Painting for Kids: Learn to Paint a Scruffy Cat with Acrylic Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Painting for Kids: Learn to Paint a Scruffy Cat with Acrylic Paints

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Crazy Cat Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Paint Background

    • 3. Step 2: Paint Cat

    • 4. Step 3: Details onto Cat

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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 Scruffy Cat Acrylic 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 three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint Background
  • Step 2: Paint Cat onto Background
  • Step 3: Paint Details onto Cat Painting

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 Scruffy Cat Acrylic 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. Crazy Cat Introduction : Hey, friends, How are you today? I hope you're having a good day. Look at what we get to create today. A crazy cat with some crazy for he almost looks like he's dancing. Maybe you could even make up a story for your cat after you're finished with this project. 2. Step 1: Paint Background: So let's take a look at what we will need for this project. You're going to need some black acrylic paint, white acrylic paint pink and then a background. You can choose any colors that you'd like, but they have to be light. And let me tell you why. Because the cat needs to really stand out. So if you have light colors in the back, then the cat will really pop out off of your paper. So let me show you what we will be meeting. As far as supplies and materials go for this lesson, you will need a piece of paper. I like to use acrylic paper because it's nice and sturdy and made for acrylic paints. If you do not have acrylic paper, that's okay. Just use it the heaviest paper that you can find. You will also need some acrylic paints. I like to use thes little bottles because they are inexpensive in the come in a variety of different colors. So for the cat, you will need black acrylic paint, and you will need pink for hiss, Hawes and his nose in his ears. And if you don't have pink, that's OK. You can use either red or orange. That would be fine as well. You'll also need some white, which we have right here for the background. I am going to choose to use these two colors right here, mixed together with a little bit of white. And like I said, the colors that you choose should be lighter. You do not have to choose these exact colors, and if you want to lighten up a color, all you need to do is add a little bit of white to it, so you can try that out. Also, what you're going to need is a paper plate to use as a palate. That way you can put your paints on. You will need two sizes of paint brush. You will need a larger size for the background so you can get that done quickly, and then you'll need a smaller size for the details for the eyes and the nose in the pause in the ears. And then you will also need a fork. And I know that's kind of a crazy thing to use an art, but people use crazy things for art all the time, So if you take a look at these lines coming out of the caps for those air created with a fork. So basically, what I did is I pulled the paint out of the that the paint that I already painted and I pulled it out just like this. It dried pretty quickly. So what I had to also do is dip my fork into some black paint and pull it out like this all the way around my cat. So you will need a fork. You will also need some some clean water. Now, we're not going to use water to mix our paints today, but it is nice to have water. So if you need to clean out a paintbrush, you can clean it in the water and then you also need a paper towel or Iraq to dry your paint brush so you can move on to use the next color. Okay, so let's get started. Okay, So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to pay the background. The background has to be painted first before we can start painting the cat and the background has to be dry before we start painting the cat as well. So let me show you what we're going to do with that. Take your palate your paper plate, and put a small amount of the paints that you'd like to use can use any colors that you like. I would suggest using light colors or mixing with white. So I'm going to just pour my three colors out here like this. And I'm going to work very, very quickly going to work quickly because I want my colors to blend in with each other. And I also should say, underneath my piece of paper, I have a really cool and big piece of paper that I use underneath, so that paper does not. I'm sorry. So the paint does not get on my table, so you might want to consider that as well. So I want to cover my whole entire paper. Look at how fast I'm working and I'm mixing my colors together. So I have purple and I have my blue and this goes very quickly. I'm even going to put a little bit of white in there, and I want to make sure that my whole entire piece of paper is filled with color. Look at that. I'm almost halfway done. And I'm not going to go over the same area over and over and over again. Let me tell you why. Because I want to make sure that I can see the differences between the purple and the blue . And if I just keep going over and over and over, they all blend together. And it will just be one color, one massive color. And that's not what I'm looking for for this project. So I just keep it moving with my wife, my light blue and my purple, and it dries fairly quickly. If you spread the paint out fairly well, a little bit more white down the middle. Look at that. You must be painter. All right, So what we're gonna do now is we're gonna leave that alone. We're gonna let that dry, and then I'll be back to see you in just a couple minutes. 3. Step 2: Paint Cat: Hey, friends, I'm back. So we have our paper here. It is totally dry. And now what we're going to do is we are going to put our kitty cat on our piece of paper. How are we going to do that? We're going to use our large brush that I rinsed out and we're going to dip it in some black paint. We're going to make a quick outline of a cat, and then we're going to pull the paint out and add some more for the for. Okay. So let me show you how we're going to do that. Remember I was talking to you about rinsing out a brush. I'm rinsing that brush out. I'm going to dry it off with my paper towel. So it's pretty dry, and I never wanted Er er scrub it like this because we want to make sure that the bristles stay nice and intact. So I am just very, very careful when I squeeze the water out of my brushes because I want them to stay nice. Okay, so now we need Teoh. Add some black paint to repel it. There we go. Quite a bit. Movie about that much because we want to get enough for the for as well so we could dip the fork in. Wow, lots of paint. Look at all that. The good thing about acrylic is it's really easy to clean off your hands. Hard to clean up close, but easy to clean off hands. No problem. You have to expect to get a little bit messy when you are creating. That's That's part of the fun of it, actually. Okay, so let's take one more look at our cat. So he has a head, He has a body. He has some arms in hands and legs and feet and a tail and some ears. I'm going