Art for Kids and Beginners: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Cute Puppy Dog Step-By-Step | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids and Beginners: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Cute Puppy Dog Step-By-Step

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need.


    • 2.

      Step 1: Draw a Puppy Dog


    • 3.

      Step 2: Paint the Puppy Dog


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About This Class

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

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

Are you seeking a healthy activity that will drive creativity and self-confidence in your child? 

This Puppy Dog Drawing and Watercolor Painting Art Project may be just what you are looking for! Designed with beginners in mind, this project is perfect for children ages 5+.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Puppy Dog
  • Step 2: Paint the Puppy Dog 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 to This Project and Supplies You Will Need.: Hey friends, how are you? I hope you're having a really good day today. I'd like to introduce this project to you. This is a cartoon puppy dog pet project that was designed especially for kids. You do not have to have any drawing or painting experience at all to be successful with this project. I will show you step-by-step what to do. So you will feel comfortable at all times. I'm looking forward to teaching you this project. Let's get started. You're probably wondering what supplies and materials you'll need for this project. So let's go over that. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of paper, a piece of thick paper. I like to use watercolor paper. If you have that available to you, go ahead and use that. You'll need some watercolor paints. You'll need a paintbrush. Yours doesn't have to be this big. But if you have something around this size, that would be perfect. If not, just use what you have. You will need some clean water in a bowl or a cup. You will need some oil pastels or some crayons. If you don't have oil pastels, you'll need a paper towel for cleanups and a map to protect your workspace. So now that you know what you'll need to complete this project, go ahead and gather those materials, and I'll see you back here in just a minute. 2. Step 1: Draw a Puppy Dog: Already, for instance, the first thing that we're going to do is we are going to draw our dog and a little bit of a background for a dog. So why don't you go ahead and get your oil pastel. You can choose any color, the like I'm going to choose black because I want to make sure that you can see it, okay. But make sure that it's a darker color. For example, instead of choosing a light color like yellow, you might choose a darker color like a dark blue or black, or even a red. If you'd like to choose a red, you can go ahead and do that. It's up to you, but I'm going to choose plat. Alright, so the first thing that I'm going to do is come about a quarter of the way down my piece of paper. And I'm going to make a line, a curve line about this big. So go ahead and do that. Now, we're going to leave a little bit of a space here and here. And we're going to make the letter U underneath this space without touching this line. Let me show you what I mean. So we're going to just pretend like there's a line coming down here, but we're not going to fill in in that space. So I'm going to come down here. I'm going to go slowly and carefully so I do my best work. And then I'm going to come back up. As you can see, my u isn't perfect and that's okay. That just will give your animal, your dog, some character. So I like it when that kind of stuff happens. All right. I'm going to go back up here because I want to make his ears. So I make a straight line coming out here. And then I curve around. I come down like this. So did you see what I did? I started here at this line. I came out, I curve down and now I'm going to curve back up. That's going to be my dog's ear. I'm going to do the same thing on the other side. So your ear can look similar to this ear or you can make it a different shape. Because when dogs run around or even when they're sitting there, sometimes their ears are different shapes. So I'm coming out, coming down and coming back up. So here I have my dog's head and face and his ears. Now let's go into the inside of his face and let's make some features of his face. So let's make an oval for his eye. And I'm keeping my eyes pretty far apart from each other. There we go. And then let's make his nose and that's going to be an upside-down triangle. So a straight line and another line coming down and backup. So it's like a straight line with a V underneath. And then my dog's going to be happy. So I'm going to make a line coming down from his nose in coming up like this. And another one on the other side, another line. Now, if you have room, you might want to consider making a little tongue for your dog. I always think that that looks cute if you have a little bit of room. And that's the middle part of his tongue. Okay, I'm also going to create a few more details. I'm going to make some little whisker areas like this. If you'd like to add any more details to your dog's face, you can go ahead and do that right now. What I'm going to do now is I'm going to move down to his collar into his body. So I'm going to make his color first. So that's just going to be a line coming down, curving around, and then coming back up and touching the bottom of this face. For his body, I'm going to come out from his collar and I'm going to make a curved line and another curve line. Alright? Now that we have those two curved lines, what we're going to do is we're going to come to the inside of his body. And I'm just going to mix two lines here and then put a foot, dog foot at the bottom. I'm just going to put three toes. That's how many? That's how much room I have. Room for three toes. And then the same on this side and then connect in the middle. Alright, now I'm going to make his hind legs. So I'm going to come out, come in with curved lines like this and then make his back foot and then connected to his toes. If I get going a little bit too fast for you, just pause your video. See you can catch up and then you can restart it again when you're ready. Okay. Same thing on this side. I'm going to make his back legs, so come out, come down, and then make his little foot and have it come in. That's q. Look at his body is real small in his head is really big. I like that. Look. Ok. Now I'm going to make