Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Snowman and His Christmas Tree | Em Winn | Skillshare

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Art for Kids: How to Draw and Watercolor Paint a Snowman and His Christmas Tree

teacher avatar Em Winn, Teacher, Art Instructor, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      Introduction and Supplies You Will Need


    • 2.

      Step 1: Draw a Snowman Design


    • 3.

      Step 2: Paint the Design


    • 4.

      Step 3: Add Snowflakes


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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun and unique Christmas 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 Snowman and His Christmas Tree 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 6+. 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 three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw a Snowman Design
  • Step 2: Paint the Design
  • Step 3: Add Snowflakes to the Design

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 watercolor painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Snowman and His Christmas Tree 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


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'd like to introduce you to this project. 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 C, you will feel comfortable at all times. Today we are going to be creating this watercolor painting and drawing of a snowman and a Christmas tree. Let's go over the supplies and 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 and some clean water in a bowl or a cup. You will need a paintbrush for your water color paints and a paintbrush for your snowflakes. We're going to use a different type of paint for your snowflakes. And we'll talk about that in a moment. You will need a black crayon and you will need a paper towel. And the type of paint that we're going to use for our snowflakes. This type of paint, It's called tempera. If you do not have tempera paint, you can use acrylic paint or poster paints that should work just as well. You'll also need some sort of a pallet to put your tempera paint onto. And I like to use a paper plate. 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 Snowman Design: In this step we are going to draw our snowman design. So let's get started. Go ahead and picked up your black crayon. We're going to come about 1 third down on a piece of paper. And this is the spot where we are going to be creating our hat, our little beanie for our snowman. So what we're going to do is we're going to start out with an upside-down letter U. And like I said, it's going to be on the left side of your piece of paper. Now let's close up that you with a line and then make another line above that. Now let's put a little palm, palm on the top if you'd like little puff ball. And then if you'd like to add any more details on here, you can go ahead and do that. And I'm going to just make some stripes here. All right, Now let's move down to underneath the cap and we're going to make some curved lines. This is going to be for our snow man's face. And then underneath that, we're going to make a straight line. And then underneath that we're going to make another straight line. This is going to be the scarf for our snowman. Let's connect those two lines. Just like that. Now down here, underneath the scarf, we're going to make one more really big circle. So I'm going to make a full circle because this part right here, we're not going to make a curved line that's more of a straight line for his scarf. So let's make some lines that come down like this. And then some more lines that come like this, that's going to be the end of the scarf. If you'd like to put a little fringe on there, you can go ahead and do that to add a little bit of detail. Now let's go back up to the face and let's add a face onto our snowman. I'm going to make some eyes. Make sure there are approximately the same size. Probably not going to be exactly the same size, but get as close as you can. And nose, I'm going to have a carrot nose and a little smile. Like to make this kind of smile for my snowman. But if you'd like a different type of smile, go ahead and do that. All right. I think I'd like to put some coal buttons right here. I'm just going to put three. And then I'm going to put some arms coming out, some twig arms. This. All right. The next step is we're going to create a Christmas tree that is standing right next to our snowman. So we're going to start pretty close to the top of our piece of paper, but not touching the top. Because we do want to put a star at the very top. So come down a little bit from the top. We're going to make two slanted lines. And then underneath those slanted lines, we're going to make wavy lines like this. That's going to be the tippy top of our Christmas tree. Now underneath here, we're going to go in just a little bit. And then we're going to make two more slanted lines. And then we're also going to make some wavy lines that close up those two lines. And then we are going to just keep doing this same thing as we go down our tree. So two lines and then wavy lines, closing those up. Now as you can see, I am running into my snowman with my lines. So for my last set of lines, what I'm going to do is