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Children's Art: How to Draw and Color an Underwater Scene Using Oil Pastels for Kids

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Underwater scene using oil pastels

Underwater scene using oil pastels

Underwater Drawing for Kids

Animal drawings or underwater animals drawings are kids' favorite, and kids learn to draw fish very fast. This article is a tutorial on how to draw an underwater scene for kids and how to color it using oil pastels.

Oil pastels are the best color medium for children learning art, and they should start by the age of 6–7 years. I always use oil pastels in my class because they blend easily and kids enjoy the shading and blending techniques.

The underwater scene is one topic that children love to draw and is often given in art competitions as well. Animals are not easy to draw, but fish and underwater creatures are not that difficult due to their less bony structure. So I hope the instructions and videos here will help many children to learn a simple underwater composition.

Why Use Oil Pastels?

Oil pastels allow the artist to learn to blend, mixing and shading much easily as compared to crayons or pencil colors. Learning oil pastels or soft pastels is fun for children because they can learn to blend theses using fingers or cotton or tissue or just by using the color itself. These are bright and gives a very nice result. So I highly recommend oil pastels for children of all ages.

Suggested Materials

All you need is a drawing file of any size. Quality does not matter here because oil pastels work well on most of the surfaces. Keep a pencil, eraser, sharpener, and pack of oil pastel at least 24 shades. Here we mostly buy Camel brand colors which are okay for beginners and not at all expensive. Any brand of oil pastels can be used here.

Art Supplies You'll Need

  • Pencil, eraser,
  • Sketch pens for outline
  • Pack of oil pastels

First Learn to Draw the Scene

  1. Draw few rocks on both the right and left sides bottom of the page.
  2. Draw seaweeds on both the rocks may be straight like grass or wavy.
  3. Draw few corals between the rocks to cover the space left.
  4. Draw one starfish and a crab on the rocks.
  5. Now draw a clownfish in the center of the drawing. Clownfish drawing is really simple.
  6. Draw one big angelfish in the middle empty area top and some baby size angelfishes behind the mummy angelfish.
  7. Now draw one octopus below the clownfish and one jellyfish anywhere.
  8. How to draw a clownfish, octopus, angelfish, jellyfish, can be learned from the video.
  9. Once all this is done outline the drawing using a black sketch pen, or you can use a green sketch pen for seaweeds as per your choice.
  10. Rub the drawing after outline for neatness and to remove pencil marks.

Next Color Your Drawing Using Pastels

  1. First, color the rocks using yellow ochre and use brown to shade on one side, then use ochre to blend these two colors. At last, you can do yellow on the lighter area and little black over brown on the darker portion.
  2. For the seaweed, fill light green first, now put a little dark green on one side and again blend both the colors using the lighter green shade.
  3. On the left side seaweed, use purple and lilac and mix both.
  4. Now use orange on the corals and red on one side. Now mix both colors using orange. You can try circular movements to mix the colors if you fail to get the desired result with spreading.
  5. Now fill orange in the clownfish leaving each alternate space white since clown fish is orange and white. Add black on its fins or can do black with a sketch pen.
  6. On angel fish use medium yellow for the body and black for the texture. Do the same on the baby angelfish.
  7. Fill peach color in the octopus and brown strokes on all around the face. Add brown on each of its tentacles and mix both the colors using the lighter shade which is a peach here.
  8. Color the jellyfish pink and use rose pink for shading on both sides of its body.
  9. Once all this is done color the background light blue. Use Prussian blue to show wavy strokes of water at few places and can also add white on the bubbles.
  10. Finally, your underwater scene is ready with some basic understanding of mixing and blending oil pastels. Please refer to the video to understand even better.

Art Tutorials For Children Ages 6–12 Years

My tutorials are simple and meant only for kids mainly of the age group 6-12 yrs. At the age of 12 children can do much better than this but sometimes it is the opposite. I hope my tutorial will help your kids learn art in a simple way. Your feedback is important, so please let me know if this was of any help for your kids and I will keep uploading more tutorials with full composition drawing in the future as well.

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Comments

Mrs Raza on September 17, 2019:

its nice. will show my kids

Rishi on February 16, 2019:

Its very good option to teach the children keep somE comptitatiins in nacharam

velia on May 22, 2017:

I love it, very easy and useful

arooba mansoor on May 18, 2016:

thanks for the drawing it is too good