Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Puppy Dog | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Cute Puppy Dog

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction and Supplies Needed for This Project


    • 2.

      Step 1: Draw a Puppy Dog


    • 3.

      Step 2: Watercolor Paint a Puppy Dog


    • 4.

      Step 3: Watercolor Paint a Backround


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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Puppy Dog Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 5+.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing the Puppy Dog
  • Step 2: Painting the Puppy Dog
  • Step 3: Painting the Background

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 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:

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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: Hi, friends. How's it going? I hope you're having a great day today. I'm excited about sharing this lesson with you. This is a water color dog. It's a nice and bright color dog that is own a black background. So watercolor is one of my favorite things to create with, and I'm hoping that you like it as well. I'm hoping that through this lesson you will learn some techniques and some ideas. And then after this lesson, you can go on to create your own masterpieces. So let me just tell you a little bit about this. Like I said before, this is a dog. We start out with pencil and then we move on to paint. We paint our dog first in nice, bright colors and then the background could be a dark color. I chose black. You can absolutely choose any color that you like. It is up to. You said the supplies in the materials that you will need for this lesson are watercolor pains and a piece of paper. This is why our color paper. So if you don't have watercolor paper available to you, any thick paper will do should be kind of the thick those of the paint doesn't go through it. We need a handy dandy pencil with an eraser, just in case you need to do some erasing. We need a paper towel or some sort of a towel, just in case you need it. Four mistakes or some clean up? That would be a smart idea. You also need some clean water and a paintbrush, so you will be dipping your paintbrush into the water and into your paints so that word water color has the word water in it. So we do need order with ease paints. We also need to have a little Matt or actually a big Matt or newspaper or some sort of covering for our table so that we don't get it messy. So that's about it. It's a very simple project, and I hope that you have fun with it. I'll see you in a minute 2. Step 1: Draw a Puppy Dog: Alrighty, Friends still, let's get started. Why don't you go ahead and grab your pencil? And what we're going to do is we're going to draw our dog in pencil first before we start painting. And I am going to ask that you not press very hard on your paper with your pencil because it will show up when you are doing your paintings. So we want to keep it as a light as possible. Now, in saying that, I am going to have to press a little bit harder. And let me tell you why I need to press harder with my pencil so that you can see it. If I If I just press very lightly, you might not be able to see it very well. See that you might be able to, but you might not. So I'm going to press a little bit harder and you have to All right, So let makeover this again. I'm going to press pretty hard on mine, but you don't need to press that heart. So what I did is I just made a curved life. It's almost like a really wide upside down you then next thing that I'm going to Dio is I'm going to make his ears and you could make any kind of beer that you like. I'm going to make mine coming down with the letter Jay's Forward J in a backwards J. But if you want your ear to stick out a little bit, go ahead and do that. That's a OK. So I have my backwards j and my I have my forwards just like that. Are they going to be perfectly, even perfectly symmetrical? No, that doesn't That doesn't make a difference. I like mine to be a little bit a little bit different from each other for years. All right, so now let's go back to this part of the ear, and then we're going to come down and make the rest of the head of our dog. And basically you could make it either round or you could make it a little bit squared off . That's what I chose to Dio. Now what we're going to do is we're going to go to this area right here at the bottom of her dog's head and we're going to make a large oval shape, and that's going to be our dog's nose. Okay, now what we're going to do now, this is kind of tricky. So you might want to watch closely. We're going to come up and come down and connect to the nose. Watch what I do before you start. I come up and I come down and I connect to the nose. Now you notice that I didn't connect right in the middle of the nose. I wanted there to be a little bit of space because I want the this area right here to be. I had a place where I can put a little bit of a different color. So watch what I do on this side. I come up and I come down. Do you see how that looks? So I have a little bit of space here in a little bit of space here in a space in the middle . All right, now, let's put some eyes. I'm just going to make some certain circles for the eyes for this pup, and we're just going to be making the circles. We're not going to be filling in with anything. Now, if there's a little area on your paper that you'd like to change for example, let me show you what what I'm talking about. So this area right here, I'd like this to be a little bit smoother. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to go over that again like this, and I'm going to erase that area. That's the really cool thing about pencils with erasers. If you feel like you want to change something, you can change it very, very easily. Whereas if you're using a marker, it's pretty much impossible to change. You just have to turn your mark into something different. Okay, so there's the head and the eaters of my puppy dog. So I'm going to make his body just about down to here. So it's going to be relatively straight, just like that. And then I'm going to do the same thing on the other side, just like that. Who? He's skinny, isn't he? He's a skinny Minnie. Alrighty. I am very happy with that. Now. When I'm going to do is I'm going to make a couple of lines and these air going to be where his legs are going to be so has let one leg is on this side and one leg is on this site now . You can't see his feet. His feet are a little bit lower than our paper is. So Hiss body is kind of falling off of our paper. Now, I'd like to make a tale for him, and that's just going to be a slightly curved line. And then another Kerr plane that comes down. This is a very, very simple drying. Okay, so in the next part of the lesson, we will be doing our painting, See in a minute. