Drawing and Watercolor Painting Bold Birds in Birdcages: Art for Kids and Beginners | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Drawing and Watercolor Painting Bold Birds in Birdcages: Art for Kids and Beginners

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction and Supplies Needed for Project


    • 2.

      Step 1: Draw Birdcages and Trees


    • 3.

      Step 2: Watercolor Paint Birds and Trees


    • 4.

      Step 3: Add Detail onto Birds


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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 Birds in Birdcages Watercolor Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 6+.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Drawing Birdcages and Trees 
  • Step 2: Painting Birds and Trees
  • Step 3: Adding Details to Birds

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:

Let's start creating!

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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 Project: Hey, friends, How's it going? I hope you're having a great day today. Today we will be creating this cool and colorful bird picture so they're three birds in three cages. It's not a realistic picture. It's a fun, fantasy, cartoony type picture, so the birds are very much oversized, and that's what makes it fun and fabulous. All right, so let's talk about the supplies in the materials that you will need. For this lesson, you will need a piece of watercolor paper. If you do not have watercolor paper, anything paper will dio. Just make sure that it's thick. That way it can handle the watercolor paints. You will also need a mat or a piece of paper or some sort of covering for your table or your floor. Your workspace to make sure that the paint doesn't get everywhere. The next thing that you'll need arson paints these air watercolor paints. I like to use a lot of different colors with my watercolor paint E, so that's up to you. We also need a paint brush and some clean water in a bull or a cup. You will also need a permanent marker. Permanent means it will not Smadja and smear everywhere. So that's important that it's permanent. Okay, and then the last thing that you'll need is a handy dandy paper towel or Iraq or something to clean up messes. Sometimes there's a little bit of spill E or splattering with watercolor paints, so it's always good to have something for cleanup. So, yeah, I'm excited about teaching you this lesson. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw Birdcages and Trees: already. Friends, let's get started. The first thing that you will need to do is get your permanent marker. And what we're going to do is we're going to make for our bird cages some upside down use. So start in the middle and we're going to make a giant bird cage. Remember, we made to make it nice and big. Then what we're going to do is we're going to close it up with a curved line like this. No, inside that curve line, we're going to make another curve line like this. Then what we're going to do is a little bit from the top. We're going to make another curve line and then at the top of the very, very tippy top of your cage, you're going to make a circle with another circle inside. And then what we're going to dio is we are going Teoh, make a line that comes up like this, and basically that's going to be like a little stringer chain that's holding the bird cage up. And this bird cage is pretty much swinging in the wind. So we're going to double that lineup and it will look like it's the bird cages. Kind of swinging in the wind. Okay, remember, this is a cartoon. It's not realistic. All right? What we're going to do now is we're going to start at the top, are you? And we're going to make some lines, Some curve lines coming down. These are going to be the bars of our bird cage. And then right here, the bottom gonna make some circles, fill them in, turn them into dots. All right. Eight. So that's about it for our first bird cage. Our next bird cage is going to be up in this area, so we're basically going to make a very similar shape to this. But it's going to be smaller because we don't quite have is not much room so upside down, you close it, ab another curve line, circle on the top, double right up. And then little string coming out curve line. And then we're going to make some bars coming down. We could make these bars coming all the way down curved lines, and then we could make some dots at the end. I love it. Let's try one more right here. So let's make it come this way. So upside down. You close it up with a curved line, another curve line, another curve line. Circle at the top, another circle following that first circle. And when we're going to make Stringer chain coming out and double that up. Cute. Now, if you take a look at my picture, I have some spaces that I'd like to fill in with some trees, some there, a little bit odd looking trees. But I like to make up. So if you could think of any other type of tree that you'd like to make our flowers, that would be fun as well, to just fill in some of spaces. Let me show you the type of tree I'm going to make. I'm going to make my first tree here, and it's going to be pretty large, and I'm just going to be making the branches of the tree because I'm going to fill in this area later with a little bit of color for that that will represent the leaves of the tree. So I come out from the corner inmate. I make a relatively straight line like this, and then I come out with some more straight lines, and I double them up. Okay, just come out. And I keep doing that until I'm happy with the way that my picture looks. Now, if I want to come out again with some more straight lines, so I'm going to dio, remember, with art, you could do whatever you want because this is your project. So you get to be the boss. Okay? I told you these were kind of odd looking trees, but I think they're kind of cool, right? That's my 1st 1 Now, remember, I'm going to come in and in another time after we start painting and I'm going to make the actual leaves for this tree. Now I'm going to come up here to the top and I'm going to make another tree. It's going to be similar style said double a double lab double and maybe put a few little branches coming out. You're not quite as many because the street is not quite as big. All right, maybe I'll do a tiny one over here in this area. I think that might look good on my paper. Alrighty. So