Painting for Kids and Beginners: Draw & Paint a Floral Still Life With Tempera or Acrylic Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

Painting for Kids and Beginners: Draw & Paint a Floral Still Life With Tempera or Acrylic Paints

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Painting for Kids and Beginners: Draw & Paint a Floral Still Life With Tempera or Acrylic Paints

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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4 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need

    • 2. Step 1: Draw Flowers

    • 3. Step 2: Outline the Design

    • 4. Step 3: Paint the Design

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About This Class

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

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher guiding your child through the creative process?

This Impressionistic Floral Still Life painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for first-time painters and children ages 8+. By following along with me, step-by-step, the beginner artist 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: Draw the Floral Design
  • Step 2: Outline the Design With Black Paint
  • Step 3: Paint the Design

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

Students will learn basic tempera and acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Impressionistic Floral Still Life painting project is designed to give beginners the skills 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. Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need: Hi friends, how are you? I hope you're having a really good day today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a drawing and painting project that was designed especially for kids. You do not have to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project, I will take you step-by-step through the whole process. So you will feel comfortable at all times. This is a project that was inspired by Bear tomorrow, so and she loved to paint the impressionistic style. I'd like to go for the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of thick white paper. So if you have a watercolor paper or a thick construction paper, that'll be perfect. You'll also need some paint brushes, a paintbrush or two. And the flat paint precious work the best if you have those available. If you don't just use what you have, you will need a pencil with an eraser, and you will need a paper towel and a pallet to put your paints on. You'll also need some paint for this project. I used tempera paints for this project. You can use acrylic paints or poster paints as well. I use the colors white, black, green, blue, yellow, red, and orange. But you do not need to use all of these same colors. The only colors that I would suggest that you do have would be black. In that is for the outline and white to add a little bit of highlight to certain areas. But even if you don't have those colors, It's okay. I would suggest using a darker color for the outline now makes things really stand out. So go ahead and gather all of your supplies and materials, and we'll see you back here in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw Flowers: In this step, we are going to draw an outline. Our flowers that are inspired by our January artist of the month, bear tumor cell. So what we're going to do is we're going to start out by drawing with a pencil. I'm going to press pretty hard with my pencil, but I would like for you to challenge yourself not to press too hard on your piece of paper. Let me tell you why. I'm going to press hard because I want you to be able to see on the video what I'm doing when you are drawing, make sure that you don't press down too hard with your pencil. Because if you do need to do a little bit of erasing, then it'll be easier for you to erase your pencil lines if you don't press too hard, okay? Alright, so the first thing that we're going to do is we are going to draw on the top half of our piece of paper some circles. And the circles are going to represent flowers. Now my circles aren't going to be very small, but they're not going to be giant. I would call them large and medium circles. So I'm just going to place some circles, maybe five or six or seven circles on my piece of paper. Figure one here. Maybe I'll even make one down here. So go ahead and do that. Draw some circles, take your time and making your circle so you can do your best work. After you're finished drawing your circles with your pencil, we're going to add some leaves. So any space that you see that you'd like to put a leaf, go ahead and do that in my leaves are going to go, they're going to be pretty big. And they're going to be just two curved lines together, like this. One curved line and another curved line. If there's another way that you like to make leaves, go ahead and make the leaves the way that you want to. This is your art work. So you're going to make the artwork your own and you're going to make it the way that you want to make it. Alright, so I'm just kinda filling up my spaces with some leaves. Sometimes my leaves go off of the piece of paper and not so K. Put one more right here. All right, now that I'm finished with my leaves, the next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to make my vase. My vase is going to be towards the bottom of my piece of paper. And I'm going to keep in mind that some of my flowers and some of my leaves might be covering my vase. It's going to look like my vase is underneath the flowers and the leaves. So I'm going to keep that in mind and I'm going to just start drawing my vase. You can draw whatever shape they see you'd like to, but keep in mind, the vase needs to be large enough to hold this big bouquet of flowers. Okay? So I'm going to make a shape that's more rounded. So I think I'm going to come down here like this. All right, now I have some space here that I'm going to close up my vase. Do you see how I did that? So here's my the bottom part of my vase. And I have some lines up here. So it looks like this is the top part of my base. Now I'm noticing right here, it's a little bit crooked. So I can either say, I kinda like that because it looks a little bit different, or if you want to do some erasing, you can do that as well. Okay. I'm going to keep it like this, even though I didn't intend for it to look like this. I tend to like things that are a little bit different. I think it's cool when things are different. So I'm going to leave my vase like this. But if there's anything that you see that you'd like to erase, then go ahead and do that. All right, the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to put a small dot inside each of our round circles, our flowers. And this is just going to remind us that we're going to put some paint here. Otherwise we might forget. Alright, so I put a dot in the center of each circle that represents a flower. The last thing that we're going to do is we're going to have our vase sitting on a table. So you can either have a more round table in which you'd make a curved line like this. Remember you jump over the vase and come out with a curved line at the, at the other side. Or you can make a straight line for more of a square or a rectangle table, I'm going to make a straight line here, jump over my base and come out the other side. See how that looks. It looks like my vase is sitting on my table. Already friends. So that's it for our drawing portion with our pencil. In the next step, what we're going to do is we're going to come back and we are going to apply some black paint with our paintbrush to our drawing. