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Drawing and Painting for Kids and Beginners: Let's Create a Heart Tree Silhouette!

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction and Supplies You Will Need

      1:32

    • 2.

      Step 1: Paint the Background

      5:47

    • 3.

      Step 2: Draw the Tree

      2:28

    • 4.

      Step 3: Paint the Tree

      4:16

    • 5.

      Step 4: Paint the Hearts

      2:25

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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun and unique Heart themed painting project for your child? 

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher guiding your child through the creative process?

This Heart Tree Silhouette drawing and painting project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for first-time painters and children ages 7+. By following along with me, step-by-step, the beginner artist will learn the skills to create masterpieces of their own long after the project is complete.

There are four steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Paint the Background
  • Step 2: Draw a Tree
  • Step 3: Paint the Design
  • Step 4: Paint the Hearts

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

Students will learn basic tempera and acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Heart Tree Silhouette drawing and painting project is designed to give beginners the skills 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

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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 You Will Need: Hi friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great day today. I'm excited about sharing this project with you. This is a drawing and painting project that I designed, especially for kids. You do not need to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project. I will take you step-by-step through all the steps that you need to take. Today, we are going to be creating this tree and heart silhouette painting. Let's talk about the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of thick white paper. You will need some paints. I'm going to be using tempera paints today, but you can also use acrylic paints or poster paints. You will need the colors black, red, and white. You will also need a pallet to put your paints on. I just like to use a small paper plates. You will also need some paint brushes. I'm going to be using a small flat and a medium flat. But you might also want to have a detailed brush for the heart that's completely up to you. You will also need a pencil with an eraser and a paper towel. Go ahead and collect all of those supplies and materials. And I'll see you back here in the next video. 2. Step 1: Paint the Background: In this step we are going to be painting our background. So let's get started. The first thing that you're going to want to do is make sure that you have some white paint and some red paint on your palette. And we're going to be making a moon first, and the moon is going to be pure white. If you look at the middle of your piece of paper, the moon is going to be right here. So the bottom of the loon is going to be right here. Do you see that this is the circle of the moon is going to be a full moon. We're going to paint the moon white. Go ahead and load your paintbrush with some white paint. Then paint your moon in a circular fashion. I know that you can't see this. I can actually barely see it myself. But I'm making a moon. Wow. This big. Now. I want to make sure that I have quite a bit of paint on my moon because I also want to blend my pink or my red starts out with pink because it's a white and red mixed together. That to blend in with the white. Alright, so make sure you have plenty of white. I decided to make my moon a little bit bigger. Sometimes when you're creating art, you change your mind. And that's perfectly fine. So my moon, I decided the end to make it about this big. Alright, now that I have my moon straight away, that means that right away, you're going to add a very small dot of red paint just on the corner of your paintbrush in you're going to start going in a circular motion around your moon. You want just that tiny bit of red paint because we want it to turn pink. We want to go around and around that moon. Remember, we're not going up and down. We're not going side-to-side. We are only going around the moon. Once your paintbrush needs more paint, once it runs out of paint, you're going to add more white and a bit of red. Then you're going to go around again. And you're going to blend that previous paint that you put on there with your new paint that you're putting on there. So tiny bit of pink, quite a bit of white paint. And you just keep doing that over and over. You're blending around and around. What I'm going to do now, now that I have a lot of pink on my piece of paper, I'm going to put more white on my paintbrush and I'm going to add a little bit more of my red paint. So instead of just putting my red paint on the corner, I have it all across the bottom. That's going to produce a darker red or a darker pink? Just slightly darker. I don't want it to be a lot darker, just slightly darker. I'm going to go around fill in that space up there at the top. Around filling that space up there at the top. And then around down here. It's almost like an arch. We go, I'm going to add more white paint and a little bit more red, so it's getting darker and darker as we go down. Piece of paper. Little bit more red. Getting a little bit darker. We don't want it super dark. Just a little bit darker as we go down. As you can see, we have a moon in the center of our piece of paper. Your moon might be larger or smaller than mine, and that's fine. And then we have our paint coming around in circles and you can actually see the different lines on the paint. And as we come down away from the moon, the glow of the moon is up here. And as we come away from the moon, paint is getting darker and darker. It's not super dark red down here at the bottom, but