to do a cool cat, load my pain on their and I'm not even going to draw him out with a pencil or anything. I am just going to make a rough shape of a body, and the reason why is because he's going to be so crazy. That doesn't really matter what he looks like underneath his ears, just some general triangles for his ears. So basically a soft square, some triangles for his ears and then for his body, kind of like a square shape is. Well, maybe a little bit of a triangle, maybe a little bit smaller up at the top and then for his our arms coming out like this with some little circles at the end for hiss hands, Same on the side and then for his legs. If you want him dancing, you could make him some really crazy way. Looks funny. It is up to you. Make your cat however you like, and then for his tail. You know, just make a short tail right here. Okay? So there's your general cat. Now I'm going to put this brush into my water so that it can rinse out. I'm going to need a little bit more paint, It looks like because I want to make sure that I can have my cat look really crazy with his crazy for So I'm first going to scratch the inside of my cat, his body, and I'm going to scratch. See if I can pull any paint out and I'm going to go over and over just like this. Well, he looks crazy already. Crazier, the better. Let me move this over a little. Am I being super careful? You know, not being super careful because this is a crazy cat. Okay, so that looks pretty good, but I think we could make him look even better. So here's the one that I just did. Let me show you in comparison with this one. So this one has a lot more craziness coming out of this for so I want to do that. So I'm going to dip my fork into my paint, going to started his body and pull the pain out like this depth and poll dip and pull all the way around. You sometimes need to defer it a couple times and pull it a couple times all the way around , even more than once in all different directions, because we want to make him look really hairy. See, I'm going all around his body a way around. I'm hoping you're having fun with this project. No crime. Almost done, E. I think that I think that's it. I think I'm really happy with him. He's really crazy. Okay, so let's take a look at this one, and let's take a look at this one. They're totally different, but there are both really cool. I'm really happy with both our your is going to look like mine. Absolutely not. In that is a good thing. You have to keep that in mind. So I'm going to let this guy dry after I let him dry completely. Then what I'm going to dio is I'm going to paint his little paws, his ears, his eyes in his little nose area. Okay, but we need to let him dry. So that are the paint that we put on doesn't smear everywhere. All right, so I'll see in a minute. 4. Step 3: Details onto Cat : Hey, friends, I'm back. And my cat Well, he's taking a while to dry, if you can see, I'm not sure if you could see on the video, but there are some places where the paint is a little bit thicker. So it's taking a while to dry. I don't want to touch it. I don't want to do anything with it. But I do want to start on my detail work so I can show you exactly what to do. So let me show you again. My example. We're going to start out with the white, too white dots for the eyes and then an upside down White Hart four the mouth area, the mouth and nose area. And then we're going to put pink peak for the ears pick knows, and then some pink paths for the little feet. Okay, Now we're going to start out with a white, and I wanted to show you a really cool trick that I learned from my art teacher how to make really nice round circles. So to make a nice round circle, you don't use the end of the brush with the bristles. You use the bottom part of the brush and what you dio is you stick your bottom part of your brush in your paint in you pushing around a little, make sure there's a lot of pain on there, and then you figure out where your eyes going to be a new cool like that and somehow it turns into a perfect circle, perfect circle. And that is one of the best tricks that I have learned. So I wanted to share that with you. So all you do is you dep. Any of circling around you definitely circle it around. I'm going to give that a couple of minutes to dry while I'm working on other stuff, and then we're going to put a pupil. That's the black part in the very center. But we're not going to do that until this drives just a little bit. Okay, so I'm gonna take my handy dandy paper tell, and I'm going to clean off the end there, and then we're going to start with some more detail work. Here's my smaller brush. I'm going to dip it into my white paint, and I'm going to make an upside down heart. Now. If you want to make a different shape like some people just make an oval like this. That's fine. If you have a different way that you'd like to make the cat's mouth and nose area. No problem. This is your artwork. So you should do exactly what you want. I just I'm giving you some ideas on what you can dio. Okay, so I have the little upside down heart and then inside that I'm going to put a little pink nose and a little black mouth so I'll do that in just a moment. So I'm going to wash my brush out and then dry it off with my paper towel, and then I'm going to pour some pink paint. I like to shake it up first. And remember, if you don't have pink, that's OK. You can use red or orange any color that you'd like you could use, dip that in and then just make some little lines like this just like that. If you want a little bit more color on there, go like this, okay? And then black is kind of showing through there. There we go. Sometimes if you wait for it to dry and they put another coat on. That's a good idea to now for Hiss pats. I'm going to do the same thing. I'm going to use the bottom of my paper. I'm sorry. The bottom of my paintbrush. Find out where I want his toes to go. Dip, dip, dip, paint, paint, paint. I love it. So I think one time I was going to go there. When? Here. When? Here. One here or his nose? We'll use this technique to Here we go. How does that look now? The last thing we're going to do is we're going to put his pupil in and his little mouth. So I have pink pain on here. I'm going to rinse that off. He is my paper towel. You have to be very careful with this part, because if your paintbrushes a little bit bigger, like mine, it's gonna tricky if you have to press very lightly. Oh, perfect. Now rinse that again. And for his eyeballs, his pupils. I'm going to use the back of this brush again. Now. His eyes are still pretty wet. So let's see how this works. Let's see how this works. I might have to let it dry a little bit more. Oh, nice. Oh, it worked. I am so happy right now. Okay, so let's take a look at this guy. He looks really cool and crazy, and I'm happy with him. And I hope you're happy with yours is Well, let's take a look at my other one. So they're almost twins. I don't know if you can see this one. It's might not. It might be out of your view. Okay, So the same. The same artists created this one and this one, but they're totally different. And that's the good thing about art. So I hope to see you in the next project. Thank you for being here, and I'll see you later. Bye.