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Watercolor Painting Pink Flamingos: Art for Kids

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Paint Sky Background

    • 3. Step 2: Draw Flamingo Necks, Paint Flamingos and Water

    • 4. Step 3: Add Detail to Painting

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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun watercolor painting project for your child?

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Pink Flamingo Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 7+.

There are three steps in this art project:

Step 1: Watercolor Paint the Sky Background

Step 2: Draw the Flamingo Necks, Paint Flamingos and Water

Step 3: Add Details to Painting

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:

  • Watercolor Paint
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Pencil With Eraser
  • Paint Brushes
  • Permanent Marker
  • paper towels
  • bowl of water
  • mat to protect work area

Let's start creating!

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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 and Supplies Needed for This Project: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. Today we will be creating this really cool flamingo scene. It's a really fun project and I am excited about teaching it to you. Flamingoes air really, really interesting birds. So I wanted to do a lesson on this because I thought that you might really enjoy it. So I'd like to go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper. I'm using watercolor paper here. It's a thicker paper. It holds water in water color paint Very, very well. So if you have watercolor paper, I would suggest that you use that. If you don't have watercolor paper, just use any thick paper. It should be fine. The next thing that you'll need are watercolor paints. I like to use this set because it has a lot of different colors in it. And, um, the colors mix very well and they're pretty bright. You'll also need some water, some clean water and two paintbrushes. I would use ah larger paper rush for the background and then a smaller paintbrush for the actual flamingo. You see, although detail we have here, we have the eyes. We have the bill. We have the really thin neck. If you don't have a really tiny paintbrush, it should work out. Okay, You just have to be really, really careful. Another thing you will need is a marker. I have a Sharpie marker here, which is a permanent marker. You don't need to have a permanent marker. Any marker will do. But I like to use this because it ensures that the colors will not run around. You will also need a pencil with an eraser. You will also need a paper towel or a rag for messes and spills. And then the last thing that you'll need is a mat or something to protect your work area. That way you can clean up very easily. So I'm excited about teaching this lesson and I'll see you in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Paint Sky Background: all right, a friend. So let's get started. The first thing that you'll want to do is wake up your paints, and the way to do that is to put a drop or two of water inside each of your little pay pants and that will wake up your paints and they will get ready for you to use. It's just a good tip for you, all right, so let's take a look at our paper on our paper. What we're going to do is we're going to create a wash on the back is just basically a very light color of paint than in the middle. We're going to have our flamingos and then at the bottom, we're going to have some water. The fling mingles are going to be standing in some water, so you get to choose whatever color you'd like for the top part for the sky for the wash. I think I'm just going to choose a blue, and what you're going to do is you're going to take your larger paint brush and dip it in your blue paint or whatever color you choose. And then what we're going to do is at the very top. We're going to make a stripe and then we're going to come down with our paint. We're going to pull our paint down using Onley water. We're not going to use any more paid other than that initial stripe or line that you put at the top. Let me show you what I mean. So I create a line and then what I dio is I just start moving down and I pull the paint down my paper and I don't go over it again and again and again I just add more water and I pull it down and it will get lighter and lighter and lighter as I come down. Now, once I come down the page, I don't want to go back up, OK, so just keep coming down. And as you can see, you can barely see the blue now because it is so light. There we go. Now what we're going to dio is we are going to let this dry for a few minutes because we want it to be very dry when we start painting are flamingos. So I'll see you back here in a minute 3. Step 2: Draw Flamingo Necks, Paint Flamingos and Water: already friends. So I'm back an hour. Painting is dry. Our background is dry. So what we're going to do now is we are going to create our flamingos, and the first thing that we're going to do is draw our flamingos necks and we're just going to have a light sketch of our flamingo next. So I figure on my paper, I'd like to have four or five flamingos I haven't decided yet. I'm going to see how it looks on the paper. So basically, I'm going to go about 1/4 down the paper, and I'm just going to make a very slightly curved line like this, so that is going to be one of my flamingos, and I'm going to move over a little bit, and I'm going to make another slightly curved line and it doesn't have to be exactly like the 1st 1 and I actually decided to cross it over the first initial line, and then I'm going to make another one and another one and one more. So I decided to have five. All right, so that's all I'm going to use my pencil for at this point, because from now on I'm going to be using paint and marker. So the next thing that you'll want to do is cover your pencil line with some pink and I have some pink here. It's actually read, but I am going to have quite a bit of water inside of it, so it makes it a lighter pig color. And if I need to test it out, I can always use my little palate right here. Oh, that's a little dark. I think my flamingo needs to be a little bit lighter than that. So I'm going to add a little bit of water so you get to decide if you're going to have a very light flamingo or a darker one, a darker pink one. So I think I'd like mine to be fairly light, so that looks good to me. So what I'm going to do with my paint paint is I'm going to start at the bottom of my flamingos neck, and I'm going to paint up, and the reason why I'm