Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Shark | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: Drawing and Watercolor Painting a Shark

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction to This Project and Supplies You Will Need


    • 2.

      Step 1: Draw a Shark


    • 3.

      Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Shark


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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun watercolor painting project for your child?

Would you like an experienced art teacher teaching your child?

The Shark Drawing and Watercolor Painting 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 Shark
  • Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Shark

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 to This Project and Supplies You Will Need: Hey, friends, how are you? I hope you're having a great D today. Today we will be creating this really cool shark watercolor painting. And I just wanted to introduce you to this project, and I'd like to tell you about the supplies and the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is some paper I'm using Watercolor paper here. It's a thick paper that holds a water color paint and water. Very well. So if you have watercolor paper available to you, I would suggest that if you don't, then you can just use any thick paper that will do just fine. Another thing that you'll need is watercolor paints. I like to use a set like this because you have a lot of different color options. This one here is a set of education watercolors by Crayola. The next thing the ill need is clean and clear water and a paintbrush. A pretty large paint brush. So you couldn't move the paint around and cover a large area quickly. You'll also need some oil pastels, these air a set that I got I don't know. I think I got it on Amazon, so you'll need either that or if you don't have oil pastels thing. You can get some crayons that will work just as well, and you'll need a handy dandy paper towel that helps with spills. And just sometimes you'll wanna dab your artwork and make sure that it's just the way that you want it. And then the last thing that you'll need is a mat or a piece of paper or something to go under your work area to keep that nice and clean. So I'm excited about this lesson and let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw a Shark: already. Welcome back to step number one of our shark painting. Let's get started with our shark drawing. I'm going to use some oil pastels. I'm going to use black. You can use any color that you like. I would suggest a darker color if you have it. And if you don't have oil pastels, which is what this is, then you can use crayons. You can use a Sharpie marker, or you could just use a regular pencil. It's up to you. I like to use the oil pastels because they have a really nice, dark, thick line, and that's what I love to teach with. So let's get started. The first thing that you want to do is you want to create some waves down here about 2/3 of the way down, or about 1/3 of the way up. So what that means is, if you caught your paper into three equal parts, it's about two of those parts down when we make our ocean. What we're going to do is we're going to make a backwards letter C and then we're going to come down with a line that looks like this and then make another backwards letter C. So here's the backwards letter, See right here and again right here in this line right here. It's almost like a question mark. If you put it this way, so now would come down and we go back up to our backwards letter C, you come down and we come up, come down and we come up, and then all the way across your paper, you might need more or less of your waves than I have on my sheet of paper. And I do have to tell you that this line is not the easiest line. It can get a little bit tricky, so you might want to practice this. All right, so now let's move up to our shark area, which is right up here, and I'm going to make ah, a curved line that looks like this. So I started here. I was going to run into my wave. I jumped over my wave and then I stopped right at the nose of my shark. And then I'm going to do the same thing on the other side, a curved line up, and then meet that purse line. It comes unto a slight point right at the top of the nose. Now what we're going to do is we're going to create our shark's mouth. And the way that we do that is we make an upside down letter you. So we go like this, and then we come down. What? I hit that little wave, so I don't wanna go right through it. I jumped right over it. Inside this upside down letter, you I'm going to make some res that are hooked together. This little oil pastel is very small. So I hope you can see what I'm doing now, right here at the top are going to make some nostrils nice and dark and then some nice dark eyes which are just going to be some ovals down here. I think I'm going to make some small fish. So the way that I make fish is a lie, And then a curved line that looks like this with a little dot for the I let me show you again a line, a curb line coming around like this, and then a little dot and then maybe I'll make one more right here about to swim off my piece of paper all righty up in the sky. I think I'm just going to put some small clouds. So maybe a few clouds, maybe three clouds. If you can think of something else that you would like to make instead of clouds, go ahead and do that if you want to make a sunshine. If you like to make some birds, it's completely up to you. So that's the drawing portion of our lesson. When we come back, then I will show you how to apply the water color. Paint CIA back hair in a minute. 3. Step 2: Watercolor Paint the Shark: already friends. So I'm back and we're going to move along to our painting portion of our artwork. And I am going to first of all, paint the shark, and I'd like to paint him a great color. If you look at my painting palette, you will not seek re in here. But what we do see is we do see black. So I'm going to take my black and I'm going to put a little bit inside one of these areas on my little lead, and it's a perfect place for me to do some color mixing. So for this color mixing, I'm just going to put a little bit of black with a lot of water, and that actually should create a really nice, great color. Let's test it out a little who I like. It's perfect. So what I'm going to Dio is I'm going to set this down now that I have my gray color and I'm just going to be painting my shark. I'm going to move that color around And remember, when you are painting watercolor painting, especially, you do want to move that paint around. You don't want to go over and over and over the same area, because what will happen is that your paper will start breaking down. It could even get a hole in it. I've seen that happen before, so just make sure that you move that paintbrush around with the paint on it. That way it will, um, not get a hole in it. There we go. There's the outside of my shark's body. The next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to paint the inside of my shark's mouth, and I'd like that to be a red color, so I'm just going to try to stay as close as I can inside the lines. If my paint goes a little bit outside of the lines, that's okay. It's no problem. That's just the nature. Um, watercolor paints. Watercolor paints kind of do what they want to do sometimes. So don't worry too much about it if they go in a place where you weren't expecting, All right. As you can see, a little bit of my red paint got on here, but I'm not even going to worry about it, because when I paint my sky, it'll blend right in. It will probably even create a little bit more interest. All right, so for my ocean down here, I'm going to use a darker blue. And I'm just going to continue painting. I'm going to speed at this video. Let me tell you what I'm going to do. I'm going to paint the ocean, and then I'm going to paint the sky, and then I'm going to paint the fish last. And I want to remember. If I stay within the lines of all of these things, then things will not spread as much. But if I go outside of the lines, they're more likely to spread. So it's up to you and what you want. All right. I'll see you a minute already . Friends. There we go. There is our shark coming up right out of the water. And I wanted to mention a couple of things. Sometimes paintbrushes. They can leave little hairs on your piece of paper. I have a few hairs on my little piece of paper right here. And if that happens to you, it's okay. Just leave it for now. And then once you're painting dries, you could pick off those little hairs. More inexpensive paintbrushes, kind of like the one I have here. They tend to leave hairs behind a little bit. What happens is the little hairs fall out of this area right here. So don't worry too much about it. Also, I have some little bits of my oil pastel that I'm just going to leave alone. And at the end, after everything is dry, maybe I can wipe those away as well. Remember, though, with oil pastels. If you swipe oil pastels like this, then what happens is everything will smear. So you have to be really careful when you're wiping away. Well, pastels. And one more thing. If you want to create a sky that kind of looks like this, you add a little bit of a little bit more pain, a little bit of less paint, a little bit more water in certain areas, and that'll give that effect of the sky not being completely even. So I hope that you enjoy this part of the lesson and I will see you next time