I'm going to remember that they are behind my snowman, so I'm just going to make the line on this side. And then I'm going to make those curvy lines and then I'm going to stop right here. So it looks like the tree is behind the snowman a little bit. All right. Now I'm going to make a trunk for my Christmas tree. And then what I'm going to do is I'm going to go back and I'm going to add some ground. So I'm going to go like this. Kinda looks like snow. That's what I want it to look like. There we go. Now, if you'd like to, you can add some details to your drawing. So I'm going to add a star here at the top. I like my stars to look like that. I hope you can see that at the top. If you can't, let me show you how I make a star. Sorry, start with an upside down V. Then I come out with a straight line, then I come in with straight lines. And then I come down with a straight line. And then I come back in. I like this kind of star because it's not perfect. It looks pretty handmade and that's the type of drawing that I like. So then I think I'm going to add some just very simple decorations to this tree. And those are just going to be some circles. If there are other decorations that you feel like you'd like to add to the tree. Go ahead and do that. This is your artwork. And you get to do what you want on your own artwork. After you're finished with adding some decorations to the tree, go ahead and take a look at your drawing to see if there's anything else you'd like to add. I think I'd like to add some black crayon to my coal buttons. I forgot to do that earlier. So just notice that if you'd like to add any more detail to your hat, go ahead and do that. Remember, we will add some stars into the background with our white paint so you don't need to add anything to the background unless you want to. And I think I'm finished with my drawing. So I am going to stop right there. And when we come back, we will start painting. 3. Step 2: Paint the Design: In this step, we are going to add some watercolor paint to our design. So let's get started. The first thing that we're going to do is we're going to add a drop or two of water to each of our pans of paint. And what this will do is it will soften up our paints so they're much easier for us to use. It's just a good step to take. All right, Now that we've done that, let's turn our attention to our drawing. I'm going to keep in mind that my background is going to be a darker color because when I add my snowflakes with the white, I like them to really stand out. So I am not going to make a yellow background because I would be thinking that maybe my snowflakes that are going to be white would not stand out. So I'm probably going to have a dark blue or maybe even a light blue background. I'm going to keep my snowman white. So I'm not going to paint my snow man's face or his body at all. And then I am not sure about the color of my cat and my scarf. Maybe I'll make a mixture of different colors. And then a green tree. And I'm also going to keep this snow down here white as well. So I'm going to take a minute to go ahead and paint my painting. I'll start with my green. And then you can go ahead and paint yours as well. And when we come back, we will talk about what the next step is. All right, friends. So I'm finished painting my design. As you can see up here, the colors spread around a little bit. And I really like the way that that looks because it looks like that star is glowing. So if your paint starts are running around and going into other paints, paint colors, that's normal for watercolor paints. That's just the nature, the paint. So you can allow that to happen if you'd like, like I do. Or you can stop that from happening by touching it gently with your paper towel. So for example, right here, if I wanted to do that, it would take up a little bit of the paint and then it would stop the paint from spreading. Okay, in the next step, what we're going to do is we are going to add some white paint to our background and we're going to create some snowflakes. So what you'll want to do is you'll want to let this dry for about 10 minutes. And then when we come back, we will be ready to paint our snowflakes. 4. Step 3: Add Snowflakes: In this step, we are going to paint our snowflakes on our background. So let's get started. We're going to put a little bit of this white tempera paint onto our paint palette. And you're going to use your small paintbrush. And you're just going to start painting your snowflakes. You can paint them as large or as small as you'd like. And the shapes you paint your snowflakes is up to you. The type of snowflake that I am going to paint are just going to be some lines that are intersecting in the middle. And the reason why I like this type of Snowflake is because it's simple to make, but also I think it looks really, really cool. So I'm going to spend a minute and I am going to go around my whole, entire background and I'm going to create this type of snowflake. Remember when you are creating snowflakes, snowflakes don't fall in a straight line. They Pena scatter as they fall. So keep that in mind when you are creating your snowflakes. Already, friends, I am finished creating my snowflakes. I really like how it turned out. I hope that you enjoyed this lesson. I will see you next time.