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Watercolor Painting for Beginners and Kids: Drawing and Painting a Peacock

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Watercolor Peacock Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Drawing a Peacock

    • 3. Step 2: Painting a Peacock

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About This Class

Are you looking for a beginning watercolor project for your child?

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

The Perky Peacock Watercolor Painting Project might be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this lesson is perfect for children ages 6-10 years old.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing a Peacock
  • Step 2: Painting a Peacock

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 lesson 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:

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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. Watercolor Peacock Introduction: Hey, friends, How are you? Welcome back to my course. I'm glad that you're here today. Today we will be creating a peacock. And before we begin, I would like to share with you the supplies and materials that you will need to be successful in this lesson. So let's take a look. The first thing that we have here is a piece of watercolor paper. It's a heavy, thick paper that will hold water Well, we have some water color hates we have a marker, a permanent marker. I like to use the sharpies and this marker will not spread around when it has water placed on it. We have a paper towel for quick cleanups. We have some clean water and a paintbrush. So those air the supplies that you will need for this lesson. 2. Step 1: Drawing a Peacock: The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to draw out our peacock with our Sharpie marker are permanent marker. So let's put everything else aside so we can make sure that we have enough room to work. All right, so here we go. The first thing that we're going to want to dio is make an upside down teardrop shape. Now, I don't know if you can see this, but I have already drawn one out and upside down teardrop shape. Um, because they're kind of tricky. And if you want to start out with pencil, that's sometimes what I do. If there's a shape that super tricky, I draw it out first so I can erase it if I make a mistake. And I just keep trying until I get it right. We wanted to be a pretty big, like 45 inches, I would say, and it has to be kind of slanted. We'll show you what I mean. So I've already drawn it out, and I'm just going to go over with my marker. So basically, it's, um, a raindrop or a teardrop shape, and it's slanted down this way. This is going to be the peacocks head. All right, so the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to make his body, were going to kind of skipped the head of the features in the face, and we're going to skip down to his body. So his body is going to be basically Cem straight lines. And the first straight line will be probably about then middle of your teardrops that comes straight down at an angle. So it's not straight down this way. It's straight down at an angle, and then your next line is going to do the same. But the label's going to go this way, the line and was going to go this way. Okay, that's his body. Now what we're going to do is we're going to place heart all the way around him. In the hearts. The points of the hearts are going to be facing his body. So let me show you what I mean. I'm going to put quite a few quite a few hearts now. I'm going to put some closer. I'm going to put some further away. They don't have to be in a straight line to put some of them larger, some a little bit smaller some way close to the edge of your paper, some a little bit closer. It's really, really up to you. I left a little bit of a large space here. I think I want to close that up with the heart most done with this part. And if I'm going too fast for you, you could just stop the video until you catch up. In the meantime, I'm just going to be right along. The next thing they're going to want to dio is you're going to want Teoh, Put another heart around your first heart. So you start at the bottom of your heart and go like this all the way around. This will take a little bit more time because we want to go slowly and carefully. So we do such a good job. And again, if I am going to fast all you need to dio as positive video so you can take your time. That's the really cool thing about learning this way is that you can customize the time that you need to take on your projects. That's one thing I really like about teaching this way okay, Almost done. Are your hearts going to look exactly like mine? No, they're not. And that's the really quilting about it. Now, the next thing that we're going to do is we're going to put one more heart. Actually, it's kind of like a have a heart inside each of these hearts. So there it's inside. It's basically just that talk heart. Uh, heart. Mm. Uh, like what I see so far. Okay, Now what? We're going to dio as we're going to go back to his body and we are going to put some full Luffy lines along the sides of his body. Let me show you what I mean. They're almost like clouds. They're not actually going to touch the line, though of his body were just going to be kind of loving around his body. It's like a series of use connected to each other. And then down here, you could put could create a little bit of a space here. And then you can start with your fluffy lie down here. He's taking shape. Isn't hate. Now what we're going to do is we are going to 10. Act your hearts to the body. I have here a peacock, these air actually going to be the father's if you didn't guess that already. And so what we're going to do is just draw straight lines. The street is you think it they don't have to be perfectly straight. You see how this one goes right into his head? The thing about it is it's not attached to his head. It's attached to his body, which is behind his head. So keep doing this until connect all the hearts to the body. Does that look so far? I think it looks really cool. Now what we're going to do is go back up to the peacocks head and at the top of this head, we're going to put a little pep around. That's just going to be three lines and then re circles at the top. So one circle at the top of each lying now for his face for the details inside his space, we're going to have his beak and his beak is just actually, it almost looks like the beginning of a heart. Um, it's just occur flying in a curved line for his eye. We're gonna make it nice and big and It's kind of a tricky shape. If you want to start this one out in pencil, you can do that. We started out as a curved line and kind of like a humping than a curved line. Same on this one who looks really cool. Now, after we do that, we're gonna go over that line again cause we wanted to be kind of dark, so get it the shape that you want it and then go over it again. Now we're going to put two lines, and that's going to be his. I will fill this in later with a little bit of paint and then one more thing on his base. We're going to make us a curved line at the bottom of his face and at the top