. By following along with me, step-by-step, your child will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint Outline
  • Step 2: Paint Landscape Artwork

The process used to teach this project is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight your child into painting action! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the desired outcome.

Students will learn basic acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Desert Landscape Painting Project is designed to give 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 the creative fun begin!

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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 Landscape Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you today? I hope you're having a great day. I have a fun project planned for us today. This is it, right here we have and reminds me of a desert sand building. Some houses of palm trees and sunshine looking good and looking cool. So this is an example that I made. We can do something different. You could do something that's very similar to this. You can use different colors. I'm just going to give you the basics. And then what you're going to do is take off with that and make your own creation. So take a look at, um, the components of this painting. We have a son. We have some trees. We have some buildings. It's basically a landscape scene, so it's a little bit crazy. It's some kind of topsy turvy, and that's what makes it fun. 2. Step 1: Outline Desert Landscape: So let me talk about the materials that you will need for this class, and I'm going to put this aside right now. The first thing you will need isn't paper. This is some acrylic paper designed specifically for acrylic paints, which will, which is what we will be using today. You do not need to have acrylic paper if you don't have it. If you want to use a campus or you want to use regular watercolor paper as long as it's thick, it will be fine. We also need some acrylic paints. I like to use thes paints in the little bottles because they're inexpensive and they come in a variety of different colors. We're going to use whatever colors you have available. I tend to like to these really bright colors, but the color that you really, really do need, however, is the color black. And that is for the outline of in the painting. So you will need black and then with whatever else you other colors that you want to use. You can just fill in so that we will need the black. I also like to mix it up with the white, a little bit, and if you'd like to do that, I will show you how to do that as well. Another thing you will need is a palate and I for my palate. I like to use a paper plate for a quick and easy cleanup, so I put my pants right on here. You will also need a pencil with any racer. The nice thing about acrylic painting is you can draw on it or you can draw in your paper, and you can erase it. You can cover it up with with acrylic paint, so that's the nice thing about acrylic paint. You will also need a couple of paint brushes. I use this for the lining that the black part, the part words outlined like this. I like to use a smaller brush and then to fill in the paint with the colors I like to use. It's not a huge brush, but it's a little bit larger than that outlining paintbrush. Okay, we also need some water, some clean water to rinse our brushes out when we want to switch colors and also paper towels come in real handy when you have spills or you want to wipe your drop your brush dry after it's been cleaned off in the water. So, um yeah, let's get started. Okay, So the first thing that we're going to do is use our pencil to create some guidelines for our black paint. So basically, I'm going to create this scene, recreate the scene on my new piece of paper with my pencil, so let me show you what I'm going to do. And if you'd like to do something similar, I would love that. Okay, So we're going to start in the middle of our paper, and we're going to make two curved lines, one right underneath the other, just like that. Now, up here in the corner, we're going to make another curved line and then and even Kurt, your light above that. That's going to be our son coming out from our son. We're going to make some straight lines. You will make one more now. Right here on top of the first front line. I'm going to make a building. So straight line, straight line, and this is going to have a dome roof. So we're going to have flat straight line here and then come right up to the middle and go above curly line and then down currently line and then down. And then I'd like to put a little bit of detail inside of there. They will put sure three curved lions, I think. Three. Let's put a window in there and adore maybe a smaller door on the inside that get that'll. Give it a little bit more detail right here in the middle. I'm going to put a palm tree and let me show you how I make a home tree. There are different ways to make palm trees, so if you have a different way, go for it. So we have kind of a straight line, but it's a little bit curved, just a tiny bit car and then come out. Go in that down. Oh, down. I usually like to make about five of those palm fronds, and then over here I think I want to put a little something some going to put a small building, just a dome shaped building with the window in it. Maybe I'll put windowpanes in there as well. Okay, now I have a big space here at the bottom, so I'm going to put some some detail. So I think what I'll do is I will make another little hill down here with two lines and then I'll put a building right here. So I'm going to put straight line a straight line line over line over and then an arch inside of here. I think I'm going to put us circle with a smaller circle inside. And then let's make some doors inside of an archway. I like it. Okay, I have a big space right here. You don't men want to make it too cluttered, but I think I'm going to put another poultry. So, uh, this one's going to have a little bit more of a curve to it. I don't know if you've ever seen a palm tree in real life, but they sometimes are kind of curved or Slade. This one's pretty big, too. So spiky palm fronds just like that. I like it. It's very simple, but I'm going to add a lot of color to it. Okay, so the next thing that I'm going to dio is I'm going to do some painting and I'm going to use my black paint. So here's my palate. Here's the brush I'm going to use. I think we just start out with a small amount of paid on my palette, and I'm just carefully going to paint right over my lines. Okay, if my paintbrush gets a little bit goopy with a whole bunch of pain on it, I'm going to use my handy dandy paper towel to wipe it clean. And then I can start over again. All right, cause sometimes if you're painting a lot, it gets goopy Now. One tip that I like to tell kids about when I'm teaching them with when you're using these acrylic paints is if you start down here, then your hand doesn't have a place to rest, and you have to kind of go like this. And so it's It's hard, it's it's difficult to to paint in this area. If you have already painted here, you have to kind of be awkward and paint like this. So what I always suggest to kids is that they start at the top and then they kind of go down. They started the top and they go down with their pain t and that way your hand has a place to rest without having paint on it. So I'm going to start here close to the top. Oh, look what happened? I ran out of paint. So what I dio is I just read it and then I move on. Now, as you can see, my paint line did not line up with my pencil light, and I'm glad that that happened. So what I'm going to Dio is after this black paint dries, I'm just going to erase that. No problem. No problem at all. So I'm going, Teoh work on my son now and then I'm going to work on the sun rays. And then I think what I'm going to do is I'm going to speed up this painting so that you can watch me and then you can do your own. You could do one similar to mine, or you can come up with something totally different. It is up to you. Okay, so I'll see you in just a minute. All right, friends. Welcome back. How does it look? I think it looks pretty cool. So what you'll want to do is you want to finish up your outline, and then what we need to do is we need to make sure that the black outline is completely dry before we begin our other painting before we begin filling in thes spaces with color. So if you take a look at this, you'll see that the black didn't seep into other areas. That's because I made sure that the black paint was completely dry before I started painting with the other colors. So I'm going to let this dry and I will be back as soon as it's dried. And then we will continue painting. I hope you're having fun with this project. I'm having so much fun teaching you see in a mini by. 3. Step 2: Paint Desert Landscape: Okay, friends, I'm back. My outline is all dry and I'm going to start painting. One thing that I did want to say is that I like the look where you can go over the black line just a little bit, that I really like that. So I'm not very careful when it comes to going over the lines. I just let it happen, if that's what's going to happen. Also, I like to use a lot of white. So what I do when I'm using white is I dip my paintbrush into a color and then I dip it in white, and then I put it on my paper. And if you watch me page, you will see that I do this quite a bit. It sometimes I mix colors like these two colors right here. I put them right next to each other because I wanted to make sure that I could mix them a little bit up for the sun. So just if you want to take a minute to watch me paid, I'm going to speed up the process so you can watch me paint quickly and then, yeah, you can do what you want to do as faras colors go. So let's have some fun. I'll see you in a few minutes. All right, friends. I'm finished, and I really like the way that this turned out. It's a little bit different. It's a little bit brighter than my other example, which is right here. So they're both different. They're each different, but that's a good thing in art. That is a good day. So I hope you enjoyed this lesson. I hope you have fun with it, and you can take what you learned in this lesson, and you can apply it to other artworks that you could do on your own, so I'll see you later by.