Art for Kids and Beginners: Create a Monarch Butterfly with Oil Pastels | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids and Beginners: Create a Monarch Butterfly with Oil Pastels

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Butterfly Oil Pastel Introduction


    • 2.

      Step 1: Background and Outline


    • 3.

      Step 2: Apply Color to Monarch Butterfly


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Follow along with me as we create a fun and fabulous oil pastel masterpiece!

Designed with beginners in mind, this Monarch Butterfly oil pastel project is perfect for children ages 8+. Students will learn basic oil pastel techniques and apply these techniques to complete their project. This project is designed to give children the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

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The teaching process used is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight your child into painting action!

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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. Butterfly Oil Pastel Introduction: Hey, friends. How are you? I hope you're having a great day today. I wanted to show you the project that we were going to be working on today. This is a monarch butterfly. So we have a lot of bright, vibrant colors here, and Yeah, I'm excited about teaching this to you. With oil pastels, you can get a little bit messy. That's what art is about. So get ready for a little bit of mess. Make sure you put a little bit of, ah, a piece of paper underneath your artwork page because we want to make sure that we don't create a mess on our table or on the floor, so we'll see in a minute by 2. Step 1: Background and Outline: all right. If so, the first thing that we're going to do to make our butterfly is we are going to take our white oil pastel in Peel it. We're going to peel that oil pastel paper back, and we are going to then break our oil pastel in half, just like this. It's a lot easier to use if you break it in half. So then what we're going to do is we're going to use this side of the oil pastel, and we're going to cover our whole entire paper with white, our whole entire paper with white using this side the side of your oil pastel. It goes a lot faster to apply the oil pastel to your paper than if you if you go like this , that would take a very long time. Fused it straight like you do a crayon. So this is money tip for the day. Just take your oil, pastel, put it on the side and then cover your whole entire paper with the white. A variety. I might have to get it another piece because I can feel with my fingers that this piece is starting to run out and that's a normal thing. It goes very, very quickly, runs out very quickly. It gets used up, I should say might be able to make it last. I'm doing this very quickly because I've done it quite a bit. If it takes you a little bit longer than all you need to do is pause the video so you can catch up. Sound good. Okay, So getting very, very small. And that's normal. I just want to use as much as I can. Aereo. Okay, so now what I'm going to do is I'm going to use the other half of my oil pastel and notice how dirty my hands were getting or home. How messy. How how filled with oil pastel they're getting. That's just the nature of this type of product. So it's actually the fun part of it, so yeah, don't worry about that part. So now what we're going to dio is we are going to create a drawing of our butterfly, so we're going to start maybe about 2/3 of the way up your paper, and you're going to make a very skinny couple of lines. So this is going to be the butterfly's body and we're not going to be able to see it very well because it's a white on white. But once we put a lot of color on there than you'll be able to see it a little bit better now, after you put the two lines together. And as you can see, I started out making kind of a little bit of a curved line and a little bit of a curved line, and I touched it the base right here. Then the next thing that I'm going to dio is I'm going to start in the middle of my better flies body and I'm going to kind of come out with, like, a slight curve and do the same thing on the other side. And if you ever look at a butterfly, you'll notice that they're symmetrical. That means that they're the same on one side as the other side. So I have to slightly curved lines and then I'm going to come up in the various soft B and then meet back at the spot where I started and I'm going to do the same thing on this side . So I come up when they come down like this. All right. So the very similar Not exactly the same shape, but very similar. Now I'm going to go back to that point there in the middle, and I'm going to make his bottom wing, and it's going to come out a little bit squarish Lipsey that broke. No problem. If you press hard with these oil pastels, they do break quite a bit. No problem, though. And then we come back up. Now when the bottom one. I usually don't meet uh, at the same place where I started. I made a little bit down, but it's up to you. You can come back up just like that. Now, I am going to do the designs inside the wings later. So that's something that will will