it is darker than it is closer to the moon. What we're going to do now is we're going to clean off our paintbrush with our paper towel. And all of our paint will not come off of our paintbrush, but that's okay. We're just getting the most off that we can. Then we'll set that aside. When we come back, what we will do is we will start drawing our tree, our heart tree. But before we do that, we need to make sure that our painting, our background is completely dry. That step is really important so that we can draw our heart tree. I'll see you back here after your painting is completely dry. 3. Step 2: Draw the Tree: In this step we are going to draw our tree. So we'll want to make sure that our piece of paper is completely dry. Before we do that, go ahead and pick up your pencil and we're going to start drawing our tree from the trunk up. So we're going to go up. I'm going to create my tree in the middle of my piece of paper. If you want to put your tree to the side, either the left hand side or the right-hand side. You can go ahead and do that, but I'm going to create my tree right here in the middle. I'm going to press pretty hard with my pencil, but you don't need to press this hard. I'm going to come up with my trunk. And then I'm going to create a swirl. Now I'm going to come up on the other side. I'm going to go a little bit further up and create another swirl. From here, what I'm going to do is I'm going to just start building on this tree and I'm going to make plenty of branches. You can make as few branches as you'd like or as many branches as you'd like, it's completely up to you. I'm going to go ahead and do that and they're going to be pretty swirly. They're not gonna be super curly cue, but they will be pretty swirly. I think I'll want a branch here. I will want another branch coming out this way. Maybe one coming out this way. Maybe one coming out this way. I think I want one more. Right here in the center. There we go. Now as you can see, this part of my branch is not connected to anything else, but when we add our paint, we will connect everything together. I hope that that makes sense. I think I'm going to add one more right down here at the bottom. I'm going to make one more branch. Coming out this way. Go ahead and add as many or as few branches as you'd like. And when we come back, we will start painting our tree. 4. Step 3: Paint the Tree: In this step we are going to paint our tree. So let's get started. We're going to use our smaller paintbrush. And I already have some black paint because I've put onto my palette right here. What I'm going to do is I'm going to start at the bottom. And I'm just going to start moving up. And I'm going to make sure that I load enough paint onto my paintbrush. As you can see, this smaller paint brushes don't hold as much paint see you will have to apply paint to that paintbrush more times than if you have a larger paintbrush. I'm going to just continuously dip my paintbrush into my paint and load some paint onto the paintbrush. If I feel like I need to change the shape of my tree at any time as I'm moving up the trunk, I'm going to go ahead and do that. For example, down here at the bottom, I feel like I need to expand the tree out a little bit more. So I just add a little bit more paint. It's a really easy thing to do. So as I go, I'm going up the tree and then I see a line here. So I'm going to sort all this paint brush around. I wanted to stay fairly thin so I'm not pushing really hard and I'm holding my paintbrush vertically. That means straight up and down because I will get a thinner line that way. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to cover all of my lines with my black paint. And then I'm going to start filling in. All of those little lines get attached to each other. Let me go ahead and do that. All right, friends. So I'm finished covering the pencil lines on my tree. And what I'm going to do now is I'm just going to make some adjustments to the branches by adding more paint and connecting the branches to my main trunk of my tree. What I'm doing is I'm just connecting those lines and then I'm reshaping the branches. If I feel like I need to, I'm making the part of the branch that's closer to the trunk a little bit thicker. And I want the end of the branch to be a little bit thinner. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm just going to make those adjustments and changes. There we go. See how I'm actually making sure that everything connected together. Going to take a moment to do that. Already friends, so I'm happy with my tree. In the next step, what we're going to do is we're going to add some hearts to our tree. I will see you back here in the next video. 5. Step 4: Paint the Hearts: In this step, we are going to add some hearts to our tree. They're going to be heart silhouette, so they're going to be black. What we're going to do is we're just going to load some of our paint onto our smaller paintbrush. And we're going to paint some hearts. Now, depending on how large your paint brushes that will determine how large your hearts are. I would suggest going slowly and carefully. You do your best work on your heart's. There's one heart. Just go with the flow. And create hearts that you feel like creating. So they could be pointy hurts, they can be skinny hurts. They can be big hearts and it can be smaller hearts. And trying to figure out what kind of heart I want to put right here. Keep in mind too, that if you hold your paint brush straight up and down, you will have a thinner, finer line. I'm going to go ahead and take a moment to create. My heart's going to go slowly, carefully. I do my best work. Already, friends, I think that that looks good for my tree, my heart tree. I didn't want to add a massive amount of hearts. I just wanted to add a few. What we're going to do now is we are going to use our handy-dandy paper towel to get some of that black paint off. I really hope that you enjoyed this project. I really enjoyed teaching you today. So I hope that you have a really good day. I will see you next time.