Thursday, November 10, 2016

How To Paint A Picture Of A Swan In A Lake

This is an easy art lesson with a printable worksheet that can be used in class or at home.

The swimming swan a classic picture. It is a fun and easy project that any artist can make look good. When finished the young artist will have a sense of accomplishment and confidence.

Teachers, parents and homeschool families can use this in class or send it home as a do on your own project. It can be done as an extra assignment or given as a lesson by itself.

Learning to paint takes practice and you have to give it time. If you get frustrated do not give up, it is actually a good sign, it shows you have the gift of art and you are struggling with your skill level since your skill has not caught up to your talent. A real artist is harder on themselves than anyone else. Draw and paint every day and soon you will be making beautiful pictures. I have a lot of painting projects and I am adding more each week so come back and try another.

  • With some printers, you can just highlight it and send it to your printer.
  • Some printers work better if you copy and paste the image into a Word Document then print as you would normally. (If you get a small image just adjust the margins from the page layout in the toolbar, then drag the image to enlarge it.)
  • Some printers work better if you first drag the image to your desktop and print from there.
 Remember to set your printer to color.

If you have problems printing see the "HOW TO PRINT" tab above or try one of the updated links below that should print better.

Printable Worksheet How To Paint A Swan 

You may also like the How t\to Paint an Island in a Lake. CLICK HERE.

Here are two files that may print better

CLICK HERE for a file in photo format.
CLICK HERE for a file in universal portable formate.

Trace the picture onto heavy watercolor paper, if it is too dark to trace through try holding it against a window with the light shining through. If you use a copier you can enlarge the swan and then trace a larger one.

Paint the water with a large brush and with a lot of water in your color paint the water using long back and forth strokes. Use dark blue and green in the top and light blue in the bottom Add a little violet or lavender. Keep the paint wet and let the colors blend as you push them back and forth across the water. Remember to leave an area white for the reflection of the swan.


After the water has dried use a small brush and draw in the shadows on the swan. Make a mix with a very little black and a little blue together. Keep it pale since you are only drawing the shadows on a white bird. I keep a little tissue near so I can blot it up if it is too dark.

Add the details to the face and the black edge to the bill last.

The shadow in the water is not black but blue-black. Mix dark blue and black to do the shadow in the water. Keep some areas white and have the shadow mirror the shape of the swan.

After it has all dried look at it and see if it needs some movement or interest in the water. You can use a thin liner brush and add some white to put ripples to the water. You can also use a liner brush and a blue that is several shades darker and draw some ripples in the water.

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