Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Pouting Pigeon | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Pouting Pigeon

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 Pigeon


    • 3.

      Step 2: Outline Pigeon


    • 4.

      Step 3: Watercolor Paint Pigeon


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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

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

This Pigeon Watercolor Art Project was inspired by The Pigeon series of books by Mo Willems. You can take a peek at the book series HERE.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Pigeon With Pencil
  • Step 2: Outline Pigeon With Oil Pastel or Crayon
  • Step 3: Paint Pigeon With Watercolor Paints

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: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. Today we will be creating this really cool painting. This is a painting of a pigeon. Ah, pigeon in a house. Now, as you know, pigeons usually don't go in the house. But this particular pigeon is a fan of being in the house. So we have our pigeon. We have our background that is very colorful. He's standing on the wood floor and he has a word bubble, something that he is saying. So we'll talk about that inside the lesson. I wanted to explain to you the supplies and the materials that you will need for this lesson. The first thing that you'll need is paper. This is watercolor paper and its paper That's nice and thick, and it holds water well. So if you have a thicker paper, it doesn't necessarily have to be watercolor paper, but a thick paper will do the best. We also have watercolor pains. I like this set because it has a lot of paint in it. A lot of variety of paint colors. We also need a pencil with an eraser. We need some fresh clean water with one or two paint brushes. If you only have one paintbrush, that's okay. That'll work. You'll also need some oil, pastels or Kranz. Either one will work. If you have both of these, I would suggest the oil pastels. But Kranz will certainly work. You will also need ah, handy dandy paper towel. First bills it and to clean up if you spill a little bit or if you need to wipe something down and you'll need a mat or something to put underneath your work area so that it stays nice and clean and does not let the paint touch the table or the floor or your work area wherever you're working. So I'm excited about this lesson and I'll see you in a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw Pigeon: already friends. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is grab our pencil and we're going to make a circle close to the top of our paper. But we are not going to touch the top of our paper, maybe about three or four inches down from the top. We're going to make a circle, and the circle is not going to be teeny, teeny, tiny, and it's not going to be huge. It's going to be. I guess it would. I would say, a medium size. This is going to be our pigeon's head. Inside this circle, you're going to make a smaller circle, but still pretty big. That is going to be our pigeons. I now eyes on this size of a head, usually aren't that large, but this is a cartoon pigeon, so we get to be creative with the size of ice that we have. After we make that inner circle, we're going to cut that circle in half with a straight line and then under that straight line we're going to make are you. We're going to fill this in a little bit later with some color. All right, so this is, says I. This is his head. And over here we're going to make his beak. So his beak is going to be towards the bottom of the circle, not down here, but on the side. It's going to be a curved line coming down and then a curved line coming in and then down here at the bottom, we're going to go about to the middle of this line. We're going to make a curve line coming back towards the head. Alrighty. So what we're going to do next is we're going to make our pigeon's neck. The pigeon's neck is just going to be two straight lines coming right down. So one to you could make your pigeons necas long as you like, and then in the middle of our pigeon's neck, we're going to make a line. And then above that, another line that's going to be the stripe on our pigeon coming down to the left hand side of your paper on the left line, at the bottom. We're going to make a slanted line. It's going to pay slightly, slanted just about like that. We're not going to touch the edge of the paper were just almost going to touch it. Then what we're going to do is we are going to make our pigeons body. So let me show you how we're going to do that. We're going to have a curved line coming down and then coming back up in touching the end of this initial line. So we come down and we come back up just like that. Let's make a couple of wings for our pigeons so he can fly around. So we have a V, and it's okay if it goes through this line right here, we're going to erase that in a moment and then on the other side of his body, were going to make another way. And we're not going to be able to see this wing all the way up here because it's on the other side of his body. We are going to keep this line right here. Now what we're going to do is we're going to make his legs in his feet. So we're just going to make some straight lines down and then for his toes, his feet were going to make some are lions short lines. Already it let's erase this line on the wing that is closest to us because we want to remember not to go over that when we're using our crayon or oil pastel. So this pigeon, he is going to be saying something. And so we're going to create a word bubble so you get to decide where you would like your word bubble. Ah, word bubble is just one of those circles with a little bit of an angle to the bottom of it , and it tells the reader what the pigeon is going to say. So you could make your word bubble on this side of your pigeon. Or you could make your word bubble on this side of your pigeon. It's up to you. If you have more room on this side, you can use this site. I'm going to make my word bubble over on this site. So basically, what I do is I make a circle, but I don't close it up. See how I did that? So it's a circle, but I'm not going to close it up now. Your circle might be larger or smaller than this one, and whatever you'd like to do would be fine. Some people like to make more of an oval shape and that would be fine as well. Now what we're going to dio with this space that's open, we're going to make two lines just like that. And do you notice how my lines are pointing towards the beak of my pigeon? If you make your lines over here, then you could just be pointing the lines towards his head. Okay, Now, inside this word bubble, you get to pro put words you can put any words that you like. I might put the word high in there or I might with the word cool in there. Or I might want to say something like, I'm hungry or let's eat a sandwich. You can put whatever you'd like in there. I would suggest maybe not too many words, because this word bubble compared to this particular cartoon is relatively small. So I think I'm just going to write the word high in my native writing, just like that, with an exclamation mark. OK, so what we're going to do next is we're going to create a floor for our pigeon. This pigeon is going to be inside the house. I know that that's a crazy place for a pigeon, But this particular pigeon is going to be in the house. So I'm going to make a straight line like this, and I'm going to go right through his legs. And then underneath that, I'm going to make another