Art for Kids and Beginners: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Sugar Skull for Dia de Los Muertos | Em Winn | Skillshare
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Art for Kids and Beginners: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Sugar Skull for Dia de Los Muertos

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction and Supplies You Will Need

      1:06

    • 2.

      Step 1: Draw a Sugar Skull Design

      6:19

    • 3.

      Step 2: Paint the Design

      3:21

    • 4.

      Step 3: Paint the Background

      2:00

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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun and unique watercolor 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 Sugar Skull drawing and watercolor 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. This project is perfect to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead.

There are two steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Sugar Skull Design
  • Step 2: Paint the Design with Watercolor Paints

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

Students will learn basic drawing and watercolor painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Sugar Skull 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 really great day today. I'd like to introduce you to this project. This is a drawing and watercolor 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 show you step-by-step through all the steps you need to take to be successful. Let's go over the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of watercolor paper. You will need some watercolor paints. You will need a paintbrush and a cup or a bowl with clean water. You will need either a black oil pastel or a black crayon and a paper towel. So go ahead and gather all of those supplies and materials. And I'll see you back here in the next video. 2. Step 1: Draw a Sugar Skull Design: In this step we are going to draw our sugar skull design. So let's get started. The first thing that you're going to do is you're going to pick up your oil pastel or your crayon. And we are going to take a look at our piece of paper. Our piece of paper is going to be filled up with our designs. So we want to make sure that our sugar skull isn't tiny like this. We want to make sure that it fills up almost the entire space. And then whatever space that we don't fill in with the sugar skull, then we will add some more designs, some flowers. So what we're going to do first is go about a third of the way up the piece of paper. And you're going to make an upside-down letter C. Alright, so if we turn to this paper around, it would look like the letter C. Now what we're going to do is we're going to bring two lines down. And then we're going to close those two lines up. Alright, so that's the actual part of our sugar skull that we're going to add the features onto. Now we're going to add our features which are going to be two eyes, which are going to be pretty large. So let's make one too. If they're not exactly the same size, That's okay. Now we're going to make a nose and it's going to be a triangular shape, but it's going to have soft ankles, meaning that these angles right here aren't going to be super pointy. Then we're going to make a mouth down here and let me show you how to make a mouth. So you make a straight line and then you come down with more straight lines going the other way, going vertically. Now it's time to add some designs to our sugar skull. This is what I'd like you to keep in mind. When you are adding some designs to one side of your sugar skull, you're going to add the same designs to your other side of your sugar skull. Because this sugar skull is going to be symmetrical, meaning that the designs on one side are going to be the same as the designs on the other side. Let me show you what I mean. So if I put a heart right here on the cheek, on this side, I need to do the same thing on this side. That way, my sugar skull will stay symmetrical. If I want to add a flower inside this, a big flower, I need to add it on this side. And then I need to do the same thing on this side. Remember we get to decorate any way that we want with any designs. Now, if I want to add some dots on this side or some circles, I'm going to add them on this side, and I need to add them on this side as well. Then if you want to put something in the very middle, e.g. a. Circle here, that would be fine because if you cut that circle in half, it would be symmetrical on each side. I think I'm going to add some more circles down here at the bottom. Now, it seems like I need something right here. Maybe I'll put a cool little mustache, a curly one. Then maybe here at the top, I'll add a flower, a large flower with some petals. Two petals on this side and two petals on this side. And then I'm going to add some leaves. So add one leaf here, and I'll add one leaf here. I see some space right here. So I think I'll add a triangle like this. And then maybe even adult right here. Now I have a little bit more space up here. I think I'll add curvy line like this, like a swirly line. And then I need to do the same thing on this side. Does yours needs to look exactly like mine? Nope. Whoever's can look like yours. That's a good thing when yours looks different from mine. Alright, now that we have our sugar skull design complete it, Let's add a little bit of color on the outside of our sugar skull. So I'm going to add some flowers. These do not need to be symmetrical from one side to another. So I'm going to add that. Then maybe I'll add one here off of the corner. I like to do that. Sometimes I like to add flowers off of the corner. Maybe I'll add one up here because I do have a big space up here. Perfect. And then I'll add one more here. If there are any other spaces that you feel like you need to fill up, go ahead and do that. I think I'd like to add some big leaves. Add a leaf here, maybe elif here, maybe a leaf here, maybe even a leaf here. And then a couple of leaves up here. The way that I make leaves are just two curved lines that are hooked together. And then maybe one here, smaller one. There are many, many different ways that you can make leaves. Also, if there are different types of flowers that you'd like to make, you can go ahead and do that as well. Now that we have our design, what we're going to do is we're going to start painting. In the next step. When we come back, we will apply some watercolor paints to our design. 3. Step 2: Paint the Design: In this step, we're going to apply some watercolor paints to our design. So the first thing that we're going to do is we're going to drop one or two drops of water into each pan of paint. And what that will do is it will soften up the paint a little bit so they are easier for us to use. So I'm going to take a moment to do that. That's a really important step. Alright, now that those paints or softening up, Let's take a look at our design. Plan out what we're going to do. I'm going to keep my sugar skull white. Then I'm going to paint my background black because I really like the look of the white against the black. It will make the white stand out really, really well. And then I'm just going to add some other colors, some bright and vivid colors to my design. I'm going to use my black paint last because it's a very strong and powerful color. And if you add black to your water, the water will get muddy a lot more quickly. So I'm going to start painting my bright colors first, and then afterwards I will paint the background with black. Alright? So I think I know already what I'm going to do with my flowers. I'm going to paint them orange in the middle. And then I think I'll paint them pink for the petals. And then I will paint my leaves green. And I'm just going to see how I feel about everything and go from there. What I'm going to do is I'm going to speed up this video so you can watch me and it will look like I'm speed painting. But in reality, I'm not really speed painting. I'm going slowly and carefully. So I do my best work. I'm going to try as much as I can to stay inside the lines. If I go out of the lines a little bit, though, That's okay. That happens to me sometimes. I will see you back here in just a minute. All right, friends. So now I'm finished painting with my super bright colors. When we come back in the next step, I'm going to apply my black paint to the background and then also to the eye area, into the nose area. So I'll see you back here in the next video. 4. Step 3: Paint the Background: In this step, I'm going to apply some black paint to the background and to the eye area, into the nose area. So let me show you how to prepare the black paint. What I'm going to do is I'm going to put some water, some drops of water inside one of the wells. And what I'm going to do then is I'm going to add some of this beautiful black paint. Now that I have a little well of black paint, I'm just going to start painting my background and let me test it out a little bit first. Yeah, that looks really nice. I might run out of this black paint, but I'm going to just make some more with some water. Then I will just continue to paint the entire background and the eye area and the nose area. I'll speed up this video so you can watch me. Alrighty friends. I'm finished painting my sugar skull background. And I really like the way that my sugar skull turned out. I hope that you have fun with this lesson. I'll see you next time.