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Watercolor Painting for Kids: Draw and Paint a Moon Cat Silhouette

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

Watercolor Painting for Kids: Draw and Paint a Moon Cat Silhouette

Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project

    • 2. Step 1: Paint the Background

    • 3. Step 2: Paint the Cat Silhouette

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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 Moon Cat Silhouette 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 two steps in this art project:

Step 1: Watercolor Paint the Background

Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Cat Silhouette

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
  • Paint Brushes
  • 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 day today. Today we're going to be creating this really cute watercolor painting project. This is a kitty cat sitting on a branch and it's a silhouette. The kitty cat is looking at the moon. So I'm excited about teaching you this project. I'd like to go over the supplies in the materials that you will need for this project so you can gather them up and be ready to go. So the first thing you'll need is paper. I'm using a watercolor paper here. Watercolor paper holds watercolor paints. Very well. But if you don't have a watercolor paper, just any thick paper will do. Preferably it will be a white ish color because we have the moon here that has no paint on it at all. Another thing that you will need our watercolor paints. I have a variety of different colors here. I like this set because I like all of the different color choices we have. We will only be using two colors today, two colors of your choice. I chose to use black for the silhouette and I chose to use orange for the background. So you can you choose the colors that you'd like one color. Normally that we choose for this is black, so black, plus a different color. Another thing that you need is some clean water and to paint brushes. I have a larger paintbrush here and a smaller one. The larger paintbrush does really well with the background, and the smaller paintbrush is really helpful when you have more detailed work, like the cat in the branch. If you do not have thes sizes, that's okay. Just do the best that you can with what you have. Another thing that you'll need is some scrap paper so we can make sure that we get our coloring right. And that could be anything. It could be any old little piece of paper. Ah, paper towel is always a great thing to have around, just in case you have a spill or a mess. And I have a mat that I would suggest for you. Ah, Matt is something that you put underneath your artwork to make sure that your work area stays clean. Already, I am excited about continuing on, so let's get started 2. Step 1: Paint the Background: already. For instance, let's get started. The first thing that we're going to want to dio is we're going to want to wake up our pates , and the way that we do that is we put a small drop of water in each one of our paints that we think that we're going to be using. I'm just going to put a small drop of water in every single big pan because I'm not quite sure what colors I'm going to be using. Yet. Here we go. OK, so while we're letting those paints get ready for us, we're going to talk about our painting. So what we're going to paint is ah, seen a nighttime scene with a cat looking off into the moon. We're going to be seeing the back of the cat a silhouette. So the cat and the branch that he's going to be sitting on, they're both going to be black. So when you were deciding what color you would like your background to be, I would suggest this time that your color choice not be black. And the reason why is because if we have a black cat and we have a black branch that he's sitting on, and it's the silhouette of the cat and the branch. The color should be a different color other than black, so we can actually see the cat in the branch and they stand out. So I would suggest ah, color, even if it's a dark color, like purple or blue or orange or green. Actually, any color, any color, it all you can use, just not the color black, All right, I think now I think I'm going to use the color orange. So what? I'm going to dio I'm going to move these over so you can see a little bit better. I am going to take my larger brush, and I am going to dip it into the orange paint that I'd like to use, and I'm going to get a good amount going right here on my palette. And then what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to add a lot of water to this. I'm going to add several drops of water onto this because I want that color to be very, very light, because what we're going to do is we're going to create a moon right about here and then what we're going to do is around the moon. We're going to create a light color orange, and then it's going to get darker and darker and darker as we go down our page. Look what? I got a little drop right here. You know what? I'm going to dio clean that right up with my handy dandy paper towel. There we go. It's gone. All right, So what I'm going to do now isn't going to test this color out to make sure that it's the color that I want to. So I'm going to use my test paper. I actually think I needed a little bit lighter. Some going to add a little bit more water. And here we go, tested again. Ah, perfect. So this is what I'm going to dio. I am going to start by making a circle like this on large circle Sita That's going to be my moon. And in that circle, there's not going to be any color at all. We're going to just keep it white in the paper is going to show through now around that circle, I'm going to paint with my orange a few times around and it's pretty light. I hope you concede that on the video, and I have a nice round circle. Yours might not be