who Maybe one more? Over here, every artwork is going to look different. So you just have to decide what you'd like to do for your own. Oh, my goodness. Look what I forgot. I forgot the bars on this cage. Good thing I noticed that. You know why? Because we wouldn't want our bird, our pepper to get loose. So let's put some bars on that. You probably already noticed that. You are probably thinking this him. I forgot to put those bars on. I remember last minute. So going all right bars some little dots on the bottom. And then you know what I like to do. Sometimes I sometimes even like to have things hanging off of my off of my bird cages. So I put a little guess it too Little circles there. And I just have a little dangler coming down with the little dot at the end and some swirls , it just adds a little bit more, more detail. Alrighty. So we're finished with this part of our project, and you might be thinking, Well, where the birds, the birds are going to be painted into our bird cages. So that is the next step to our project. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint Birds and Trees: So for the colors of my birds, I am going to choose either the warm colors or the cool colors. So my warm colors are red, orange and yellow, and my cool colors are green, blue and purple. So we also have some warm colors over here. Red, an orange, a lighter shade of orange. And then we have some cool colors. Over here, there's a green. There's an aqua marine, blue, blue and purple, and this is also a dark purple. So we're going to stick with the same families as far as the colors go for our birds. So keep in mind, these birds could be pretty big. All right, so for this one, I am going to just start outlining a shape of a bird with my red. And the neat thing about birds is you could make them any shape that you want. So I'm just going to make that kind of a shape. And you know what's neat about birds? You can pretty much turn any shape into a bird. Did you know that? I didn't know that for a lot of years, but now I know it. I know that for sure, because I do it all the time. So I am going to start with my red, and then I'm going to move to my orange and then I'm going to finish up with my yellow. If I'd like to change the shape a little bit like this, your problem for that. Okay, now that's done. That shape is done, and I'm going to move on to my next bird, which is going to be in this two page right here. And they this skirt is going to be, Let's say, son, cool colors. So this is the kind of bird I want for this school. Feel that in a little? Remember, this could be a shape that you like. Ooh, Look at that. It's pretty dark like that at a little bit more water to that. Do you think some of that blew down a well, um, for his the top of his head. I think I'm going to use this. It's kind of a greenish bluish color. Look at how pretty that IHS, when you mix all the colors together, makes it really, really beautiful. Beautiful bird on this one right here. I think I'm going to do some more cool colors, so I'm going to use purple. Let's see, I'm going to have my birth facing this way. I have my purple. Oh, that's a pretty color purple, isn't it? You know, I have this darker purple. No, I have seen this blue while I'm so pretty when the change, the shape of this a little this God, Sometimes when you're doing art, you feel like you want to change something. And the neat thing is, you can you can change anything that you'd like. Teoh. All right, so those birds are going to dry a little bit. And the reason why is because we're going to put some out, some detail on them with our handy dandy Sharpie marker or permanent marker. But they have to be totally dry before we do that. Before we put some legs on and some wings and a little bit of detail in an eye. Let's not forget the I a little beak, right? While we're waiting for that to happen, let's move here to the trees. So I like these trees to be a little bit lighter, So I'm going to put some green under my little pan and I'm just going to go over. You decide what? What shape? I'd like this tree, and I'd like it to be pretty around a round tree like this. Wow, That was fast, huh? Okay, Now I'm going to maybe make this one a little bit are clean just like that. And on this one right here, like this one to be really light purple. You want to make it'll really like purple like that. And then on this one down here, you know, im I could get a really, like, lunge. Is that how easy that waas quick and easy. All right, So what I'm going to do now is I am going to just wait for a few minutes while this dries, and then I will show you how to add some worker detail. Sound good? All right, I'll see in a minute. 4. Step 3: Add Detail onto Birds: Alrighty, friends. I'm back and look at this hour. Painting is dry. So what we're going to do now is we're just going to put a few details onto our birds to make them look a little bit more MMA like birds. So let's think of what birds have. They have legs. How many legs do they have? They have to. So let's make some legs on our birds with some little feet. Maybe I'll make some legs on this guy with some little feet, and I'll make some legs on this guy with some little feet. Now, this guy here, his legs are gonna be going out a little bit. Alrighty. Let's make on I. Let's see, I think I'd like my eye for this bird to be up here just like that. So he's kind of looking up, Okay? This guy, his big is gonna be here. Nurses, I when this guy think's gonna be here and his I now ask for it for the let's say a little bit more detail work what you can dio did. You could put a little wing on your bird little wing, and you could also do things like you could put a little curlicues coming out of the tail area. If you like. That always looks cute. You could put a little crown, so that's always cute when you can put a crown on to any type of an animal, really, and then maybe I'll put some little lines coming out of the back with some circles on them . I always like to do that with my birds. And then really any other detail that you like to dio. You can even fill in this part of the body with some detail work. It's entirely up to you also. If you'd like to take a little bit of color with your painter work maybe with a crayon or a colored pencil infill in your beaks in your crown in your little detail work, that would be fine as well. So I hope you enjoy this lesson and I'll see you in the next time.