Art for Children: Drawing and Painting a Giraffe Step-By-Step with Watercolors | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Children: Drawing and Painting a Giraffe Step-By-Step with Watercolors

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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3 Lessons (14m)
    • 1. Giraffe Watercolor Introduction

    • 2. Step 1: Drawing a Giraffe

    • 3. Step 2: Painting a Giraffe

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About This Class

Are you looking for a beginning art lesson for your child?

Do you want an experienced art teacher instructing your child through the creative process?

The Jolly Giraffe Art Lesson may 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 each art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing
  • Step 2: Painting

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.

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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. Giraffe Watercolor Introduction: Hey, friends, how are you? Welcome back to a new lesson. Today we will be making a giraffe, my favorite animal. So let's get started. I'd like to tell you what you need. As faras materials and supplies go for this lesson, the first thing that you'll need is a piece of watercolor paper, watercolor papers, a heavy paper that will hold water very, very well. You will also need a set of watercolor paints. You will need a permanent marker. I like to use Sharpie markers, but there are other permanent markers out there. You'll have to have a marker that will not run and bleed when waters apply to it. You'll also need a paper towel for spills and, uh, full of water and a paintbrush. So I'm going to put these things aside so we can get started with our Geron 2. Step 1: Drawing a Giraffe: so the first thing that you'll want to do is go up probably about 1/4 of the page down or 3/4 of the page up. And what you're going to do is you're going to make just a slightly rounded top of his head and this is just going to be a curved line. Then what we're going to do is we're going to make his face down here at the bottom. So it's basically along you, and then we come back up in touch at the top. We're going to put some horns at the top of his head, and basically you make those just by making straight lines. So there are four straight lines altogether. And then at the top of these two straight lines, you're going to make a circle and in a circle at the top of these two straight lines as well. For his ears, this is a kind of a tricky shape. We start out with a point, we curve out and then we come back recurve out and we come back. That might need a little bit of practice with the pencil. If you'd like to practice that before you use your marker on your paper because it is like I said, kind of tricky civil need to ears on the inside of his ears were going to have similar shapes that are more narrow that are skinnier. Now let's go down to the bottom part of Hiss Face, and we're going to make a very slightly curved line at the bottom for his nose area. And let's give him some nostrils so he could breathe and just a little bit of my mouth. Now we're going to go back up to the top. You could make a lot of different types of eyes for your giraffe. If there's a particular type that you like to do, go ahead and do it. But I'm going to show you how I like to make ice for my draft. I like to make straight lines, and then I'd like to close them up with some use and for his eyelids. I like to go straight across, and then what I like to do as I like to go over the use with another line makes it a little bit thicker. Now I like to put eyelashes on my giraffe because giraffes drops. Actually, do have very long eyelashes, so you can either put straight up and down eyelashes. But I like to put these curlicue kinds. If you want to take a look, if you want to copy that, that would be cool. Or you can dio the straight up and down eyelashes a swell. It's up to you. I see that this line is a little bit thicker on this one. So I think I'm gonna match that up here like that. Okay, now we're going to make a circle on the inside of each eye and inside of that circle, we're going to make a smaller circle, and this is going to be, ah, shine Mark where the sunshine is shining and it's kind of reflecting off of his people off of this I So we're going to fill in all around inside that circle, except for in the shine. Mark and I like to make Malone kind of even. Okay, So pretty much were pretty much finished with the face. Now let's go down to his neck Now drops have very long necks, so we're just going to make some straight lines coming down and then on the inside, where I'm going to just make some random shapes more than giraffes spots. So these right here are going around the giraffe, and then right here along the side, I'm going to put some hairs that stick straight out. I like some of them to be long and some to be sure. If you want all of yours to be the same length, you could go ahead and do that. This is your piece of march, so you could do what you like. Okay, I think what I'll dio is I will add a little bit of maybe some vines and some leaves. So let me show you how I'm going to do that. If you can think of something else that you like to decorate the background with, that would be fine. But let me show you what I'm going to do. Kind of like a curvy line going all the way up and then swirl at the end. Now I'm not done. I'm going to come back over that line. But I'm not going to be careful to stay right next to it. I love the way that that looks. Now I'm going to do the same thing on the other side, except I'm going to start at the top. Then I'm going to come down just like this and then go over it. I think one more thing that I'd like to add are some leaps. So for leaves, you just do curved lines when curve Linus Lee and one her bling. That way you can put them on your vines If you'd like small one there, maybe one more. And then maybe on this side, all doing the same. I really like how this looks, OK? Some people like to put little circles varies. You'd like to do something like that. That would be cool to. There's one more thing I forgot to put. And that's the little vein inside each leaf. Oh, there's one right there. He was hiding for me. Okay, I guess. Wet. I really like the way that mine looks. I feel like I'm finished now. I want you to take a look at yours. Take a look to see if there's anything else that you'd like to include on this. Before we start our painting, Now is the time to do it. All right. I'll see in the next video by 3. Step 2: Painting a Giraffe: all right, friends, I'm back and we're ready to paint. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to wake up our paints by putting one drop of water in each pan that you feel like you might use. So that's a good way to start our painting process. So I'm almost finished. Now. I'm going to take a look at my picture to see where I would like Teoh paint certain colors . So I think I'd like to paint my giraffe. Even though he is a cartoon draft. I'm going to paint him orange, maybe some yellow in some brown spots and then the background. I think I'm going to paint a blue and then the vines in the leaves. I think I'm going to paint green, so if you'd like to choose different colors than that, that's just fine. This is a cartoon drawing. It's not realistic. So if you want Teoh make ah, purple giraffe for a blue draft. No problem. Just do what you feel like you want to dio. So this is what I'm going to do. I'm going to get started with my painting. I am going to show you I'm going to put some orange in this little pan right here and put some water and some paint. I just wanted to show this to you before I started, because it's a good way to get a color That's consistent. Means it's the same. So I'm going to do that. And then I'm instead of going straight from the paint onto the paper, which you can dio. But sometimes it's nice to have, ah, consistent color. So I'm going to be painting this and you're going to be either watching or painting yourself. I'm going to speed up the action so that it will complete. I'll complete this painting and maybe 2 to 3 minutes so you can watch or you can start your painting process. All right, see, in a meeting by All right, friends. There we go. There's my giraffe. I hope you like him. I just want to do it. Mention a couple of things I wanted to look to be, Um, very he flowy so I wasn't trying to stay in the lines, especially when it came to the vines. I've painted them during quickly, and I wanted them to kind of blend into the background into the blue sky. So that's why I wasn't very careful on that. I love the nature of watercolor in that it can just flow wherever it wants to do. It's very unpredictable, and that's what I like about it. I really like this year up here. I dipped my pain into the red, actually by accident, and then I thought, Well, let's see what color that comes out to be And it came out to be that really cool orangish reddish. And this looks a little bit pink right here, and it flowed right into there. So I really like the way that this looks. I hope you're having fun with this lesson. And, um, I hope you to see you in the next lesson. All right, take care by