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Beginners & Kids Painting Lesson: How to Paint Lovely Flowers With Acrylic or Tempera Paints

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

      1:43

    • 2.

      Step 1: Draw the Floral Design

      3:50

    • 3.

      Step 2: Outline the Design With Black Paint

      3:32

    • 4.

      Step 3: Apply Color to the Design

      5:23

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About This Class

Are you looking for a fun and unique painting project? 

Would you like an experienced art teacher guiding you through the creative process?

This Lovely Flowers 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.

There are three steps in this art project:

  • Step 1: Draw the Design
  • Step 2: Outline the Design
  • Step 3: Apply Paint to  the Design

The process used to teach this project is a step-by-step method that will inspire and delight the beginner painter 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 tempera and acrylic painting techniques and apply these techniques to complete this project. This Lovely Flowers 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 to This Project 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 painting flowers project that was 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 things that you need to do to be successful. I'd like to go for the supplies in the materials that you will need for this project. The first thing that you'll need is a piece of heavy white paper. You will need a pencil with an eraser. You will need a flat paintbrush. And if you don't have this exact paintbrush, That's okay, just use what you have. You will need a paper towel because we will not be using water today to clean our brush. We're just going to use a paper towel and it will work just fine. I'll show you how. And then you'll need some paints. You will definitely need a black paint and a white paint. And then any other colors that you have available? I used red for the vase. I use blue for the background. I used brown for my table. I used green for the leaves, and I use purple for the flowers. Now remember if you have different colors, That's okay, but you will need black and white for sure. I'm excited about sharing this lesson with you. Let's get started. 2. Step 1: Draw the Floral Design: In this step, we are going to create our floral design. And what we're going to do is we are going to draw our floral design with our pencil first before we apply paint. So what you're going to do is think about your paper. Divide it in half. Upper half is for the most part going to be your flowers. The lower half is going to be your vase and your table that the flowers are going to be sitting on. So let's go ahead and draw our flowers. Our flowers are going to just be circular flowers. And they're not going to be tiny. They're going to be pretty big and they're going to touch one another. So some can be big, sun can be a little bit smaller. But just make sure that as you're drawing the circles, they touch one another. One here. And I think to balance it out, I'll make one more circle here. Now that I have my circles, maybe I'll make one more here. Now that I have my circles, I'm going to make a dot in the middle of each circle. In this will remind me that I need to put a little bit of paint there. Okay, now that I have my circles in my dots, I'm going to work on my vase and to make my base, I'm just going to make a line. And then I am going to make some sort of lines coming down this way. They can just be curved lines or they can be straight lines. It's completely up to you what your base is going to look like. I think I'm going to have more of a rectangular base or a square base for this project. So I think I'm going to go like this. I usually make diagonal lines coming down, but I think for this one I am going to make a rectangular base. Now what I'm going to do is I'm going to make a table for my base to sit on. And I'm just going to make my table curve line here. And I'm going to jump over that base and I'm going to make a curved line here. And so it looks like my base is sitting on top of a table. So I have my flowers, I have my vase, and I have my table. The last thing that I'm going to do now that I know where everything is going to be, is I'm going to add some leaves. So I'm going to put a leaf here and it's going to be pretty big. Maybe a leaf here. And these are just curved lines. Maybe a leaf here, maybe a leaf here. And maybe a leaf here. Maybe even one here going off the piece of paper. And let's see, maybe one here. Now of course, your leaves are going to look a little bit different than mine, as is your whole, entire piece of art, because you're a different person than I am. And you have your own things that you like. Let's think I'm going to go like this now. You see that I went over my base. I'm going to have to erase that part right there. So that will remind me not to paint over that. So it looks like the leaf is in front of the base and that's the look that I'm going for. So I think that I'm finished withdrawing my design. And in the next step when we come back, we will be doing some painting on top of our pencil lines. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. 