this around, but that's OK. It's OK that your artwork is looking different than mine. So now I'm going to dip a little bit more paint. I'm going to put it in my water, and it will be a little bit darker. So what I'm going to do now is I'm going to go around the edge. And as you can see, it's getting darker and I'm going to go around and around. I'm actually going over the initial color first, so it blends in. Okay, No, I'm going to make another row of this a little bit of a darker color, and then I'm going to do the same thing. We're going to dip in my orange and then I'm going to add more color to this, and I'm just going to keep doing this, and it's going to get darker and darker. My orange is going to get darker and darker, and I am also going right off the paper. Do you see how that's happening? Going right off of the paper and that's OK. That's why we haven't Matt have a mat to make sure that you don't get our work area. All PT. All right, I need a little bit more water because my pain is drawing out here, so I'm going to put a little bit more water. I'm going to put some more paint, and I want to make sure it's a little bit darker as we go out away from the moon. So a little bit more. Here we go see how that works Now It's just turning into a wide you, isn't it? Because this area over here is going off, the paper said. You have to add more paint as you go. That's absolutely fine. It's getting darker and darker and darker. Camden at the top there. So now I just continue on to the bottom and I want to make it still a little darker. Make sure you can see that. So I'm just dipping in and making the starker see how that's happening. Getting darker and darker, almost finished, almost finished. I think it would add just a little bit more paint and then it will be pretty dark here at the bottom. Alrighty. I am very happy with that. So as you can see, we start out with the moon, which is white. And then we have a light color orange, and it gets darker and darker and darker as we go down and went as we go away from the move . So what we're going to do now is we are going to allow this painting to dry because we wanted to be fully dry before we start painting our cat on our branch. So I'll see you back here in a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Cat Silhouette: already friends. I'm back. So this painting is dry and what we're going to do now is we're going to add a cat and some branches and it's going to be a silhouette. So we're not going to see a lot of detail where it's almost like we're looking at the back of the cat and we're looking at the moon. So the cat is looking at the moon and we're looking at the cat on the moon. So what we're going to do is we're going to take our smaller paintbrush and we're going to dip it into our black and we're going to put a little bit of black onto our palate. I'm hoping you can see that. So we're going to add a little bit of water under there. We want to make sure that we have it. Not too dark, but not too light. So we're going to test that out. That looks pretty good, actually. So what we're going to do is we're going to start maybe about 1/3 of the way up of our piece of paper, and we're just going to make a branch coming out like this when you're making branches keep in mind there, Not super straight. So it's OK if you make it a little bit, Kirby. Okay, Kind of like this, all right? And then we can maybe come down like this, maybe come out a little bit like this, and then maybe add a few leaves if you like. Leaves are just little marks on your piece of paper That kind of come together notice in keeping this area free from leaves because I want to add my cat. There we go. That looks pretty nice. Now what we're going to do is we're going to create a cat, so to create cat. And I'm just going to do this with pain. I'm not going to be using my pencil. I'm going to show you in on easy way to make a cat. So you go up a little way from the branch. Maybe about right here and what I'm going to Dio isn't going to make a you like that. And then I'm going to make a couple of lines coming down and then I'm going to close them up like this, and then I'm going to fill this in because it is a silhouette and if you like to change the shape of your cat's head, for example, if you think Oh, I'd like my cats had to maybe be a little bit longer. Then you're just add a little bit more pate just like this. I think that looks great. All right. Now, for his body, we're going to Dio is just go like this. What kind of a square issue? Fill that in. And then we're going to come down here. This with two curve lines. There we go. Now, what else does a cat need? Cat needs a tail. Get a little bit more paint on here, make sure that it looks good. Little dark and a little bit more water. Remember, if you want a lighten watercolors up, all you need to do is have a little bit more water. So I'm going to create a tale so we'll come out from my cat's body. Unique. A tale that looks like that little Kirby. And remember, if you want to change the shape of your cat's body like if you want to make this part a little bit bigger, just pull it down just like that. If you'd like to make some whiskers. You have to be very, very careful because whiskers air very thin, and if you go very lightly, you'll be able to make some whiskers just like that. This one's a little bit thick. Here we go. Oh, you look so cute now, adding a little bit more detail. If you feel like you need to add a few more leaves, that's fine. If you'd like to add a few more branches onto here, that's fine as well. Keep in mind when you are creating art that you get to do whatever you want in the reason why is because this is your art. I'm just giving you some examples and suggestions. But from here you can do your own masterpieces. All right, I hope you enjoyed this lesson. It was really fun to teach you, and I'll see next time