going to do that is because the color at the bottom off the neck of the Flamingo is going to be a little bit darker, and the top is going to be a little bit lighter, So let me show you what I mean. So I'm going to come along and I'm just going to come along that line and do you see how at the bottom it's a little bit darker, and then it gets lighter and lighter. That's the look that I'm looking for. So I'm going to dip again into my pain. And these these lines air fairly thin. They're not really thick because flamingos have very thin. Next, see how the color is darker at the bottom. That's why I'm starting at the bottom. Go over that line one more time. There we go. OK, so those are the next of my flamingo. Now, what I would like to do now is I'd like to create their heads. So I'm going to just make some regular circles like this on each one of the next of the Flamingo. And right now they don't look like heads at all, but they will once we're finished. So I'm going to tow, let those heads dry a little bit, and in the meantime, I'm going to move down to our Flamingo's body and the Flamingo's body. It's going to be a combination of lighter pink and darker pink. And what you're going to do is you're basically going to put a little ball of feathers down at the base off each one of the lines. However, all of the bodies are going to kind of be mixed in together. You'll see what I mean. As I start painting, one body is going to look like it's going into the the next body. So what we're going to do is get a little bit more of our paint on here. Make sure you can see that and a little bit more water. Remember, the more water that you add, the lighter your color will be. So if you'd like a really light color, you add more water. If you'd like a darker color than you have more paint. Okay, so the first thing that we're going to Dio is start again at the bottom and we're just going to do dots just like this. So at the bottom of this little line for the neck, we're just going to make some dots and you don't have to be super careful with where these dots go. But you do have to make sure that they touch each of these lines. So I started the bottom because that's where my darker color is going to be. And then as I move up, less paint will be on my paintbrush and it will get a little bit lighter already. Friends. Now, after I feel like I'm finished with the flamingos bodies, I'm going to add a little bit of water to make sure that a lot of those feathers are filled in with color. So just plain old water and some of the paint will seep into that water just as much as you'd like to. Dio makes the painting look a little bit more watery already. So I'm happy with the way that my flamingos bodies look. And now I'm going to move down here to the water. I'm going to get my large paint brush now, and I'm going to just add ah, very small amount of blue to my palette, and I'm going to add quite a bit of water to that because I want this down here to look pretty watery, like it to look pretty watery. I think I might even add a small amount of purple Well, that's pretty dark. Add a little bit of purple, mostly underneath the bodies of our flamingos Says that shows that they have a little bit of a shadow. Maybe add a little bit more blue. So it kind of mixes in with each other, the blue and the purple. There we go already. So what I'm going to do now, friends, is I am going to create the bills on our flamingos. So I'm going to use the black. And remember, you don't need that much black to create a very dark bell and keep in mind with the Flamingo Bill. It's kind of hooked at the end. So let me show you what I mean. I decide which way my flamingo is going to be looking. So on this particular flamingo, I'm going to have this flamingo looking this way. So what I do is I come out and I come down like this and then I close it up, Okay? Just like that, I actually might want to make this one a little bit more pointy. They're Ooh, that looks good. Okay, Now let me go on to the next one. Which way is this one going to look, I think he's going to look this way as well. But up maybe a little. All right, And maybe make that a little bit more hooked. Okay, see how that works. So, basically, you're taking your black and you're starting at the face, the head of your flamingo, and then you're just bringing down a curved line, and then you hook it at the bottom. Okay, let's try this one. I think I'm going to have this one looking down like that. Perfect. This one, I think, will be looking this way as well. And then the last one, I think I'm going to have looking away this way. Talk about a little. Okay, so then I'm going to come back and I'm going to make a small I in, which is just a dot So you'll want to make just a very tiny dot and it's pretty close to the bill. There we go. I would like to make this one a little bit bigger. So what we're going to do is we're going to let our painting dry for just a couple of minutes before we start by creating the legs of our flamingos. So I'll see you back here in a minute. 4. Step 3: Add Detail to Painting: already friends. I'm back. So my painting is dry. It's important that it's completely dry. Before we start using our marker, you could use any type of a marker that you like. You can use a Sharpie marker, which is a permanent marker, or you could just use a regular marker because you're painting will be dry. It by this point in the color will not spread around. So for, um, a leg of our flamingo. What we're going to do is we're just going to make super straight sticks, okay? And there are 12345 flamingos. So we will need 10 legs. So basically a flamingo leg is just a straight line and then a straight line. Okay, so that's is me, a straight line in a straight line, going right into the water. So that's for our first flamingo, our second flamingo, straight line, straight line, and the next one and the next one, it's up to you. Oh, that's a funny one. How you'd like to make these lines. I like to make my character's kind of crazy now, at the end of our project, what you get to Dio is you get to just create some knees. Creates Amis. They have knotty knees, and basically you just make circles. Okay. Oh, I really like how he looks. You know what you can do to I just thought of If you feel like the eyes on your flamingo's need to be a little bit larger or a little bit more round, what you can do is go in with your black marker and you can make your eyes a little bit bigger and rounder like that. That would actually be a really good idea if you'd like to do that. If you're happy with your eyes, just keep him as is. So I hope you enjoyed this project. I'll see you next time.