Painting for Kids: Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Sea Otter | Em Winn | Skillshare

Painting for Kids: Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Sea Otter

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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

    • 2. Step 1: Draw an Otter

    • 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Otter


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 Sea Otter Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 5+.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw an Otter
  • Step 2: Paint the Otter 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!


1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be creating this cute sea otter, and I wanted to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need to be successful in this project. The first thing that you'll need is paper. I'm using a watercolor paper here. It's a thick paper that holds water color and watercolor paints very well. If you do not have watercolor paper, that's okay. Just get any thick paper. You'll also need some watercolor paints. I like this type of a set because it has a lot of different color choices. You'll also need some water. Clean and clear. Water is important, and you'll also need a paintbrush. We're going to use oil pastels or crayons, so this is what oil pastels look like. You'll also need a paper plate toe. Hold some salt that we're going to use to Sprinkle around our otter. You'll also need some salt. I just use regular table salt, but any salt that you have will be fine. And then we need a handy dandy paper towel because you might have spills or messes, or you might wanna dab a little bit of your paint if it gets to be a little bit too heavy or too wet, and the last thing that you'll need is a mat underneath your painting to protect your paint area so it doesn't get paint on your furniture or your floor or your carpeting. So I'm looking forward to teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw an Otter: already friends. So what we're going to do now is we're going to start with Step one in drawing our cute little otter. So I'm going to use some oil pastels and you're welcome to use oil pastels. If you don't have oil pastels, you can use grants. They will work. Justus. Well, I'm going to put these things aside, going to put my water aside in my paints. And then I'm going to get started with choosing my colors. I think I'm going to use Brown for my actual otter. And then I will use black for the features in his face. I will use pink for the shell, and then I will use some white for the background for a few little currents and waves. So let's get started. The first thing that you want to dio is you want to make a circle for the otters head, so I'm going to go ahead and make a large circle, and then what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to make some very small years and those air just upside down use now attached to his head. I'm going to make a body for my daughter just with two curved lines like this and then down at the bottom here, I'm going to make some legs and feet. Let me show you how I'm going to do that. So I'm going to come down and then I'm going to come over and then I'm going to come up with an upside down B and then I'll create a couple of little toes down here underneath these legs. I'm going to make a V, and that's going to be the tale of my little water. You know, I'm going to go back up to his body and I'm going to make some arms. So his arms are just sideways, letter used and then in his arms. He's going to be holding a small shell. So I'm going to use my pink for that, and I'm just going to make a line and then come in a little bit with the line, and then I'm going to come out like this and go up and down and up and down, and that's going to be my shell. Put a bit, a little bit of detail. Those are just some lines for my shell. Now I'm going to go back to my brown, and I'm going to make a little bit more detail circle on his tummy, just like that. All right, I think I'm finished with my brown. Now I'm going to switch with my black, so I'm going to make his features of his face with the black. So I'm going to make to circles that are filled in for his eyes, too. Small eyebrows and then a nose, which is a little bit of a triangle, and then a little smile backwards. J in a forwards J. I'm going to make a couple of cute little whiskers, just a two curved lines on each side. And there we go. There's our daughter now for the background. I am going to have him floating in the ocean, so I'm going to take my white oil pastel, and I am going to just make some shapes, some lines that are just kind of like curlicue lines. Luke Dulue blinds. You can make wavy lines. You could make circles anything that you'd like to show movement in the water. So it's hard for you to see this part because my white oil pastel is on the white paper. But once I add some colored watercolor paints. You will be able to see how they stand out. Okay, I think I'm about done. Maybe one more right here. Okay. So I think that that's it for the oil pastel part of our project. I will be back in a moment for step to. And that will be the painting part. See, in a minute. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Otter: already friends. So I'm back. This is part two of our project, and what I'm going to do is I'm just going to apply some watercolor paints onto our piece of paper, and I think I'm going to paint my daughter Brown. I'm going to paint this cute shell, maybe like an orange, And then I think I'll paint the background a combination of blue and purple. So the first thing that we need to dio is we need to prepare our watercolor paints by putting a small drop of water inside each pan. What that does is it softens the watercolor paints and it gets them ready to apply to your piece of paper. So I'm just putting a small dot in there. And then what I'm going to Dio is, Wait about a minute, and that should soften up those paints and then we will get started. All right, so the first thing that we're going to dio is we are going to choose a brown. At least that's what I'm going to dio. If you choose a different color, that's okay. This is your artwork. So if you want to make a let's see a green or a purple otter. Go ahead and do that. That would be fine. There's a little bit of oil pastel on my piece of paper that I will get off in a little bit if you can see that there's these little bits of oil pastel. But I'm going to wait until it's dry before I get those off. So I'm just going to be painting this little guy. And I just keep going until I'm happy with the way that my painting looks at a little bit more water here. And I want to remember to paint that tale. And then I'm going to go back up here and paint that years because I forgot to paint that part now for this part of his tummy. I'd like it to be a little bit lighter, so I'm just going to add a very small amount of brown. Push that around just like that. So it's a little bit lighter than the rest of his body going to move on to the shell, which I'm going to paint orange. Oh, I love pink and orange together. That's such a good combination. Here we go all right. The next step is I am going to paint the ocean that he's going to be floating on. And I'm going to do that. Accommodation of blue and purple. So watch what happens when I go over these little swirlies that I made with the white oil pastel. They will be able to pop out. They you will be able to see them. Because what happens is the oil pastel is down on the piece of paper will resist the paint . It will not allow the paint to go through to the paper. So what will stay white? So I'm going to start with my blue. I love that color blue That so? Pardon me. See how you can see how those curly and swirlies air standing out, but more down here. Bring it on down. I'm going to speed up the video while I do this part and I'll be right back in a moment. Alrighty, friends. How cute is my little guy? I'm really happy with him. I hope you enjoyed this lesson so far. What I'm going to do next is I'm going to take a little bit of my salt, my table salt And while my paint is still wet, have just a pinch on there while my paint is still wet. What I'm going to do is I'm going to Sprinkle the salt all around on my piece of paper where my water is. And what that will do is it will soak up a little bit of the water and it'll create this really cool effect. I'm not sure if you conceive this on the video, but what it does is it creates these little docks that actually look a little bit white like water. So that's what I'm going to do all the way around after this dries completely than what I do is I take this salt over to the garbage can and then I dump it into the garbage can, and then you will see the cool effect on your piece of paper. So there we go. I think that's just about right. Remember, your paint has to be wet for this salt effect to work. Okay, Another thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to pick off these little bits of black oil pastel, and, um then my painting will be finished. So I'll be right back after this drives and I'll show you the finished product already. Friends, I back and I picked off the little bits of black oil. Pastel. There's one more thing that I'd like to dio. I'd like to take a little bit of this color off of this area down here in this area down here. So the way that I can do that is I can soak up that paint just a little bit with a paper towel. See what I did? I touched it with the paper towel and it soaked up a little bit of the paint. So that's up to you. If you have a puddle of paint that you'd like to soak up a little bit, you can go ahead and do that. That's just one way to soak up the paint just a little bit. I do that sometimes. Not very often, but see what happens. It gets soaked up onto the paper towel. So I hope you enjoy this lesson and I look forward to seeing you next time by