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint a Puppy Dog: all right, A friend. So I'm back and I have my watercolor pains. I have my water, I have my brush and I have my pencil in case I need it. And I also have a paper towel. So what we're going to do is we're going to make a colorful dog. Our dog is going to be full of color. It's not going to be realistic. And then our background, we're going to paint black. And if you choose to paint a different color other than black, that's a okay with me, you can choose whatever color you like. I am going to be painting black because I want my dog to really stand out. So I'd like my dog to be some nice, vibrant colors and then the background to be very, very dark and black. So why don't you watch me and then I will show you what I mean. So I'm going to do something that I've talked about before. It's putting one drop of water in each of my little pain pans because I wanna wake that water up so it's ready for me to use. Once I dipped my paintbrush into it, and this really, really helps. It's a really good tip. My art teacher told me when I was young, all right. I just usually but water and all of them in that way. I have some options when it comes to painting. So I think that the first thing that I'm going to want to dio you want to just kind of take a minute to plan out what you would like to paint, what colors you would like to paint your dog. You can either do that or just kind of go with the feeling that you have. I think I'm going to start out with the red. I'm going to start painting his ear red, and I'm going to try to stay in the lines if I go out of the lines a little bit. No problem. Now. I like the look of water color when it's starting to spread into other colors. So I'm going to add some orange hair going to add some orange and then I'm going to pull that down a little bit onto his nose. I'm going to rinse my brush because I'm going to use a different color going back to the red. If I need a lighter, more transparent shade. I use more water. And if I want a darker shave, then I use last water. Okay, I think I'm going to try some yellow coming over here. Oh, look at how the colors air Blending together. That's what I really like to see the water color with watercolor. Sometimes you don't have a lot of control over your painting. And that's what I like. The watercolor just kind of does what it wants to dio. I think I'm going to add some green. Oh, isn't that a pretty green? That's my favorite. I love green. It reminds me of the earth. All right. Oh, I think you looks cute. So far. So far, so good. Now I'm going to give this a couple minutes to dry. So what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to move down to his body. Let me tell you why. Because if you touch watercolor with a different color, sometimes it spreads. And while that's ok, and and I like that Look, I'm just gonna give it a minute to settle, so I'm going to move down here to his body and because this is a super colorful dog. I think I'm going to just try to uses many colors as I can. Guys, there's Hiss side of his party and maybe I'll use a little bit of purple and I'm see how I'm touching the blue with the purple like that. Look, I like when it spreads over here a little bit. Maybe is a little bit of a darker purple who that's pretty dark. It's a little bit darker. Well, actually a lot darker than I thought it would be. So what am I going to dio? I think what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to rinse out my drop brush and then I'm going to just start spreading it out. I'm not going to put any more purple on there. See how that works? There we go. That looks better. That's more of what I was expecting. I like it. OK. Oh, easy fix. And then I'm going to go back to my blue. That's actually a little bit darker than I was expecting to. So I add a little bit more water, Dario. Okay, Now for his tail going to go back to the purple and I want to pull little bit of that blue in there. I can go back up to my head now. It's not totally dry on the ear, so you might notice some of that color spreading. Let's try this. Color orange. Let's try this. Oh, wow. It's kind of a yellowish orange. Okay, that's really cool. I like how that walks. And then maybe with a little bit more or injury. Here are orange. Oh, so far, so good. I really like happens. Guys looking. And then maybe a little bit more red right around as I Okay. All right. Where do you think? I think I like him. So this is what I'm going to do now. I'm going to let this drive for a few minutes because I'm going to start painting with the black. And if I started painting right now with the black, what could happen to these really wet areas is once I touched a black on here, it could start spreading out, which isn't a bad thing. I actually like that look, But for this particular project, I want to kind of keep those those color separate. I want the colors to stay on the dog, and I want to tip the block to be in the background, so I'll see you in a minute. 4. Step 3: Watercolor Paint a Backround: already friends. So I'm back. So the first thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to take a look at my painting to see if it's dry. It's for the most part, pretty dry. There's a little bit of a wit area here in here. I don't think that it will affect my painting because it is pretty dry. And even if it does, that's okay, because that's the nature of water. Pillar just kind of likes to spread into its own date. So I'm going to dip my pay brush in some water, get a lot of water on there, and then I'm going to dip it in the black. Now, watch what I do with this color. We're going to put it on my little case lead, and I'm going to kind of roll it around with some water, and then I'm going to test to make sure it's the right color black. So I'm going to take my handy dandy paper tell, and I'm going to go like this. Oh, I like that. I think that's going to look pretty good. Might look a little bit different once I get it on the paper. But I'm pretty happy with that. So what I'm going to do isn't going to start at the top. And I'm just going to start painting with the black. And now that I have it on my paper, I'm actually going to make a decision to make this darker. I wanted to be darker black, so let's see how that looks. Yes, that's what I'm looking for. The reason why I wanted so black is because I want the dog to really pop out with all of those colors. So I'm just kind of going back and four, and I'm not being very careful when I'm painting this. But once I get to my dog, I'm going to be a little bit more careful. Excellent. Rolling that paintbrush around and what I'm going to do isn't going to speed at this video so you can watch me or you can get started on your painting if you like. But I'm going to speed this up and I'm going to paint the background for my dog. And when I get a little bit closer to the dog, let me show you. I'm going to be a little bit more careful. A little bit more careful, so I don't go into the colors of the dog. Okay, - already . What do you think? I think it looks great. I like how the colors really stand out from the background. As you can see, my black is not perfectly even. It does look like water color. And when it dries, it'll look really, really cool. I love the way that it looks now, as far as his nose and his eyes go, I'd like to paint them black. So I'm going to dip that in, and I'm going to make sure that I'm really careful. And I'm just going to very carefully paint that in and paid his eyes in the black. Now, if you like a different color, of course you could use it. You can use a different color. In fact, you can use any colors that you like. It's totally up to you. So I hope that you enjoyed this lesson and I hope to see you in the next video. Yeah,