3. Step 2: Outline the Design With Black Paint: In this step, I'm going to take my smaller flat paintbrush and I'm going to cover my pencil lines with my black paint. Now, when you're covering your pencil lines with your black paint, make sure that you hold your paint brush straight up and down is my tissue can not to the side. The more that you hold it to the side, the thicker your line will be. And for this particular project, we want a thinner line. So you'll want to hold the paintbrush more vertically like this up and down. I hope that you can see that on the video. I'm going to dip my paintbrush. I'm going to load my paintbrush with some paint and I'm going to stop, start close to the top of my piece of paper so that my hand doesn't go into the paint. And I'm just going to start with a very thin line. And I am going to start covering my pencil lines with my black paint. And I'm not pressing hard. I am pressing very softly because I want to keep that really thin line as much as possible. What I'm going to do at this point is speed up the video. So you can watch me in fast motion. It might look like kind painting very quickly, but I'm not, I'm painting slowly because I'm trying to do my best work. So I will see you back here in just a minute. Already friends. So I've finished outlining my pencil lines with my black paint. And as you can see right here, I forgot to erase this line. So I'm going to do that after my paint dries. I also wanted to mention that I didn't paint the little dot in the center because I wanted to show you a trick. So this is a trick that my art teacher showed me when I was growing up. You, you take the back of your paintbrush. Not not the top, not where the brushes are, but the back of it. You load a little bit of paint onto there and it makes a nice round circle. If you have enough paint on your back of your paintbrush. So go ahead and dip the back of your paintbrush into your paint and then you can make a nice round circle. So now that we have our center dot in our flowers, what we're going to do is we're going to allow our painting to dry completely. And when we come back for the next video, we are going to be applying paint. So I'll see you back here in a little bit. 4. Step 3: Apply Color to the Design: Already friends, so I'm back and my painting is completely dry, and that's exactly how I'd like it to be. Now the first thing that I'm going to do is I am going to do a little bit of erasing with my eraser on the back of my pencil. Because there are a few lines here that I see that I need to erase. I'm just going to take maybe about a minute to do that. And that will just kind of clean things up a little bit. You don't have to get every single mark. But just the ones that are really obvious. I always like to take a moment to do that. It doesn't take long and it can really help with your finished project. Okay, whoops, there's one more up here. There we go. Okay, the next thing that I'm going to do is I'm going to take a look at my palette and notice the colors that I have. Your colors might be completely different than mine. I would suggest that you have white because on this project I'm going to be using a lot of white. If you'd like to use a lot of white as well, go ahead and do that. But if you don't, that's okay too. You can make your your flowers in your painting brighter than I do. I'm just going to be using a lot of white, so I'll use more of a pastel, a palette. On my palette, I have a larger dollop of white paint. I have brown and purple, and blue, and green and red. Your colors don't have to be exactly the same as mine. Those are just the colors that I'm choosing to use. So what I'm going to do is I'm just going to start painting. I'm going to start with my flowers. My flowers are going to be mostly white with a little bit of purple streaking in them. And what I'm going to do to create that effect is I'm going to put quite a bit of white paint onto my paintbrush. I'm going to load it on and then just a little tiny dot of purple. Do you see how I did that? I've mostly white and I have a little bit of purple. Then I'm just going to start painting. And I am going to make sure that I don't blend my colors together. I want my colors to be pretty streaky. So I want my colors to be pretty streaky and I wanted to try to not go onto my black my black lines. So I'm just going to start painting. I'm going to go slowly and carefully. And when I feel like I need to add more white, I'm going to add more white. I feel like I need to add more purple. I'm going to go ahead and do that. And then after I'm finished painting them, that the flowers, I'm going to just let them be. I'm not going to go over and over and over the same areas. Because if I do that, I know that my colors we'll all get blended together and I want them to be more of a streaky look. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to speed up the video. But before I do that, I want to explain something. You're not going to have any water here to clean your paintbrush. So when you're finished painting with your first color and your white, you'll take your paper towel. We'll wipe your paintbrush onto your paper towel if you need to give it a little squeeze, a little hug, go ahead and do that. But that's a really good way to get paint off. Paintbrush if you don't want to use water. So I'm going to go ahead and continue on paint to my whole entire painting. You can watch me if you'd like, because it will just take a couple of minutes for me to do this. But to you it's going to look like it's just taking about 40 seconds. So I'll see you back here in just a minute. Already friends. I'm back and I'm finished and I'm really liking my artwork. I wanted to mention one thing. You notice that I got a lot of paint onto my black lines in that actually just adds to the charm of this style of painting. So if you don't mind that look, which I tend to really like that type of look. Then go ahead and let a little bit of your paint get on your black lines. All right, I hope that you enjoyed this project. I'll see you next time.