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

Updated on March 20, 2017

Introduction—Underwater Drawing for Kids

Animal drawings or underwater animals drawings are kids favorite, and kids learn to draw fishes very fast. This hub 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 it should star by the age of 6-7 yrs. 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 mostly given in art competitions also. Animals are not easy to draw, but fishes 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 composition of underwater.

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 very nice result. So I highly recommend oil pastels for children of all ages.

Materials Required

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 of 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.

So keep:

  1. Pencil, eraser,
  2. Sketch pens for outline
  3. Pack of oil pastels

Step by Step—Learn to Draw the Scene First

  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 clown fish in the center of the drawing. Clown fish drawing is really simple.
  6. Draw one big angel fish in the middle empty area top and some baby size angelfishes behind the mummy angel fish.
  7. Now draw one octopus below the clown fish and one jellyfish anywhere.
  8. How to draw a clown fish, 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 green sketch pen for seaweeds as per your choice.
  10. Rub the drawing after outline for neatness and to remove pencil marks.

Learning art from internet

Do you prefer complete composition drawing tutorials online for you kids or in parts?

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Learn to Draw a Simple Underwater Scene Here:

Learn to 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 seaweeds 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, sea weeds 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 clown fish 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 same on the baby angel fishes.
  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 of oil pastels. Please refer the video to understand even better.

Learn to Color the Underwater Scene Using Oil Pastels:

Only for Children—Age Group 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 opposite. I hope my tutorial will help your kids learn art in a simple way. Your feedback is important, so please let me now if this was of any help for your kids and I will keep uploading more tutorials with full composition drawing in future as well. Thanks.


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      Mrs Raza 

      9 months ago

      its nice. will show my kids

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      16 months ago

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

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      3 years ago

      I love it, very easy and useful

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      arooba mansoor 

      4 years ago

      thanks for the drawing it is too good


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