Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels

Transporation is a very fun theme for kids to explore. You can have loads of fun for kids with different art projects.

Today I have a fun transportation painting activity with cars and planes.

This is a fun mixed art project that could be used with many different ages with simple changes. You can have fun making this simple art project with watercolor and oil pastels.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

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This is a great addition to the cookie cutter activities and transportation crafts on the site.

I love when you can pair a book with our activity. A great book to use is Transportation!: How People Get Around. I love Gail Gibbons books. They are so much fun. You can learn all about different transportation types.

What you need to make your Transportation Painting

These are all the items we used to make this painting.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Making the Car and Plate Stencil

This is how I made templates used for the cars and planes from cookie cutters. I used the cookie cutters from the cookie cutters. It is my favorite set!

Trace the Cookie Cutter

You take the cookie cutter and then use a pencil and trace inside the cookie cutter making the car and plane shapes. I always make extra of them.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Cut out the Stencil of the Car and Airplane

You then use a small pair of scissors to cut put the inside of the tracing. You use small pointed scissors because it is easier to cut in small spaces. You can also use an exacto knife.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

How we made the Transportation Painting

Drawing the Background

You draw a line for the road and the bushes. This is a great way to work on learning the size of the area for the road, bushes, and sky. If you have younger kids you can draw the lines for them.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Color the Cars with the stencil

You take the stencil and have them hold the stencil in place and color the space inside the car with oil pastel. You can use any color you want for the cars. Kids can be creative with their color choices. This works best with one solid color but does not mean you can’t mix colors.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Color the Planes with the stencil

You are going to repeat the process with the planes. You can color the plane white or silver. It all depends on what colors you want your plane to be.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Draw the Lines on the Road

You can use oil pastels to draw the lines on the road to make a two lane road. Super simple and easy to do.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Paint the Road Black with Watercolors

You take a big paintbrush and use watercolors to paint the road. The bottom part of the paper is going to be a black road. But you can let kids be creative the road could be any color they want.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Paint the Sky Blue

Next, we move to the sky and paint the sky blue. But really this could be a sunset picture as well! As you paint the sky you can see the planes in the sky.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Paint the Bushes Green

Finally, we painted the bushes or trees between the road and the sky. You can see we used green and this could be painting any way you want. You fill the area between the road and the sky.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Decorate the Planes & Cars

Finally you decorate the cars and planes. We used the graphite pencil 8B. It works wonders for coloring over the oil pastels coloring.

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com


Here is a look a the final transportation painting

Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com
Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

Check out these other Transportation Activities

Go, Go, Go, Stop – Traffic Light Fun

Transportation Road Shape Tracing Printable

Air Vehicle Themed Counting Mats

Car Counting Mats Numbers 1 to 10

Transportation Number Find

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Transportation Painting with Watercolors and Oil Pastels - a super fun car and plane painting that kids can do with mixed art of watercolor and oil pastels - 3Dinosaurs.com

About Cassie

Cassie is a mom of three stomping, romping, and roaring girls. She blogs about fun art and craft activities and printables she makes. She includes the odd review of products every now and then. She also blogs about the places that she has taken the girls called trip reviews. She has a few free printable pack for kids ages 2 to 8 and always adding more. She loves to get comments and feedback and always looking for new things to try or do with her girls.
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