straight line just like that. That's going to be the baseboard right there. And then I'm going to create some slanted lines going off my paper. This is going to be the floor, a wooden floor, and if you'd like to make a different type of the floor, that would be fine. There we go. Sometimes people like to make a little carpet or a rug underneath their pigeon. It's completely up to you now. What we're going to do is we're going to wait to put any background on the wall behind our pigeon. We don't need to use our our pencil for that. We will wait until we use our Crans or oil pastels, so I will see you in the next video 3. Step 2: Outline Pigeon: alrighty, friends. So the next part of our lesson we are going to be putting some color onto our bird, and we're going to be using either crayons or oil pastels, and we're also going to be using some watercolor paints, so we are going to be pressing pretty hard with our Crans or armor oil pastels. It's very important that you press firmly because what will happen with our paint once we have our oil pastel on our paper is, it will resist the paint, and the paint will not be allowed to go through to the paper so it won't stick to the paper . And it's a really cool effect. So what we're going to do first is we're going to put all color onto our paper except for black, when we are using oil pastels or Kranz. I always suggest putting the black last to the Children that I'm teaching because black can get a little bit smeary in a little bit messy sometimes, especially if you're using oil passed out, and I'm going to decide for the background for my wall behind my pigeon. I'm going to have some colorful wallpaper, so I think what I'm going to do is I'm going to use maybe a yellow and an orange, and I'll make some just some dots that go around the back area. Um, and I'm not going to get that onto my pigeon, so I like to use oil pastels. Not everyone has oil pastels available to them, so if you don't, that's okay. Just use your kranz. But what you want to do is you'll want to put some different shapes in the background and fill out that whole area. If you do not want to use circles, that's okay. You can you stars, hearts, triangles, squares, anything that you like. Just maybe a pattern in the back. See what I'm doing right now? I'm going to speed up this video a little bit so you can watch me or you can get started. It's up to you already. Friends. I'm back. So what I'm going to do next is I am going to put some well, pastels on my floor. And I'd like my floor to be a brown floor. So I'm going to just outline the lines of my floor with brown. So let me speed up this video and you can watch me or you can get started. It's up to you already. Friends. So the last thing that I'm going to dio with my oil pastels is I am going to cover all of my pencil lines with a black oil pastel or a crayon if you don't have oil pastel, So I'm going to start at the top. And the reason why I like to do that is because if you don't start at the top with your black oil pastel sometimes if you started, the bottom in your hand rests on your oil pastels. Sometimes it can get a little bit smeary. So I always suggest to kids that they started the top and kind of work their way down. So that's what I'm going to do right now. And I'm going to speed up the video. Alrighty, friends. So I wanted to point out that I did end up covering my word high with an oil pastel of black one. I was debating going back and forth whether I should cover with oil, pastel or a black marker, and in the end, I decided to use an oil pastel. If you choose to cover it with something different than an oil pastel like a marker. If your letters or smaller that would be fine. That way you will be able to really read the words very, very well. If you only have one word like high or cool or something like that, you could use your oil pastel. It's up to you also. I did decide to go inside my pigeons I and use the black oil pastel as well. Already, in the next part of our lesson, I will come back and we will start watercolor painting Sienna Mini. 4. Step 3: Watercolor Paint Pigeon: already friends. So I'm back and I'm excited about the painting portion of our project. So what I'm going to do first is I'm going to prepare our watercolor paints for our painting. And the way that we do that is we take our brush and we put one or two drops of water in each of the paint pans. And what that does is it wakes up each of the paints, so they're ready to go and ready for us to use when we need them. So I'm putting one or two drops in each color that I think that I might use. All right, so those air getting ready while I talk to you. What I'm going to do now is I am going to make a decision as to what colors I would like to use for my painting. I'm going to use a very light blue for my pigeon. Maybe a bluish green for Hiss islet. I'm going to use a darker blue or maybe a purple. I'm going to keep his. I quite I'm going to keep his stripe white. I'm going to keep the word bubble white. I'm going to use yellow for his beak and for the flooring. I'm going to use a brown, and then I might color the baseboard. That's the strip right here between the floor and the wall. Ah, color. I'm not sure I'm going to wait until I see everything put together. And then I may or may not do that. Keep in mind when you are creating art, sometimes you have an idea of what you want to dio, and then you change your mind, and that's perfectly fine. The reason why it's fine is because this is art in with art you can pivot, which means that you can change your mind whenever you want, so I might change my mind. I might not, but what I'm going to do is I'm just going to start painting. So I decided on the background that I'm going to use a combination of light green and dark green. So I just started the top and I start painting and what you will notice. As as I'm going over the oil pastel little dots that I made. They are going to resist the water color paint. That means they are not going to want to let that paint soak in, so they really stand out. I hope you can see that on the video. So I'm just going to keep painting and painting, and I'm going to speed up the video and you can keep watching or you can start on your own project. I did want to mention before I speed up the video that when you're painting with watercolor paints, it's important that you don't go over and over and over the same area over and over again. What can happen is the oil pastels can lose their power, and then they might not be able to resist the water color paint. And also you can maybe even perhaps get a hole in your paper and not something that we do not want for our work. So let me speed up the video, and I'll see in a minute already friends. I'm back, and I'm really happy with the way that my pigeon looks. But I love the colors, and I love the effect the watercolor has. If you could see we have some lighter colors here and some darker colors and with water color paint, it just kind of does what it wants to do and That's the really great thing about it. You don't have as much control with water cuddle color paints, and that's actually what I really like about it right here. I decided to add a little bit more yellow, which, um, that's what I did. I pivoted. I thought I was only going to be used green. But then I decided to gives a little bit of yellow and they're blended in. And if you can see there's a little bit of oil pastel that is left behind. So after my paint project dries, I could just scooch that off with my hand. Alrighty. I hope you enjoy this lesson and I hope to see you again soon.