Art for Kids and Beginners: Create an Abstract Painting with Acrylic Paints | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids and Beginners: Create an Abstract Painting with Acrylic Paints

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to Abstract Art Lesson


    • 2.

      Step 1: Paint Abstract Outline


    • 3.

      Step 2: Paint Abstract Artwork


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About This Class

Are you searching for a fun and unique painting project for your child? 

Are you looking for an art project that will ensure artistic success and confidence?

Are you seeking an experienced art teacher to guide your child into the wonderful world of acrylic painting?

This Acrylic Abstract Painting Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 8-12 years old. By following along with me, step-by-step, your child will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint Outline
  • Step 2: Paint Abstract Artwork

The process used to teach this project is a kid-tested, step-by-step method that will both inspire and delight your child into painting action! This process involves observing, following instructions, and creating until the student is happy with the desired outcome.

Students will learn basic acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Acrylic Abstract Painting Project is designed to give children the tools they need to begin their artistic journey into self-expression, reflection, and creative thinking.

Supplies and materials needed for this project:

Let the creative fun begin!

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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 to Abstract Art Lesson: Hey, friends, how are you today? I hope you're having a good day so far, and it's just about to get better. We're going to be doing this fun project today. It's going to be different and it's going to be unique. And I am really excited about being able to teach it to you. So this is an example that I came up with for a couple of days ago and I just wanted to show you basically, what we're going to be doing yours is not going to look exactly like this. Of course, you're going to use your own shapes in your own colors, but this is just an example of what we will be creating for this lesson. 2. Step 1: Paint Abstract Outline: So I am going to show you the supplies that you will need for this project you are going to need first of all, a piece of paper. If this is a heavy piece of paper, it's actually four acrylic paints which we will be using today. You do not have to have specifically acrylic paint paper, but a heavy paper would be the best that will. That will hold up the best with ease. Acrylic paints. You will also need some acrylic paints. I like to use thes acrylic paints there in little bottles, they're inexpensive and they come in a variety of different colors. Now, for this project, you can use any colors that you like, So I'm using these bright colors. Some people like to use softer colors and people like to use the primary colors. It is totally up to you. So let me show you what we have here. We have a variety of different colors. If you don't want to use this many colors, that's okay. The one color that you will need is black because we are going to be painting some lines, some organic lines with the black, so you will need black. If you don't have black, you could maybe use a dark blue or a purple that would work as well. So it's up to you. As far as the colors go, we will also need a couple of paintbrushes. Let me show those to you. You will need two sizes of paintbrushes. You'll need a small paintbrush paintbrush we're going to use for that black lines, and then you'll need a little bit of a larger paintbrush, this one we will be using for the inside for the colors. So let me put this. Besides, you could take a look at these, so see how this one's a little bit larger than this one. If you have a paintbrush that looks more like this, let me reach back here. But the rounded tip That's fine as well. It's all in what you're comfortable with. Okay, the next thing that you will need as a paper plate and we use paper plates or you can actually is a piece of paper. Or if you want to use a ceramic plate, that would be fine as well or appellate, and we're going to you pour the paints out on here and then we need paper towels. I always use paper towels to dry up mate paintbrushes. If I put my paintbrush in some water to rinse it out, then I like to dry it off with a paper towel. That way, it's nice and dry. For the next color, you'll need some water, some clean water. So that's really, really important. So we convince our brushes out for this project. We're not going to use a lot of water mixed in with our paint, but we will be using it to rinse our brushes. So those of the supplies that you will need sound Let's get started already. Friends. So here are sample project, the one that I made the other day, and let's take a look at it really quickly, so you know what to expect. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to work on these black lines, and I am just going to start drawing the lines on this new sheet of paper. They're not going to look exactly like these lines, and that's okay. That's actually a good thing. Then what we're going to do after we make all of our lines is we are going to let our painting dry. We want it to be totally dry, the black paint to be totally dry before we put the color on. If we don't, then the color the black color will mix in with the other colors, which, actually it's a really cool look. But for this particular project, we're going to let the black dry all the way. Now, as you could see, when I painted here, I didn't mind going over my black line with my color. So if that is something that you like to try, be my guest. Some people like to be a little bit more precise and leave all of the black showing or after they're finished, go back over it with the black line. That's OK. I happened to look like how this looks. So I'm going to keep mine just like this. So the first thing that we're going to dio is we are going to take our paper plate in our bet. Black paint and I always like to shake my paints first so they're all mixed up and then pour about 1/4 size dot on your piece of plate paper plate and then with your smaller brush . What you're going to do is you're going to dip it in, make sure it has a lot of paint on it and just start making shapes. So I'm not even going to look at my other example. I'm just going to start making shapes, so there's a circle. Now I'm going to connect that with a line to the side like that because I want to make sure that the shapes are closed. So maybe a squiggly line. Oh, look at what happened. I ran out of paint. So what? I want to dio as I want to make sure that I have a very solid line and sometimes when you're working with acrylic paints, you will see that you need to use more than one load of paint on your brush. OK, so I'm just going to start doing this. I'm going to speed up my video and you could just watch me. It'll just take a minute for me to finish this up because it's going to be sped up. Okay, we'll see in a minute. All right, friends. There we go. I have all of my organic shapes out on my paper. Now I'm really happy with the way that this looks, and I am going to let it go ahead and dry. If you take a look at the one that I did the other day, it is quite different than the one that I just did. So I think that that's pretty cool. What you want to make sure is that you have a lot of areas that you can block off with color. In other words, if you have ah, very large shape, you might want to break it up into smaller little shapes because we want to have a lot of color, like a color explosion on our paper. So let's let this dry and I will be right back after it's dry and I will show you how to put the paint on. Okay, see you then. Too many 3. Step 2: Paint Abstract Artwork: Hey, friends, Welcome back. Okay, My outline is pretty much dry. There are a couple of spots that are a little bit wet, but I'm going to try to avoid those with my paint. So what I'm going to want to dio is I'm going to just start squirting my paint out just a little bit, maybe like a dime size on my paper plate, and then I'm going to start painting with my larger brush. So let me show you how I'm going to go about doing that. Look at that. There's an ant on my paper right now. We're having a little ant attack in my neighborhood. I live in California and it's the middle of this summer right now. And sometimes when it gets really, really hot, like it's been around almost 100 decrees. The ants like to come in the house. So it's really not a fun time to be around those ants. Okay, Also in included in my palette. I am going to put some white. Let me show you why we put the white on here. And then I am going to mix some of the colors with a little bit of white see right here. I mixed this pink with a little bit of white and you can see a little bit of white in this blue. Mostly, I have just the solid colors, but I do use a little bit of white. So what we're going to take do is take our larger brush, and I am going to start out with my yellow because yellow is the lightest color. And so I'm going to start out with that one. And I am going to just kind of look around at my painting and think about what I think would be a good spot for the yellow. So I think that this would be good for the yellow. And again, I am not being super careful about not touching the lines. I kind of like the look where that black is a little bit covered with the color. See how I didn't? I wasn't super careful about that. So I'm going to just kind of look around, see where I want to put some yellow. I'm going to kind of spread them out a little bit. Maybe one over here. This shape right here kind of reminds me of a sunset Okay. You know, maybe one more over here. Now, I think I'm going to move on to my orange. And because orange is related to yellow, I'm not even going to rinse my brush. So I think I'm gonna put some orange here so you can see a little bit of yellow in that orange. It's kind of a nice look. So what I'm going to do friends is I am just going Teoh paint this and you can either watch me. I'm going to speed up this video. You can either watch me or you can start on yours. And just use colors that you want. Have fun with this when you are created Art it is the most important thing to remember is to have Fine. So I hope you have fun with this and I will see you in just a couple of minutes. Alrighty, Friends, I'm back. I'm finished with my PT. I think it looks really cool and happy with the colors. I'm happy with the way that it turned out. I wanted to point out a couple of these, as you can see. And as I said before, I wasn't super careful about not going on that black eyed happened toe like that look. So if you like it, go for it. If you don't, you need to just be a little bit more careful when you're actually filling in. I did use some white, as you can see here, I like this trickiness that the white shows and white always lightens up color. So if you like to use white, I I like to use white a lot, actually. So this is the painting than I finished just right in front of your eyes. And this is the one. Let me just remind you, this is the one that I did the other day in preparation for this lesson. So as you can see, they're two very different examples. They're both cool. They're both wonderful. They're both different. So yours is not going to look exactly like mine. And that's actually a really good thing. I hope you like this lesson. If you have any questions or comments, please let me now and I'll see you for the next lesson. Thank you. Bye.