of this face , looking dead. Okay, You know, I'm kind of jumping around a little bit, but, um, I think it's gonna turn out really, really well. So we're finished with this face, and then we're going to go back to our clouds inside of each of the little bumps on your cloud you're going to do to curve lions with points. They almost look like leaves. We're going to just put one of these little shapes inside each little bump, just like, and that this one might go off the page. Okay. Now, at the bottom of his body, we are going to make a pattern hiss feathers on his body. And this is what it's going to look like. It's going to be a Siri's of upside down use going all the way across. Now, watch what I do. This could get kind of tricky. We're going to do this same pattern above this. However, we are going to touch the first upside down you in the middle of the previous one. So if you want to take a look at that before you start, So I'm doing upside down use, and I'm touching them to the middle of the previous upside down. You it does take a little bit of practice, but once you get it, it can create this really cool pattern as we go up. So I'm just gonna work on that while you work on yours. And as I said before, I could get going a little bit fast. So you can you like, How's your video? In the meantime, I'm just gonna do this very quickly and we're going to go almost all the way out, but not quite going to go to about right here, wherever you think would be a good place to stop is just fine. This hasn't really made effect. As I said before, once it's finished, the next thing that we're going to dio is we're going to put some of the little tiny feathers around the base feather. So what we're going to do to do that is we're going to just put a Siris of lines, and as the lines get closer to the body of the peacock, they're going to get shorter. Let me show you what I mean. So this line starts out long and tall, and then this one gets a little bit shorter and smaller, and then the bottom one. I'm almost touching his body and it's the shortest one of all. So we start out with the big ones, and then we get a little bit shorter and shorter. And if you want to put a little bit of currently like this, how does that look? Pretty cool, huh? All the way down. That's how peacock feathers are. And if you go over one of your other feathers. That's okay, too. I think there's a space here. I want to close up a little bit. This is going to take me a while. Some could to speed this up. You know, many alrighty , friends. I am back. I am looking at this and I'm really happy with it. What I did towards the end, as I kind of took a look at all of my feathers. And I put a few little curlicues at the top of some of them that I felt like I needed a little bit of extra curl to it. Like this one would be cool if it was curl. So once you're you feel like you're finished, just step back and take a look at your artwork and then decide if there's anything else you need to put on your artwork before we start our painting. There are some things that I want to talk to you about. See? Here. Um, there are a couple areas where I wanted to make sure that I didn't run into the heart. So, like, on this one right here, I stopped short and on this one, and I wanted to make sure that I didn't put my marker over the heart. Okay. So you can see that all of the hearts are clear. They don't have lines going through them. Okay. I'm excited to see you back in just a few minutes so we can start our painting. All right. See you later. Bye. 3. Step 2: Painting a Peacock: Hey, friends, welcome back to the painting portion of this lesson. I'm excited to be back with you, and I hope you're excited to. So what we're going to dio is we are going to first thing. We are going to prepare our watercolor paints. And the way that you're going to do that is you're going to put a drop, um, fresh clean water, just one drop into each pan of paint. And what this will do is it will wake up each of these colors. So when we're ready to use them, they're ready to go. Okay, So let's take a look at our drawing. I think he looks really cool. It's very busy. It's a very busy drawing, but that's what we like to see. Now I want to remind you that this, um, bird, this beautiful bird mostly has the colors blue, purple and greed. So that's basically the colors that I'm going to be using. On his body may be a little bit of yellow and orange, but for the most part the cool colors cool colors are blue yellow in green. So I'm going to start out painting, and I am actually going Teoh speed up the painting video because I want it. I want you to see how I paint, but it will take me a while, so I'm going to speed up the the timing a little bit. So you can either watch me or you can go ahead and paint your drawing the way that you want . Teoh, if you want to use different colors, of course, that is a okay. If you don't want to use the purple, green and blue, that's okay with me. This is your artwork. And you should be able to do what you want to Dio. There is one thing that I would like to show you on these feathers down here at the bottom . When you were painting these feathers, you might want to leave a little bit of space a little bit of white at the very top of your feather just so the light can kind of bounce off of each feather. Kind of looks like the light is bouncing off a little bit. That is a suggestion that I have. But if you don't want to do that, if you want to just color them in like this, paint them in like this. That would be okay if you take your time and just go one by one in each shape, it gives a little bit of a different effect. So it really is up to you. Another suggestion would be you could, but some of the some of the feathers you can paint blue and some you can paint purple. That would be another thing that you could do. It's it's up to you. So I am going to start on my pinky, and I am I will see you in just a little bit. Okay? Have fun. Okay, Friends, I'm back, and I am loving it. I'd like to talk to you a little About a bit. About what I did as I was painting. As you can see, I don't have every single bit of white paper covered up. I left it like that because that's what the look that I wanted. I just took my yellow at the very end, and I just dabbled in different places where I wanted a little bit of color, and I chose yellow because I thought it would look really, really cool with all of these colors. Um then I came to the orange. I felt like the orange was a little bit strong. So what I did is I took my paintbrush. I dried it off with my paper towel and I just soaked up a little bit of the paint and then I wiped it off. That's one way that you can dab get rid of some of the paint. Another way is to tear off a little bit of paper towel and just have it on there. But I chose to use my paintbrush. This time I I really like the way that hiss feathers look down here at the bottom with a little bit of white showing through. It really creates the effect of of light coming down and hitting hiss, hiss, feathers and bouncing off of them reflecting off of his feathers. So, yeah, I think it looks really cool. And I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and I hope to see you. I can soon. So take care by