Painting with Kids and Beginners: Create a Landscape Painting with Acrylic Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Painting with Kids and Beginners: Create a Landscape Painting with Acrylic Paints

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

3 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Acrylic Landscape Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Paint Landscape Painting

    • 3. Step 2: Paint Detail on Landscape Painting

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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 Acrylic 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 Acrylic 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. Acrylic Landscape Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you today? I hope you're having a good day. I think your days just about to get better because we're going to dio a really fun project today. This is a landscape and it has some hills and some patterns and a sunset or sunrise and some clouds in the sky. I would love to see something like this in real life. Bet we usually don't see these colors in a landscape, so let's have some fun with this. You can use whatever colors that you'd like to use. Whatever colors you have on hand, I tend to like to use bright colors, so that's what I'm going to be using today. 2. Step 1: Paint Landscape Painting: Let's take a look at this really quickly. It looks like we have Three Hills, one to that one's tucked into the back and then three. And then we have a son and we have us guy with some clouds. We have a bunch of patterns. We have some patterns on each one of our little patches of land. It looks like people are growing different things on these little plots of land. And we also have some sheep over here. So start thinking about some patterns that you'd like to use on your little plots of land. Let's go over the supplies and materials that you will need for this. This class, the first thing that you will need is paper. I use a special paper that is perfect for acrylic paints, acrylic paints or a little bit heavier than water colors, so it needs a little bit of a heavier paper. Any paper will do, though, so just make sure that you have a heavy paper and you will be just fine. He will also need some acrylic paints. I have a variety here of different colors because I want to have that right landscape, so whatever colors you choose and people like to use softer colors or more of primary colors. So it is really up to you and what you like in what you have available to you. So we're not going to be using a lot of black. But we are going to be using a little bit. Let me show you right here. If you choose to put sheep on one of your plots of land, then you will need a little bit of black. OK, so we will need paper. We will need acrylic paints. We will also need to sizes of paintbrushes. We need this one right here. This is the one that we're going to need for the actual patterns, the detail work. And this is the one that we need for everything else. So them for the background in this in China. And this guy Okay, we will also need at pencil with an eraser. The nice thing about acrylic paint is that you can erase if you if you draw something and you make a mistake and you want to raise that you can do that with acrylic paint. Works out just fine. You will need a paper plate or some sort of a palette for your paints. You will also need a paper towel to dry your paint. Brush off if you need to rinse it, and a cup horrible of water, clean water. And we're not going to use that to mix our paints together. But if you have some paint, let's say you're using some orange in yellow paint and you want to switch to purple. What you would dio is you would rinse your paper out and then you would dry it off with the paper towel. Makes it really easy and handed. Just just keep one of those right next to you. So let's get started on are really beautiful. Landscape will just see you in a mini All right friends. So here we go. We're going to start our project. As you can see, we have three hills, as I mentioned before, a son and a sky. So what we're going to do first is we are going to draw that out on our piece of paper. So our first hill we'll start maybe about an inch from the bottom. It'll go up and it will come down. I hope you can see that pencil line. I'm going to go over it again so you can definitely see it. Now back here, I'm going to create another hill. And then over here, I'm going to create another hill. Now, behind these two hills, I am going to make a son. I love sunsets, so I am gonna have a sunset to suppose to a sunrise now, inside each one of these little hills were going to make some plots of land so different people will be growing different things on these lands. Like some might be growing flowers, crops in one section. I'd like to put some sheep, so let's see, Let's cut this into half. Like, but And maybe we can have a plot of land here, like this one. Here, cut this one up a little bit. Yours might not look exactly the same as mine. And that's a OK. Just do what you think. Looks good. Going to keep that one hole, I think. Okay. I like the way that that looks so basically. That's all that we're going to dio for our pencil work. So let me put that down. I've already poured out my paints. You can see I don't have a whole lot of individual paints on here because I I want I want to kind of conserve them if I can. So I just pour out small dots, and if I