do a little bit later. I'm going to also do his antenna a little bit later as well. But this is the basic shape off the butterfly. So in the next step, in the next video, then we will start putting color on all right, seeing a little bit by 3. Step 2: Apply Color to Monarch Butterfly: Alrighty. So let's get down to business. We have our outline of our butterfly and we have the background filled in with some white. And what we're going to do first is we are going to take our orange. This is a monarch butterfly, and we're going to take our orange and we're going to fill in the four wings. And so I'm going to use the side because thes wings are pretty large. And sometimes when you're using oil pastels, it's easier to get a lot of coverage quickly if you use the side and the oil. Pastels are very soft, so it's easy to get quick coverage. I know sometimes people try to do with this with crayons, and it works. But it grands air. Definitely not a soft those oil pastels. All right, so there you want to. Okay, Almost done. All right, So what I'm going to do next is I'm going to put in a little layer of yellow on top of this . So it goes a white, and then it goes orange and then yellow because monarch butterflies air kind of orange ish yellow. So I'm going to push down really hard with the side of my yellow so the colors will be mixed. We're layering them on top of each other. And this is very easy to do with oil pastels as well. You want a press Pretty in a pretty firm manner. Press hard. Okay. All right. See how that yellow is coming through a little bit. Makes a really need a fact. There we go and still see a little tiny bit of the block coming through. That's what we like. Okay, my hands are pretty messy because I've already taught a couple lessons today. All right, now what we're going to do is we're going to make a decision on what color we like to use the whale pastels for to paint our background. So it's up to you, and I'm going to actually speed up the video for this part, and I'm going to probably use a culmination of different colors. Maybe some think I'm going to use some green. So maybe this shade of green and maybe this shade of green and maybe a little bit of yellow , and I'm going to go all the way around my oil pastel painting, and yeah, it'll take me a few minutes. Now, if you'd like to get started on your painting right now, you can go ahead and do so. Or you can speed up my video and watch me. It is totally up to you. So I'm going to start out with the darkest color first. That's just the way that I'm going to do this particular project. Sometimes you can start out with the lighter color first, but I'm going to choose to start out with a darker green first and then add a little bit of green on top of that in a little bit of yellow. On top of that. So you pay. Please feel free to watch me or please feel free to get started on your own. Okay, here we come. Already. Friends. So, Whoa, This is really, really pretty. It's turning out very, very well. So what I did is I used orange and yellow on heroes you as you saw and then for the out side. What I did are the outside of the butterfly area, the background. I used a dark green. Then I used a light green, and then I used a yellow, and I think it looks really, really cool. Some people like to blend in their colors a little bit with their fingers. So if you'd like to do that, go ahead and do that. The next thing that we're going to do is we're going to do an outline for the Monarch butterfly. And before we do, I want it. I want to let you know that this this type of supply art supplies very, very messy. So don't worry about your hands giving really messy. That's just part of the process. So monarch butterflies have a neat pattern in their wings. So the first thing that we're going to dio is we're going to color and his or her body with black, because one or a better place bodies or black kind of a thin body when we're going to put some antenna. Okay, then we're going Teoh outline outer part of the wings like this, and then we're going to put a pattern on the inside. Okay. Hey, All right, here we go. All right? And I would always suggest to do the black use the black last because the black can get everywhere in smear everywhere. If you're not really, really careful with it, Okay, so we have our wings and our body outlined Inner. We put on 10 on. So I'm going to show you how to put a little bit of a pattern on the inside. I I'm going to put a teardrop shape on this one. In whatever I do on this side, I need to do the same on this site. Okay, Long teardrop shape. And then down here, I'm going to do pretty much the same shape. Long teardrop and long teardrop and impressing priest firmly with this black oil pastel. Now, I'm just going to go from the teardrop with a straight line out to the edge of my wing just like that. Okay. Circle all the way around on both sides. Make him is even as you can. And then down at the bottom, I'm going to do the same thing. It's like a little pattern. I'm going from the teardrop to the edge of the wing. There you go. There's your monarch. Butterfly. I hope you had fun with this lesson. I had been teaching it, and I am excited about sharing the next lesson with you. All right, take care. Why