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. 3. Step 2: Outline the Design: In this step, we are going to apply our black paint with our paintbrush to our pencil lines. So if there's any erasing that you need to do, please do that before you start adding the black paint. I would suggest starting at the top of your piece of paper and add your black paint starting at the top, coming down. There is a reason for that. If you start here in the middle or towards the bottom. If you, for some reason put your hand down on your piece of paper, what we'll get onto your hand, you'll get some black paint on there and then it might spread around the page. It's not going to hurt your hand, but it might spread around your piece of paper. And so I would suggest starting at the top. When you are applying your paint to your paintbrush. You don't need to push it in really hard and rub it around like this. And because what that will do, first of all, it might hurt, it might injure your paintbrush, but it will also waste paint. So when you're using paint, just do a little dip. That's all you need. It's called loading your paintbrush. And then you're ready to start. When you're painting on your pencil lines, make sure that you go slowly and carefully and you reload your paintbrush often. All right. Reloading means you just keep dipping it into your paint. Goes slowly and carefully and cover all of those pencil lines. If you run out of paint onto, on your piece of paper, on your palate, your paper plate, or your piece of paper that you have your paint on. Make sure that you just raise your hand and then let your teacher know that you need a little bit more pate. All right, it's easier that way if you do that, then if you have a big glob of paint and then you waste it. All right, friends, what I'm going to do is I'm going to speed up this video. And you can watch me. I'm going to look like I'm painting really fast, but I'm really not. I'm painting very slowly because I want to do my best work. Notice I am not filling in those dots in the middle of my flowers and there's a reason for that. I'm going to show you after I finished with all of the other lines. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. All right, friends. I'm finished with my outlining. I still have that little dot in the middle of each circle flower. So I'm going to show you a tip. You might already know this tip because I've mentioned it before. What you can do to make a nice round circle is you can use the other end of your paintbrush. So not the end that has the bristles on it, but the other end. You dip that into your paint and you put it right there and you kinda roll it around a little bit. And it makes a really nice round circle. So I'm going to go ahead and do that. Already friends, I'm finished with making the circles in the middle. See how nice and round those are. 4. Step 3: Paint the Design: In this step, we're going to paint our buret moreso inspired artwork. So the main thing that you need to remember for this project is that fair to Marceau used a lot of white. So we wanna make sure that we use wide with every color that we're going to be using. Let me show you what I mean. So when we are applying paint to our paintbrush, instead of just using the colors straight, let's say blue straight onto our piece of paper. We're going to double load our paintbrush. Meaning we're going to put two colors onto our paintbrush, and then we are going to apply it to our piece of paper. All right, if you would like to use more than two colors, do a little bit of color mixing. That's fine. That's encouraged. But you also need to remember to use quite a bit of white. If you run out of any of your colors, just raise your hand and your teacher will come by and give you a little bit more paint. All right, so let me show you how to apply the color with your paintbrush. So I'm going to start out with green and white. So I'm going to dip my paintbrush into the wide. I'm going to load my paintbrush with white. And then I'm going to dip it into the green. And as you can see, I have green and white on my paintbrush. Then I'm going to start applying paint. I'm not going to mix it in over and over and over and over again. I'm just going to do a quick swipe. And then I'm going to move onto my next space that I'm going to paint. And the reason why is because we want to see a little bit of white in that green. And if you just keep mixing it together, it will, you won't be able to see that white. So this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to go ahead and just speed up the video. And I am going to be painting. And I'd like you to just watch the video before you start painting. It might give you some ideas, but in the end, you are going to just do whatever you want when it comes to painting, all right, You get to choose the colors and how you want to paint your artwork. Your colors might not be the same as mine. And that's a good thing because we like our artwork to be different from our neighbors and our teachers, right? That's the cool thing about art. Alright, in the end, I would also suggest, if you see a place that you feel needs a little bit more white, go ahead and just add a little bit of straight white. Let me show you what I mean. So I think I'm finished with my green. I'm going to kinda squeeze the green. There's going to be a little bit of green still on here, but that's okay. Most of it is on my paper towel. Now I want to maybe add a little bit more white to my flowers so I get a little bit of why in I just add a little bit more. Do you see how I did that? So if there are areas on your piece of paper that you would like to add just a little bit more white. You can go ahead and do that. All right. I'm going to wipe that off and I'm going to get started on some different colors so you can keep watching me. And it'll be a short video because I'm going to speed it up. I'll see you back here in just a minute. The life insurance industry. Already. I'm back and I'm finished with my painting. Now it's your turn to start your painting. I want you to notice something that I did with my painting. I didn't worry too much about trying to stay off of my black lines. If you go on your black lines a little bit, that's okay. Remember, bear to Morisot was an impressionist artwork, so she wasn't really that careful about staying within the lines. So I hope that you enjoyed this project. I'll see you next time.