need more, I can always get more. So I poured those out and we're going to start with our painting. I'm going to paint with a medium sized brush. And what I'm going to do is I'm going to make sure that I have that I cover up these these pencil lines with my paint. OK, so this is dry, dried it off, and I'm going to start with my sky. And I am going to put a little bit of white in my sky. Person Big, white, puffy clouds. So I'm going to go right along the edge of that pencil, and I'm going to cover right up so we can't see it. The knee thing about acrylic paints is there pretty sick. And they will cover up a lot of stuff very well, including pencil marks. So I'm going to cover those, uh and I. I like it when the sky looks like it has some wispy clouds in it, so I'm going to make sure that I do get some white in there. Okay? The next thing that I'm going to dio after I have my sky complete is I am going to work on my son. And then after I do my son, then I'm going to start working on my hills. And I am going to speed up the video for this part of it because I want you to just be able to see what I do very quickly. And then I want you to work on your own. That is the way that you learn when you do it on your own. So I'm going to speed this up and remember after every time I used a color. If if I don't want it to blend with the next color, I need to rinse it in my water. That's why we have water. Just gently rinse. Please do not pound your brush for onto the floor of the bull because it will hurt your bristles. These air, the little bristles right here. So you rinse it off, you dry it off very carefully and then you're ready to try a new color. So I'm going to take care of that and all meet you back here in a moment. All right, friend. Friends, I am back, and I really like the way that this looks. It's It's a lot different than my other one. The colors are very similar, but if you look at the patterns in the shapes and the colors, they're a little bit different, the colors on each of the patterns. So I really like the way that it looks. I'm going to let this dry for a few minutes, and then I am going to start with my patterns. So what I'm going to do when I put the patterns on is I'm going to cover even more of the pencil marks, and then I'm going to actually insert the patterns into the hills so I'll see you back in just a couple of minutes. 3. Step 2: Paint Detail on Landscape Painting: Hi, friends. I'm back. So my painting is pretty much dry. There's a couple of spots that are a little bit wet, but that's a Okay, So what I'm going to do first is I am going to make sure that this pencil line gets covered . I did have to press a little bit harder on this than I normally would, because I wanted to make sure that you could actually see it. So I am going to just go over the lines with the same color that I used for the, um, initial shape. So, for example, I colored my son orange. So I'm going to go over those lines with my orange just like that, OK? And then here's an orange right here. It's a little darker shape. That's okay. Okay. And then my pink, I think I'm going to need a little bit more cake. Okay, so my peak cover lines kind of outline it a little bit with the pink, and then I'm going to take care of the rest of these shapes. Now, after I do that, I'm going to put some patterns inside each of these shapes so you can watch as I do this. I'm going to speed up the video and you can, or you could do it yourself. You can You can watch me, or you could do yourself. That's your choice. So that's what I'm going to do right now. And I will see you back here in just a couple of minutes. All right? All right. Friends, I feel like I'm finished. And I'm really happy with this. I think it looks beautiful. So I wanted to tell you a couple of things that I did, uh, that I didn't explain before. I added some clouds. I just basically took some white paint and pushed it around to make it look like clowns. Also, after I I stepped back and I looked at my at my landscape, I noticed that this son I wanted to do a little bit something different with the sun. So I added a little bit more yellow and a little bit more orange to make it stand out a little bit more. Now, the last thing that I need to do is I need to add some feet to this little these little guys down here. So I'm going to dip the back of my the back of my, uh, paintbrush. And I'm just going to make some very tiny little lines just like this. And those will represent their legs. I don't know if you noticed this, but when I was creating some of the patterns, I was using the backside of my paintbrush. I like to use it a lot because it's really good for circles. So let's go like this, Okay? I have a question for you. Does it look like thes sheep don't have heads? Are they headless sheep? I just noticed that. Whom? And wonder what I could do to change that. Any suggestions? Maybe I need to add some heads on there. What do you think? Sometimes if you look at you, if you stand back and you look at your artwork, you think who I need to change a little something on their add something. And that's what I need to do right now. Because I don't want these sheep to be headless sheet, so I'm gonna put a little dot Oh, so much better. So much better. They actually look like sheep now. Okay. Yeah, I'm glad that I'm doing this. Okay. What, You think I hope you like this project. It was really fun to teach it. I can't wait to see in the next lesson. So have a fun day by