a tail coming out from this side because that's where I want my tail. You want your tail on this side or anywhere else? Go ahead and put your tail end. And then I'm going to put a little bit of detail in here for his color, his tag on his collar. So I'm going to make a little line, a curved line, a straight line. And then I'm going to make a bone. And this is how I make a bone. So I have a straight line and then I have the number three on the right-hand side. And then I have a backwards number three on the left-hand side. And then I close up with oil pastels. It's a little bit more tricky to get detailed. But if you're using crayons, you can probably make this a little bit of a smoother line. Alright, so now I'm going to go down here and put a little bit of detail in the background. So I want my dog to be maybe sitting on some grass. So I'm going to make some bumpy little lines coming out the side and then out of this side to some bumpy little lines. Maybe I'll make a little ball down here for him to play with. If you can think of some other toys that your pet dog likes to play with, you can go ahead and put them here on the grass. I I have a dog Myself. I don't know if I ever told you that I have a dog and her name is Kelly, and she loves to play with toys. So this is the kind of story that she likes the best. It's a little tennis ball. So if you have a dog or if you have a dream dog, you can think about some toys that you'd like to put down here for him or her? I'm thinking maybe I'll put a little mountain or a hill in the background. So the way that I do that is I start here at the end. I come to the point where I touch my dog in, then I skip over my dog in, then I make some more lines going up. So it kinda looks like there's a hill behind my dog and then maybe I'll make another hill here. See how that looks like a little hill in the background. Alright, so I think I might want to put a couple of clouds up in the sky because I have a subspace here. You can put anything you want. If you want to put some birds are some clouds or a, or a son or a moon. It's up to you. And choosing to put some clouds. I like my clouds to be nice and fluffy. Alrighty friends at this point, if there's any other detail that you'd like to add to your drawing? Why don't you go ahead and do that now, I think I'm really happy I'm satisfied with my drawing, so I'm going to keep it as is. And I wanted to show you something. So with oil pastels, your hands will get pretty messy. See how it messy My hands are. But I understand that sometimes aren't gets messy and that's the fun of it. So I take my handy-dandy paper towel, I clean off my hands as much as I can and I know I'm going to maybe get my hands a little bit messy a little bit later, so I'm not going to go wash them, I'm just going to wipe them off already friends. In the next video, what we're going to do is we're going to take our watercolor paints and we're going to start painting or drawing, right? I'll see you back here in just a minute. 3. Step 2: Paint the Puppy Dog: Already friends. So in this step, what we're going to do is we're going to paint our puppy dog and our background. So let's take a moment to look at our drawing and make some decisions on the colors that we'd like to use. I think I'm going to paint my dog Brown. But if you want to paint your dog any other color, like pink or orange or blue, it's up to you because remember these are cartoon pet animals and we can color them and paint them any colors that we want. But I think I'm going to choose Brown. I think I'm going to use green for the grass, maybe purple or orange for the hills, and then maybe blue for this guy. Now you don't have to use the same colors that I do. Just get creative and decide the colors that you feel like using. Now what we're going to do first is we are going to prepare paints in the way that you do that is you drop one or two small drops of water in each pan of pain. And what this will do is it will prepare your paints. It will dissolve your paints just a little so that when you're ready to use them, then they'll be ready to go. Alright? This is what I'd like you to keep in mind. If you want your colors to be really strong, you're going to use a lot of paint and a little bit of water. If you want your colors to be a little bit softer, then you use a lot of water and a little bit of paint. And remember, you don't have to go directly from your pan of paint to your piece of paper. There's a special place on your paint set right here. It's called well, so you can use the wells on this paint palette right here to create some softer colors of paint. And you can even mix paints together if you want to. For example, I have some water here. It's hard for you to see that I know, but I'm going to put some brown in here, mix it up so it's a little bit lighter because if I took my paintbrush and I put it directly from the paint pan to myDog. It might be really, really dark and you might not be able to see his eyes and his other features. So I went to lighten it up with a little bit of water, do a little bit of a test. And oh, that's perfect. That is the color that I'm looking for. So I'm going to go ahead and paint my dog. Then after I paint my dog and I'm going to go slowly and carefully so I do my best work. After I paint my dog, I am going to go ahead and start painting the background. In what I'm going to do is I'm going to speed up my video. And the reason why I'm going to do that is because then you can watch me paint and see what I do, but then you can get started on your own. So let me go ahead and do that. It's going to paint my dog and my background. And I'll see you back here in just a minute. This is for tourists. Alright, you friends, I'm finished. I really like how my painting turned out. I want to go over a couple of things. As you can see, I have some darker areas and I have some lighter areas. And remember, if you want darker areas, you have more paint that you add to less water. If you want the lighter areas, you have more water than you have paint. I also changed my mind on the color for the little hills. I was going to paint them purple or orange. But then I decided, I think I like the color green for my hills. So even though my grass is green, I decided that I wanted green. So that's what I did and that's what I'd like you to do. This is your artwork, so you get to paint it any way that you want. So that's really, really important. Yours is not going to look like mine, and that's a really good thing. I hope that you enjoyed this project. I'll see you next time.